Hard to believe we’ve already gotten to the point of Marvel’s Netflix heroes teaming up, with with Defenders production looming, our first director has hit the scene. Jessica Jones helmer S.J. Clarkson will pickup directorial duties on not one, but two of the eight-part Defenders series.

Marvel officially confirmed that Clarkson will direct the first two installments of Marvel’s Netflix Defenders, as well reiterating that the eight-episode miniseries would air in 2017, along with Iron Fist and Punisher. Clarkson previously helmed the first two Jessica Jones episodes “AKA Ladies Night” and “AKA Crush Syndrome,” but is not yet confirmed for the second season’s all-female director list.

Says Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb of the Defenders hire:

S.J.’s take on the material is outstanding. We loved her work on “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” and couldn’t think of a more talented and accomplished person to helm the first two episodes of “Marvel’s The Defenders.”

The team-up series will be helmed by Daredevil showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, set to begin production later this year. Returning characters so far include Luke Cage’s Simone Missick, Daredevil’s Elden Henson and Scott Glenn, and Jessica JonesEka Darville., while Sigourney Weaver has signed on as the main, as-yet-unidentified villain.

We’ll learn more as The Defenders officially gears up for production, but what other familiar faces should we expect signing on?

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