Jessica Jones director to helm Defenders premiere

S.J. Clarkson will kickoff the eight-episode mini-series event.

Marvel has announced one of the directors for its upcoming Netflix mini-series event, The Defenders.

S.J. Clarkson, who directed the first two episodes of Jessica Jones, is set to helm the first two episodes of The Defenders, and will serve as an executive producer on the premiere.

Marvel’s decision to continue working with Clarkson is down to her “outstanding take” on the material.

“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,” Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb said.

The news comes after Netflix announced earlier this week that Jessica Jones season 2’s directorial lineup will be comprised entirely of women.

The Defenders will be split into eight episodes, and will feature Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Sigourney Weaver as a villain. While it doesn’t have a release date yet, The Defenders is slated to debut sometime next year.

Iron Fist will be the next Marvel hero hitting Netflix on March 17, 2017. In the meantime, check out the first trailer for the series.