'Marvel's The Defenders' Sets 'Daredevil' Bosses as Showrunners

Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who took over showrunner duties in season two of 'Daredevil,' will assume the same title on the forthcoming drama, which will bring back Daredevil, as well as Jessica Jones and other Marvel heroes.
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Marvel is pulling from its rolodex for its upcoming Defenders series.

Daredevil bosses Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez have been named showrunners of the forthcoming Netflix drama, Marvel announced Friday.

The Defenders, the fifth in Marvel's five-series deal with Netflix, will bring back the lead heroes from the four previous series, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, to face their biggest threat ever. Unlike Netflix's other Marvel series, The Defenders is being billed as a mini. 

In addition to Petrie and Ramirez, Drew Goddard (The Martian, Lost, Alias) has come on board the project as an executive producer. The trio join Marvel's head of television, Jeph Loeb, as executive producers on the series, which will follow the premiere of Iron Fist. The second season of Daredevil premiered a month ago, and the next Marvel series, Luke Cage, is set to bow in September.

“We're incredibly excited to be able to bring our four street-level heroes together in an epic tale woven by Doug and Marco, whose work on Marvel’s Daredevil speaks for itself,” Loeb said. "They write and produce not only great action and adventure, but also with the heart and touch of humor that's makes us Marvel. With the inclusion of Drew Goddard, we've got a team that's as formidable as the Defenders themselves."

Added Netflix vp of original content Cindy Holland: “Doug and Marco captivated our members around the world with their continuation of the story of Matt Murdock in Marvel’s Daredevil, and we can’t wait to see how they and Drew will introduce the full Defenders team to our global audience."

Before to replacing Steven S. DeKnight as showrunners of Daredevil, Petrie's other credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its offshoot, Angel. Ramirez's other credits include Netflix's Orange Is the New Black and Fear the Walking Dead.

“This is the big one. Four amazing casts, four amazing series, now all in one amazing story,” Petrie and Ramirez said. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to deliver the show that both we and the fans have been waiting for.”