The final trailer for The Defenders has arrived. In just five days, the Marvel super-team will be unleashed on Netflix. For two years, the various heroes have been on their own journeys as they each discover how to best be a hero - whether they want to be or not. Each has tried to make New York City a better place, even as the events of The Avengers continue to affect the city. And now the time has come to bring them together (even though some of them are more enthusiastic than others).
When each of the Defenders was last seen, it was clear that their struggles were not yet over. Mourning the loss of Elektra, Matt Murdock revealed to Karen that he is Daredevil. Jessica Jones finally stopped Kilgrave and began to face success as a P.I. Luke Cage was arrested by Federal Marshals. And Danny Rand learned that the monastery where he was raised was destroyed when he was away. Yet it looks as though all of the characters will be back in New York before long, and just in the nick of time.
The final trailer for The Defenders has appeared online - just five days before the series becomes available. And it is clear that none of these people - with the exception of Danny Rand - are looking to become a team.
The trailer begins with all four heroes sharing a post-victory meal. Danny - with his typical youthful enthusiasm - seems to enjoy what he perceives as camaraderie. The others are quick to shoot him down - as Cage says none of them are looking for super friends. That all changes when Stick walks in, to tell them that "The war for New York is here." However reluctantly they become a team, even villain Alexandra can't help but see their connection, although she sees the bond forming but is confident that it won't last.
Heroes for Hire fans who are looking forward to seeing the friendship between Cage and Rand start to form get a few nice hints in the trailer, with Cage using his body to shield Rand from a barrage of bullets - and encouraging him to use his chi in battle. Cage also appears to be the first one - after Rand - to accept the other Defenders; there's a moment when he tries to reach out to Murdock and does seem to fully believe their bond is stronger than Alexandra presumes. We'll find out shortly how right he is.
The Defenders premieres on August 18 on Netflix, with The Punisher premiering later in 2017. Additional seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage are expected to air in 2018, with the new season of Iron Fist coming sometime in the future.