Friends of The Defenders
The Defenders each bring their share of friends, allies, and associates into the fray, and the trailer spotlights just a few key supporting players. Besides the ubiquitous Claire Temple and Misty Knight, the trailer features Stick (Scott Glenn), Matt Murdock's irascible blind ninja mentor. As aware as ever about the goings-on of his former student, Stick seems to know all about the other heroes who will comprise the Defenders as well. Also confirmed to appear in the series will be other fan favorites like Colleen Wing, Karen Page (Deborah Ann-Woll), and Jessica Jones' best friend Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor).
The War for New York
There will be enemies galore for the Defenders to fight, but one of the primary antagonistic forces will be the Hand - the evil ninja cabal that has been featured in both seasons of Daredevil and in Iron Fist. Most importantly, the trailer includes the resurrection of Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung), whom we saw being entombed at the end of Daredevil season 2, after she was revealed to be the Black Sky - an ancient super weapon cultivated by the Hand. Elektra sacrificed herself to help Daredevil fight the Hand, but Elektra was actually sealed in The Hand's mysterious and ancient device, which was powered by blood sacrifice. Elektra's return is bad news not just for the Devil of Hell's Kitchen but for all of New York City; we have not just a rematch and potential rekindling of romance with Matt Murdock in the offering, but we may see a kung fu conflagration between Elektra and Iron Fist as well. It also seems like both Daredevil and Elektra are getting new, upgraded costumes.
The villain problem that many fans say plagues the MCU seems to be less of an issue with Netflix's Marvel series. From Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk, to David Tennant's Kilgrave, to Mahershala Ali and Alfre Woodard's siblings Cottonmouth and Mariah, the shows leading up to The Defenders have managed to cast powerhouse actors to create truly memorable antagonists. The Defenders scored a true powerhouse actor to threaten the entire team by casting Sigourney Weaver as the white-clad villain currently known only as Alexandra. The nature of Weaver's character is being purposely shrouded in mystery; some rumors suggest Alexandra may secretly be Mephisto, one of Marvel Comics' most powerful demonic evils. If that's the case, it makes sense she would be allied with the Hand, itself an organization steeped in ancient dark magic. It seems like at least one aspect of that magic takes the form of a power wave that blasts the Defenders backwards in one confrontation.
The Colors of The Defenders
One of the coolest things about The Defenders is each hero is defined by a specific color. Daredevil is of course red, his trademark. Jessica Jones's hue is blue, Luke Cage is yellow, and Iron Fist is green. Each primary color is a signature of their superhero costume or persona. The series takes the color coding to another level by lighting each hero in accordance to his or her signature color, creating a unique visual language for the series.
Fans have a mere three months to wait before The Devil of Hell's Kitchen, the smart-ass detective, the righteous ex-con, and the kid with a glowing fist unite to defend New York City from evil no one hero can handle alone. Now, the hope is The Defenders can achieve the critical and fan acclaim heaped upon Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, as opposed to the disappointment that met Iron Fist, Marvel and Netflix's first major misfire. Here's hoping The Defenders lives up to fan expectation and indeed raises the bar for superhero action on television. One thing's for sure from the trailer: we're getting what may be the most awesome hallway fight scene ever featuring all four Defenders!
All 8 episodes of Marvel's The Defenders will be available on Netflix from August 18th, 2017.