— The Defenders (@TheDefenders) May 2, 2017
After months of speculation, Elektra and the Hand have been confirmed to be at least part of the threat The Defenders will face this summer. Despite underwhelming reviews for Iron Fist season 1, Marvel and Netflix's unprecedented collaboration has yielded mostly positive results (and even Iron Fist still posted strong numbers and plenty of social media buzz). Now, all roads lead to The Defenders, which will bring together Marvel's street-level heroes this August.
Thanks to a short Defenders teaser and a viral website for The Defenders, the corporate threat of the miniseries has been highlighted already. Considering how the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe has factored into many of the Marvel/Netflix TV shows so far, most notably Daredevil seasons 1 & 2 and Iron Fist season 1, it's no surprise that a shady corporation will be causing trouble for the combined team. Now, after months of teases, another threat prominently featured in both of those shows looks to be returning as well.
The Defenders Twitter account posted a short tease, the first new look we've had at the show since the elevator video some weeks back. In it, we see the resurrection tomb the Hand used on Nobu and Elektra in Daredevil season 2, setting up the return of Matt Murdock's former flame and the evil sect of ninjas as a threat for the upcoming show. (And in case there's any doubt this teaser is alluding to Elektra, actress Elodie Young has since re-tweeted the teaser through her official Twitter account.)
Ever since Iron Fist season 1 ended, it's been clear that the threats of the Hand and Madame Gao were far from done. With their connection to Daredevil and Claire Temple, as well, it's been all but guaranteed they'd be back for The Defenders. We also recently learned that the Chaste, the group Stick is a part of, will be coming to The Defenders. In the comics, they're the sworn enemy of the Hand, further indicating the villainous group would be present.
As for Elektra, her inclusion on The Defenders has been known for awhile thanks to early confirmation that Elodie Yung is part of the cast. The Defenders' official artwork sets her up alongside Sigourney Weaver's villainous Alexandra, teasing she may return as more foe than friend. Of course, this is all still speculation, despite the growing evidence.
The Defenders arrives on August 18th, with The Punisher coming later this year. Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, Luke Cage season 1, and Iron Fist season 1 are now available on Netflix. Premiere dates for the next seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been revealed.