Although it's an event series bringing together four corners of the Netflix Marvel Universe, The Defenders also serves as a continuation of each hero's individual story. Though there's precious little time in the eight-episode miniseries to completely explore and resolve something like, say, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage's feelings for one another, there will be some time to address the "fractured" friendship of former business partners Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson.
As fans will recall, the law offices of Nelson & Murdock closed its doors when the long friendship between the two lawyers reached a breaking point in the Daredevil solo series. That was, of course, when Foggy learned his friend and colleague had been deceiving him for years, and though visually impaired, was also the vigilante known as the Devil of Hell's Kitchen or, you know, Daredevil. One would think finding out your best friend is also a costumed crime fighter with some fairly unique superpowers might serve to strengthen any preexisting bond, but that's not the case, according to Daredevil actor Charlie Cox.
Cox was on hand at San Diego Comic-Con to talk all things Marvel's The Defenders and during his interview, the actor broke down where Matt and Foggy are in terms of their relationship, and though he feels the hurt party might be on the verge of coming around, it will be Daredevil season 3 before the real healing can begin.
"That relationship is still fractured. I know that in Defenders -- because of the nature of the problem, the nature of the issue, the plot in our show -- Foggy has to get on board with Matt and what he can do. And I think he begins to see the benefit of someone like Matt. But that doesn't detract from the years of lying.
The real healing is going to have to come later. The Defenders takes place in a week, a very small amount of time, you know what I mean? Only so much healing can be done in that time."
Any healing on the horizon will hopefully include some rehabilitation of Foggy's character, after it was all but assassinated by Samuel L. Jackson, who hinted he wouldn't be mad if the guy got "Red Weddinged" after watching season 2. That's all to say Matt's not the only guilty party in this fractured friendship – at least from the perspective of one very influential viewer.
Though The Defenders is shorter than Netflix's other Marvel offerings, it will be interesting to see how it handles the various personal stories of its four heroes and how, like Matt and Foggy's friendship woes, they are threaded back into each character's solo stories. While it seems like there may be a reconciliation on the horizon, for now it appears fans will have to wait until Daredevil season 3 hits the streaming service before the law offices of Nelson & Murdock even considers reopening its doors.
The Defenders premieres on August 18 on Netflix.