The Strength of Netflix's Defenders Is That They're All Strong, Broken People


The Strength of Netflix's Defenders Is That They're All Strong, Broken People

Now, just like its big-screen brother, the Marvel Netflix-Verse is about to come together in the form of The Defenders. The new series will see the quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City.

Jones hinting that Iron Fist and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) could team up outside of The Defenders is a pretty exciting prospect, after all the two NY heroes used to have a whole comic book series showing off their tandem.

While we don't get to see the newly-formed team get physical with Alexandra, Weaver's enigmatic bad guy makes it clear that she knows who each of the heroes is.

The Harry Potter spinoff/prequel "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" (2016) sends British magic scholar Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to 1920s NY and unleashes magical creatures into the human world (PG-13).

Matt Murdock (Cox) is winning court cases, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is still a hard-drinking private investigator trying to avoid the limelight, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is being released from prison, and Danny Rand/Iron Fist and Colleen Wing (Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick) are hunting members of The Hand - a conspiratorial organisation of super ninjas, which has been a recurrent antagonist throughout the Marvel shows - in Cambodia.

Jessica Jones, in particular, is struggling to find her place in the world, scarred by "traumas and injustices" after losing her parents in a vehicle accident, says Ritter, 35. Ever since these shows were announced, fans have been wondering when we might be able to see these characters appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper or when we might see a movie character appear on one of the shows. That was always the intent though, building on the success of the standalone shows, but this lacks the accessibility The Avengers had, even if you'd missed Iron Man, Thor, Captain America or The Incredible Hulk. However, "Iron Fist" did not do very well as far as the critics were concerned. Iron Fist has the only visually showy power, and that often takes a back seat.

Currently, though, there seems to be a divide between Marvel Television and Marvel Studios.

Sigourney Weaver's villain addresses each of The Defenders by name and explains why their attempts to foil the Hand's plans are futile in the final trailer for the anticipated Marvel/Netflix series.

The Defenders premieres August 18, 2017.