In July 2015, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos explained to Variety how Netflix planned to handle Marvel content:
“I think ideally there will be a rhythm of about every six months you’ll get a new season or a new series from the Defenders group. And then they’ll crossover into a combined [Defenders] season once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters.”
Luke Cage is due out on September 30th 2016, to be followed by Iron Fist in early 2017. That will round out Netflix’s own fantastic four, who’ll unite in The Defenders by the end of the year. Meanwhile, Netflix has already signed up forJessica Jones Season 2 and The Punisher. You can make an argument that The Punisher isn’t part of the “Defenders group” Sarandos referred to, but even so, this would basically mean Daredevil Season 3 wouldn’t be out until 2018. That doesn’t sound like the “coming soon” in the above teaser.
It seems more likely that Marvel Netflix has changed strategy, releasing Marvel Netflix shows more frequently than originally planned. Given Netflix’s content strategy includes a growing focus on Netflix Originals, that would be a smart move.
Will the Hand Return?
Although Daredevil Season 2 set up a major arc featuring the Hand – in which Daredevil’s love Elektra was captured and resurrected to become the Hand’s leader – I doubt that’s going to be part of Daredevil Season 3. The teaser for The Defenders strongly implied that this arc would come to a head in the team-up series, with the Hand serving as the main villains of The Defenders. It’s possible that Elodie Yung will return, but that depends on her fate at the end of the series…”