Following on from the announcement that Netflix will premiere Marvel’s The Defenders this summer, comes our first look at Sigourney Weaver as her character, Alexandra. It was announced some time ago that Weaver would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and confirmed that she would play a villain in the limited series, which features Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) coming together as the ultimate crime-fighting, vigilante superhero squad.
Up until now, though, there have been no further details surrounding Weaver’s role in the Netflix TV show corner of the MCU. However, now the first picture of her character, Alexandra, has been released, along with scant details about the mysterious baddie from The Defenders showrunner Marco Ramirez.
Calling her the “ultimate badass,” Ramirez offered the following description of Alexandra from The Defenders (pictured below) to EW:
“Her character is a very powerful force in New York City. She’s everything Sigourney is: sophisticated, intellectual, dangerous.”
Other than those details, we are still none the wiser; Alexandra has no history in the Marvel comics, and her name isn’t a code name for any other Marvel character, either. Ramirez did make a comparison to Daredevil villain Wilson Fisk, though, so sophisticated, intellectual and dangerous certainly sound like the right adjectives. Weaver certainly looks the part, too. From the photo above, it would be hard to guess that she was a villain, just as it’s hard to think that way abut Wilson Fisk when we see him at a charity gala, for example, but that’s what makes these Marvel TV villains so chilling; they look and act so ordinary that the unexpected villainy is even more disturbing. Ramirez won’t be drawn on exactly what Alexandra is up to, and why The Defenders feel the need to team up to bring her down, but he did hint that whatever it is, the show is trying to keep it realistic:
“We knew it would take something massive to pull these four characters from their individual worlds to work together, but also small enough that it felt like it existed in our world.”
That sense of reality is something that Marvel have managed well in their Netflix shows thus far. Though Killgrave was incredibly powerful in Jessica Jones, it was simply the way he treated others that made Jessica fight to bring him down. In Daredevil, though the physical violence is sometimes a bit far-fetched, it’s the very real friendship between Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson and Karen Page that pulls in many viewers who would not normally watch a comic book based TV show. The chance to see all four of Netflix’s heroes coming together on screen is going to prove too good to miss – and with the addition of Weaver as a seemingly charming yet reprehensible character, The Defenders is shaping up to be one of the television highlights of the year.
Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now available on Netflix. Iron Fist will premiere on March 17, 2017. The Defenders and The Punisher will arrive in 2017. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been announced.