A video of the opening credits for The Defenders is available to watch. The team-up between Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand, also known as Iron Fist, is 2 years in the making. Each character has their own series, their own look and feel, and their own story arc that takes them through Marvel's version of New York City.
Seeing them collide together on camera has been highly anticipated, and a team up like this needs to be heralded with a great opening credits sequence. Now, for those who want to watch only the opening credits, sequence, it's been made available on line.
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Matt appears first, leading into Jessica and finally closing with Luke and Danny. Once Luke and Danny appear, the credits shift their focus to hint at some of the potential team ups, giving us clues as to what might occur in the series and beyond.
Danny and Luke's yellow and green silhouettes are paired together while Matt and Jessica's silhouettes are paired together - but not together, indicating a tense and uneasy partnership. As the credits wind down we see Jessica and Luke's distinctive images paired together once again. As comic fans know, the pair get together in the comics, although Luke is currently in a very happy relationship with Claire. Each of these silhouettes is placed over images of the city, buses and streets run through their images like blood through the body. The city is a character in and of itself, sometimes an ally to the four Defenders and sometimes an enemy. Choosing to place them over it clearly illustrates it as both an important part of the story and as a fifth character. New York City is in danger, it has influenced their lives and The Defenders are here to defend it.
Title sequences and title design can provide vital clues to the story the characters are about to live through. It's important to discuss them, especially in the case of Netflix. Jessica Jones' title sequences, designed by Michelle Dougherty and illustrated by David Mack and Arisu Kashiwagi took home Marvel Television's first Emmy after all. Will The Defenders follow suit? Only time will tell.
The Defenders is now available on Netflix, with The Punisher arriving sometime this fall. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have not yet been announced.