Ever since its inception, Marvel’s Netflix universe has been slated to get its own super-team named “The Defenders”. According to details posted on the industry website productionweekly.com, that series has now gone into production under the working title of “Group Therapy.”
Working titles are often given to TV series for which there is strong media interest. The aim is to help disguise the production’s true identity, minimizing the chance of plot points being leaked or filming being disrupted. All Marvel’s Netflix series have had working titles to throw casual observers off the scent. Tn the case of “Daredevil,” there were different working titles for each season. However, it is the Marvel movie “The Avengers,” whose working title, “Group Hug,” most mirrors that given to “The Defenders.”
The contrast between a “hug” and “therapy” seems stark and could possibly imply a difference in tone between the two teams’ adventures. The first coming together of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes ended up with the gang going out together to get some shawarma — are “The Defenders” more likely to bump into each other while waiting to see their analysts?
Marvel’s “Defenders” made their comics debut in “Marvel Feature” #1, cover dated December 1971. From the beginning they were more of a collection of outsiders than a cohesive team unit, with Hulk, Namor the Sub-Mariner and Doctor Strange serving as the initial core members. The line-up changed over the years, but the Netflix team of Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist are by far the most street-level group of heroes to assume the name.
Executive produced by Douglas Petrie, Marco Ramirez, Drew Goddard and Jeph Loeb, “Marvel’s Defenders” arrives in 2017 and unites Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones, Mike Colter’s Luke Cage and Finn Jones’ Iron Fist.
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