Mike Colter teases that there will be a unique lightness to Marvel's The Defenders. After making its way to the top of the film industry with the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios quickly started expanding into the TV realm, beginning in 2013 with ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Still, none of Marvel's TV efforts have been quite as successful as their Netflix standalone series, starting in 2015 with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, with the former airing its second season alongside Luke Cage last year. All three of the series were critically-acclaimed in their own right, earning special recognition that went even beyond the usual superhero adaptation standards.
Following the introduction of Finn Jones' Danny Rand/Iron Fist in his own standalone series earlier this year - with Iron First season 1 earning far more negative reviews than the other three Marvel/Netflix series thus far - Marvel is finally ready to bring the four heroes together for the first time in this year's The Defenders. And apparently, the long-awaited team-up series will be designed more like a traditional blockbuster, popcorn film than the other, street-level Netflix series have been.
Speaking at Denver Comic-Con (via LRM Online), Mike Colter a.k.a. Luke Cage/Power Man, described The Defenders as being a “Summer mash-up of all four of us." The actor continued by saying that the series will have a“certain lightness” to it, with a tone that's fun and funny tone that makes it feel very much like a “summer popcorn thing.”
Colter's comments here don't necessarily come as much of a surprise, to any fans out there who have been paying attention to and/or keeping up with the The Defenders promotional material that has been released in more recent months. The series promises to be, probably, the lightest season of television that Marvel and Netflix have produced together, which will be interesting considering just how dark the tones of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and even Luke Cage have been up until this point.
One could argue that a team-up like this has to have a certain sense of levity to it, but at the same time, The Defenders will have to feel like an organic jump in tone for this side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to make in order to be believable for the fans. After all, the dark tones of the series have so far been something that Marvel fans have actually gravitated towards and been highly-receptive of - so The Defenders having a much lighter tone and sensibility could prove to be either the series' greatest strength or greatest weakness. Luckily, fans only have a little over a month left to wait until they find out which it is.
Marvel’s The Defenders will be available for streaming on Netflix starting August 18.
Source: LRM Online