Over the past eight years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded to include more than a dozen films -- this fall's Doctor Strange will be number 14 -- as well as TV shows on both ABC and Netflix (with other series planned for Freeform and Hulu). Netflix's corner of the MCU has garnered plenty of praise from both fans and critics since debuting in early 2015 with Daredevil season 1. It was followed by Jessica Jones season 1 late last year, Daredevil season 2 earlier this year, and Luke Cage season 1 earlier this fall.
Now, Netflix is preparing to up their number of Marvel series per year from two to three, with Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders all set to premiere in 2017. Iron Fist wrapped earlier this fall and is expected to debut in March, The Punisher began production early in October, and The Defenders was the latest series to start filming. The most recent batch of set photos for The Defenders feature two of the show's female characters having a stand off.
ComingSoon debuted new The Defenders set photos depicting Misty Knight (Simone Missick) pointing a gun at a bloodied Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). These set photos arrive a day after Ritter was spotted on set in costume as Jessica Jones, though the other members of The Defenders -- Matt Murdock aka Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Danny Rand aka Iron Fist (Finn Jones) -- have yet to be seen.
In addition to the main four superheroes and Misty Knight, The Defenders will feature a number of other Marvel Netflix characters, including Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Daredevil's Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), and Jessica Jones' Malcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville). Additionally, The Defenders will feature Sigourney Weaver as the villain whose identity is as yet unknown. Daredevil season 2 showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez will oversee the eight-episode limited series, with Jessica Jones' director S.J. Clarkson is on board to helm the first two episodes.
The new set photos for The Defenders don't offer much in the way of insight into the plot of the series, but they certainly indicate that Jessica Jones and Misty Knight's first meeting won't be entirely peaceful. Given Jessica's state of having blood on her face, it's possible Misty has tracked down the superhero in an investigation -- without knowing Jessica's ties to Luke Cage. Or, with Luke having been taken back to Georgia to serve his prison sentence, Misty may have tried to contact Jessica as a friend of his.
Still, without knowing much about the exact plot of The Defenders, it's difficult to say what exactly is going on between Misty and Jessica in these set photos. But, considering The Defenders is only eight episodes (compared to the typical 13 of Netflix's Marvel series), production presumably won't last as long and we will likely learn more as filming continues. Certainly, we may even get a glimpse of all four Defenders on set together.
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, with The Defenders expected later in the year. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, The Punisher, and Daredevil have not yet been announced.