The Defenders: Charlie Cox discusses its problems

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Daredevil star Charlie Cox has been chatting in a brutally honest way about The Defenders, the 2017 crossover event that brought together Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

Despite garnering a lot of pre-release hype, The Defenders was ultimately a disappointment. Although the show had some brilliant moments (Matt using Jessica’s scarf as a makeshift mask, the regrouping scene at the Chinese restaurant), overall it struggled to find its footing. The central team barely spent any time together, with dull villainous scenes and loads of dialogue padding up the gaps.

Despite stressing that he “had a great time filming it” and “loved working with those other Defenders”, it sounds like Cox shares a lot of the fans’ disappointment. Here’s what he said to Metro:

“I think what we discovered with The Defenders is that it was a lot to try and handle within eight episodes. To have these four people meet in an organic way and then set up a story, and then resolve it, and introduce a new villain all in eight episodes, became a lot.

“In a weird way, the first part of the season felt too slow because they wanted these people to meet organically and not just chuck them in a room in the first episode. But then, by the time that happened, we only had three episodes left.”

Cox went on to state his belief that writer Marco Ramirez “did an amazing job” with a show that “was a real challenge”. Cox noted that “trying to bring The Defenders into one tone was a mammoth undertaking. I think he did fantastically in that area.”

As it stands, no second season for The Defenders has been announced. Daredevil season 3 will arrive on Netflix on October 19th.