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Netflix's Defenders series will be helmed by Daredevil's showrunners

An old team assembles again

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The showrunners of Netflix's Daredevil will return to lead The Defenders, the miniseries that will unite all the heroes from Marvel's four live-action Netflix shows, Marvel announced today.

Marco Ramirez and Douglas Petrie (pictured above) served as the showrunners for season 2 of Daredevil, which premiered in mid-March on Netflix. They took over for Steven S. DeKnight, who was the first season's showrunner. Petrie and Ramirez will be joined on The Defenders by executive producers Drew Goddard, who created the Daredevil Netflix series, and Jeph Loeb, who is the head of Marvel Television.

Daredevil debuted in April 2015, and was followed by Jessica Jones in November. Marvel's third Netflix show, Luke Cage, is scheduled to premiere Sept. 30, while two of the leads on Iron Fist have already been cast. The Defenders will feature all four of those characters. The five series are produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.

"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," said Loeb in a press release. "They write and produce not only great action and adventure, but also the heart and touch of humor [that] makes us Marvel."

"We are thrilled at the opportunity to deliver the show that both we and the fans have been waiting for," said Ramirez and Petrie.

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