The ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe continues apace; with Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Luke Cage having brought more Marvel comic book heroes to the small screen. Netflix, to be precise, is where these shows have proven to be a huge hit in the world of streaming service entertainment - owing, in part, to their gritty drama and realism, coupled with the traditional superhero escapades that make Netflix's Marvel offerings an altogether darker and more adult affair than their cinematic MCU counterparts.
The central characters from these shows have found widespread popularity with fans, prompting Netflix to order a limited series that combines all three titular characters as well as Iron Fist, whose own series will debut on the channel in March, 2017. The Defenders is already highly anticipated, as a lot of crossovers or combined universe shows often are, but the addition of several costars from the Marvel shows is only serving to fan the flames of fandom still higher. It was recently confirmed that Simone Missick and Deborah Ann Woll will be joining The Defenders roster, reprising their roles of Misty Knight from Luke Cage and Karen Page from Daredevil, respectively. Following on from that news, it has also been confirmed that three more popular supporting cast members from Daredevil and Jessica Jones will appear in The Defenders, too.
Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth) from Daredevil, along with Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse) from Jessica Jones will all crop up in the eight episode series, though the size of their roles in the show is unclear. In Daredevil, Foggy is Matt Murdock's best friend and former law partner, though viewers will recall that in season two, Foggy went to work for Jeri, instead. Foggy is also close friends with Karen Page, Nelson and Murdock's former secretary. Meanwhile, Jeri Hogarth has changed gender from the comic books, where the character is named Jeryn Hogarth. Jeryn is the one who brings Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Misty Knight together as Heroes for Hire, so it could well be that Moss will have quite a pivotal role in The Defenders.
You can check out the related Defenders casting announcement (via the mini-series' official Twitter account), below:
— The Defenders (@TheDefenders) November 1, 2016
As Malcolm, Darville won over the hearts of viewers in Jessica Jones with his endearing performance. His appearance in The Defenders is sure to be welcomed too. In fact, the whole cast list thus far is setting viewers up for a real treat. Those fans who do not read the comics will often have wonder about how these various characters would interact with each other, and now's the chance to find out. The Defenders will unite to defeat the main villain of the piece, to be played by Sigourney Weaver. The exact details of her role are being kept under wraps thus far, but given Marvel's reputation of delivering great villains on its TV shows (Wilson Fisk, Killgrave, Cottonmouth), her role should be something truly great.
Filming for The Defenders is underway, but we have yet to get a picture of all four superheroes together. It surely can't be too far off, but for now, we will have to make do with these recently released pictures of Jessica Jones locked in a showdown with Misty Knight.
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 and The Punisher arriving later that year. Premiere dates for the next seasons of Jessica Jones and Daredevil have not yet been announced.