After two very long years of waiting, the year of The Defenders is finally upon us. It was 2015 when we saw the Netflix premiere of Daredevil and then Jessica Jones. It was 2016 that gave us Daredevil Season Two, the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung) and then finally Luke Cage (Mike Colter).
Entertainment Weekly has some exclusive quotes and photos to dig through to get us all excited for the series that will see all four heroes join forces to defeat a common enemy. We must thank Comicbook.com for putting our attention to this in the first place.
First of all, let’s talk about the team itself. EW got to make a set visit where they watched each of the four Defenders arrive separately at Midland Circle, which is where Daredevil and Elektra found that bottomless pit. None of the Defenders were expecting to see the others there, with each of them having gotten there by following clues of their own. And then, according to the site, they are trapped in a corridor and have to fight their way out of it.
That’s right. Four way Defender hallway fight scene.
Showrunner Marco Ramirez, who has worked on both seasons of Daredevil, says it this way —
“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?’”
And that’s exactly what the execs at Marvel Television wanted. Where the Avengers are a team that prefers to work together and actually, in some cases, live together, Jeph Loeb‘s vision was for a team that did the opposite. He wanted to form a team that could work together, but always preferred to work alone. As he says —
“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.’”
But, this raises the question, if they don’t want to fight together, how do they end up fighting together? Apparently, the answer to that is in the one Defender we’ve not yet met — The Iron Fist Danny Rand.
In talking to actor Finn Jones about this, the actor that plays Danny Rand said,
“So Danny Rand is the one who really knows what’s going on. He knows how serious the situation is. Danny Rand, he’s the one that kind of drives the group to get sh*t done.”
In fact, you can watch him talk about it in the video that EW released where they interviewed the actors about their characters.
If this is the case, and Danny Rand has spent the last decade in the mystical city of K’un L’un, then it’s likely that the threat they are up against is a mystical one. In fact, it’s probably linked back to The Hand, which would explain why Daredevil and Iron Fist end up following the same trail.
We’re likely to get a lot more answers as to what to expect when Iron Fist debuts on March 17 of this year.
As for the threat they are up against, the only villain we’ve had defined for us in regards to this series is the one played by Sigourney Weaver. It’s likely that other villains will be included, but she is the only one we know for certain — and we know very little about her.
But, as of today, at the very least, we have a name — Alexandra. And a picture. Our first look. Now, that name doesn’t immediately ring any bells from the comic book characters, so it’s probable that her character is an original one, made up for the series.
Marco Ramirez spoke about her character as well, saying,
“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.”
This, to us, gives credence to the theory that she’s a CEO for IGH, the company accidentally responsible for the death of Jessica Jones’s family and her super powers. They are also responsible for the pill-popping super power of Will Simpson, known as Nuke in the comics. It’s likely that she’s somehow linked to The Hand as well and that they are all working together. At the very least, IGH being involved with The Hand would explain how Jessica Jones gets pulled into the fight.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got eight pictures to look at that might help us figure out some of the other moving pieces. For instance, we can see that Luke Cage is still in prison. We can also see that Misty Knight (Simone Missick) has Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) in handcuffs, interrogating her. Lastly, we have Danny Rand with his compatriot and fellow fighter, Colleen Wing, played by Jessica Henwick.
We knew that both Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, otherwise known as the Daughters of the Dragon, would be involved in the series somehow, but seeing them in these pictures one after the other is almost too much for any comic book fan’s heart to contain.