At long last, the time is almost upon us. Marvel’s “The Defenders” is finally coming to Netflix in just a few months.
We’ve even got the exclusive first look, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, to prove it. It’s the moment fans have been waiting for, the stars of the small-screen superhero universe (think: The Avengers but on a smaller scale) to join forces and defend their beloved hometown of New York City.
We’ve already been introduced to Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), and Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), but Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones) still remains a mysterious figure as we haven’t seen much of him yet. (Side note: The 1st season of “Iron Fist” is set to debut on 17th March.)
Our team of heroes are also featured on the cover of this month’s Entertainment Weekly issue. The Defenders are seen posing on top of a New York taxi cab, along with their individual titles displayed in retro-style fonts. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see Danny Rand in his Iron Fist costume. Perhaps he’s hinting that he’s going spend a lot of time running around with his shirt unbuttoned?
The latest update also reveals how The Defenders will be brought together for the first time. Each of them, to a certain extent, possesses a lone-wolf mentality and have no intention of planning a group effort. “Every one of them is following their own trail of bread crumbs, trying to unpack a mystery in New York. We wanted them all caught off guard. Once they’re in that room together, it’s kind of like, ‘Oh, s—, who are you?’” explained series show-runner Marco Ramriez.
Their separate paths will eventually lead them all to the offices of Midland Circle, where an epic brawl breaks out before getting a proper introduction. However, viewers shouldn’t assume this team up is long term.
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb also talked a bit about how these small-screen heroes will differentiated from their big-scale counterparts, the Avengers. “The Defenders didn’t have a ‘D’ on their belt buckles and a Defenders Tower. We agreed from the very beginning that these folks could at the very end go, ‘I never want to see your face again.’” said Loeb.
In addition, EW also gave us the first look at Sigourney Weaver’s villain, who now has a name: Alexandra. Although it’s been reported that Alexandra has no code-name and no connection to any character from the Marvel comics, some fans are speculating that it’s a ploy to keep her identity secret.
Aside from describing Alexandra an “utter badass”, Ramriez adds, “Sigourney is the kind of person you can buy as the smartest person in the room, who you can also buy as a person holding a flamethrower. Her character is a very powerful force in New York City. She’s everything Sigourney is: sophisticated, intellectual, dangerous.”
Check out more promotional shots and features stills below:
UPDATE (4th May):
“You four – the devil of hell’s kitchen, the smart ass detective, the righteous ex-con, and the kid with the glowing fist. The war for New York is here. So get your shit together.”
Awwyiss! The first trailer for Netflix’s highly-anticipated “The Defenders” has finally arrived and it is epic. The clip (above) opens with Jessica Jones being interrogated by an officer and just before she can answer her question, Matt Murdock aka Daredevil comes in and declares that he’s her lawyer. The video also features the meeting of Danny Rand aka Iron Fist and Luke Cage.
Psst, it also shows a resurrected Elektra!
“The Defenders” is slated for release on Netflix on 18th August.