The Defenders Shows on Disney+? Not So Fast…

Today you might be seeing a lot of people sensationalizing and sharing an interview from The Hollywood Reporter where Disney’s direct-to-consumer chairman is asked about the Netflix series and a possible future on Disney+. The problem is, everyone is selectively quoting the interview to create non-news out of something that isn’t really there.

In the interview, they asked him about reviving the cancelled Netflix shows, and he said:

“They are very high-quality shows. We haven’t yet discussed that, but I would say that’s a possibility.”

He specifically says that they “haven’t yet discussed that”. Anything can be a possibility, but if they haven’t discussed it; there’s nothing there.

The cancelled Netflix series have quite a few hurdles to go through before they could appear on Disney’s streaming service, the biggest is the two-year moratorium on using those characters following the series cancellation that’s part of the contract with Netflix. The casts can’t sit around without taking jobs for two years while they wait for that to expire. The other one is the more “family friendly” PG-13 tone that Disney+ will take, shows like Jessica Jones and The Punisher won’t fit in with that.

So the way the internet has reacted to this interview today is an example of people being desperate for news in a time when Hollywood is slowing down for the holidays. There’s no real news about what’s going to happen with the Netflix series; except for the pending cancellations of The Punisher and Jessica Jones. Beyond that, everything else is just speculation.