Today, Marvel revealed that their previously confirmed Netflix shows would, indeed, keep continuity with the Avengers/S.H.I.E.L.D. universe. The four shows (featuring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, respectively) will all lead into an Avengers-esque mini-series to be titled, The Defenders.
In many ways, this new set of series seem to be rooted on the idea of the underdogs in the Marvel universe. After all, we’ve yet to see the lives of the superheroes who manage the everyday drudgery of saving the world, rather than handling the big stuff (as Captain America might) or the clean-up (like Coulson’s team would). Indeed, Chief Creative Officer at Marvel Entertainment, Joe Quesada, described this new faction of heroes as being, “the street level noir side of the Marvel Universe” (source).
I’m not completely sold on the need for four new superheroes all at once. However, after getting confirmation that Marvel will be using these to fully flesh out its universe, I’m excited. What Marvel’s doing here is quite special and unusual. They’re not doing crossovers for a quick buck, they’re really creating an entire fictional universe in a way that opens the door for all sorts of compelling thematic and character interaction unique to modern entertainment.
For some laughs, here’s a video from ItsJustSomeRandomGuy about Marvel’s love of continuity:
As the release of what fans are calling “the Defenders Saga” is slated for 2015, my money’s on a Defenders-esque lead-in after the end credits of The Avengers: Age of Ultron.