Jeph Loeb Explains ‘The Defenders’ Eight Episode Length
Though the premiere of Marvel’s The Defenders is just around the corner, fans still have plenty of questions. Chief among them is why the team up series is only eight episodes when the four lead up shows were 13.
Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb spoke to Collider on the decision to go with eight hours of The Defenders.
“It had nothing to do with cost, it was always eight. It had to do with what was the best way to tell the story and our feeling was it broke really nicely. When you watch the show you sort of see that’s sort of Act 1 and that’s Act 2 and Act 3,” said Loeb. “You know, you have to remember that when you have that many characters you have to be able to service them, but you also don’t want to overload the audience, and you want to be able to tell a story that’s compelling and will go along, and look, if you finish the eight and wish there was 13, then good on us.”
The Defenders features Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist teaming up to take on The Hand, a reanimated Elektra (Elodie Yung) and their leader Alexandra, portrayed by the legendary Sigourney Weaver.
Starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist and Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Marvel’s The Defenders premieres all eight episodes Friday, August 18 on Netflix.
Source: Screen Rant