The latest image from The Defenders unites all of the headlining heroes as the Gang of Four. After solo outings for each character, Netflix's corner of the MCU is ready to have its big moment. The master plan began with Daredevil and Jessica Jones in 2015, followed by a second season of Daredevil and the debut of Luke Cage in 2016, and concluded earlier this year with Iron Fist. Now, the time has finally come for all four heroes of the Netflix world to work together to stop their biggest threat yet. Who exactly Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver) is has not yet been revealed, but with Elektra and The Hand close by, the newly formed Defenders will need to be on the attack.
Bringing together the leads from four different shows is the selling point of this miniseries and what makes it such an event on the small screen. Some of these characters have crossed paths before, but all four have never been together. This is why almost all of the marketing has focused on the disjointed Defenders team assembled, and they're still standing side-by-side in the latest image.
Empire released the latest promotional photo for Defenders as part of their Comic-Con preview issue. Iron Fist (Finn Jones), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) are all featured, and together make up the Gang of Four in this image.
Based on the photo, Luke and Matt look the most ready for a fight. Matt has his full superhero suit on, while Luke is ready to do some damage with a manhole cover. Danny at least has enough chi to utilize his Iron Fist, while Jessica is simply looking off in the distance without a care in the world. This is more or less each of their personalities anyways, but they will all need to stay ready throughout the eight episode mini-series if they're going to come out victoriously.
Not only do the heroes need to be victorious to allow for the future seasons of their respective solo series to take place, but the Netflix/Marvel world could use a bonafide hit. Season 2 of Daredevil was criticized for feeling like multiple seasons stuffed into one, Luke Cage saw a drop in the back half of the season thanks to a new villain, and Iron Fist lost the interest of several viewers early on. With all these characters finally coming together and a shortened episode count, there is plenty of reason to believe The Defenders will turn things around.
The Defenders will be available for streaming on Netflix starting August 18.