Marvel and Netflix are just a few days from releasing The Defenders and a new video details the team-up, including cast interviews. Charlie Cox was the first future Defender to make his MCU debut in 2015 with Daredevil. As the blind lawyer by day/crime fighter at night, Cox was responsible for establishing the tone of the Netflix Marvel series and has been the face of this corner ever since. He's the only one who has two seasons of their solo series prior to the team-up, with the second season ending in a rough way for Matt Murdock.
After fully embracing his crime fighting urges, Murdock came to lose much of what and who he loves by season's end. He found love again in the arms of Elektra (Elodie Yung) only for her to convert to The Hand and die saving him. Plus, Nelson and Murdock split up because Matt couldn't keep up with their workload.
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These events have left Murdock in a precarious situation where he can't be the lawyer he once was and no longer has the desire to be the hero the city needs. The Defenders will change that, but Cox still says his character is searching for answers. As detailed in part of a full featurette for the show released by Marvel (featured at the top of this post), Daredevil is a lost man searching for purpose when the show begins.
Playing off of his lost nature, the featurette shows Murdock telling Luke Cage (Mike Colter) that he can't be part of this superhero team. Unfortunately for Matt (but fortunately for fans), he is already involved whether he likes it or not. The reluctance to join the team may not last long given the circumstances at hand, but it is unclear how close he will come to being his true self over the course of the mini-series.
That said, Daredevil is only one-fourth of the equation in this featurette and it gives further insight into what fans can expect from the series later this week. They may not be a team or even meet by the end of the first episode, but setting the stage for their team up should be worth the wait. This featurette starts to do some of that leg work, recapping where the four Defenders are when the series begins and their mindsets heading in. Murdock may have some self-doubt and be retired, but Jessica doesn't want to be a hero to begin with, Luke is fresh out of prison, and Danny is just coming back from a trip to K'un-Lun.
At the end of the day, any resistance they may have will be gone once Sigourney Weaver's Alexandra officially comes into play. These four heroes will unite to take her down and solve the bigger problem at hand, rather than dealing with their own personal problems. It will certainly change each of them when everything is said and done, but seeing that journey will be part of the fun. For Daredevil's sake, he's sure to find his mojo by the end of Defenders as he heads towards Daredevil season 3.
The Defenders premieres on August 18 on Netflix, with The Punisher premiering later in 2017. Additional seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage are expected to air in 2018, with the new season of Iron Fist coming sometime in the future.