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Marvel's hit Netflix shows are building towards a triumphant climax in 2017, with the release of The Defenders — an 8-episode epic uniting Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist in an uneasy alliance against a threat to the whole of New York. #MarvelNetflix is essentially following the pattern of the #MCU movies, with The Defenders acting as the focal point of Phase 1. It looks sure to be a wild ride!

This article will be updated continually with the newest Defenders news, so make sure you return frequently to catch it all!

The Defenders News & Rumors

Updated 12/02/2016

Sigourney Weaver - confirmed as the main villain of The Defenders - was asked about her role in an interview with Variety. She didn't exactly spill the beans!

"I can’t say much, because they might kill me. I think everyone I work for might kill me if I tell you anything. But I have the most delicious character. She’s really smart, and she’s very in charge."

Updated 11/19/2016

Let there be romance! Image: Netflix
Let there be romance! Image: Netflix

More set photos are circulating on social media showing Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple and Mike Colter's Luke Cage locked in a passionate embrace. Of course, one of the more amusing aspects of The Defenders is that the show features no less than three women Luke's hit it off with. Given he eventually married Jessica Jones in the comics, we can expect some twists in this tale.

Updated 11/17/2016

The Daily Mail, a British newspaper, has published a handful of set photos from The Defenders. They reveal - shock, horror - that Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones and Rachael Taylor's Patsy Walker will have scenes together! You can check them out over at The Daily Mail website.

Updated 11/15/2016

This girl means trouble. Image: Netflix
This girl means trouble. Image: Netflix

Elodie Yung, who played Elektra in Daredevil Season 2, has been confirmed to appear in The Defenders. This fits with previous hints that the main villains are in fact the Hand, and raises the possibility that Sigourney Weaver's character is actually a member of the Snakeroot — the secretive tribe who run the Hand.

Misty has one bad attitude. Image: Netflix
Misty has one bad attitude. Image: Netflix

Leaked set images show Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones in serious trouble with the law; police officer Misty Knight (Simone Missick) has Jessica in her sights. We don't know the reason for the confrontation, and the photos show Jessica bloodied and clearly shellshocked. Some fans have found it amusing that Misty and Jessica seem to be clashing; both are numbered among Luke Cage's exes. Perhaps there's a bit of a personal element to this particular face-off?

He likes to take charge. Image: Netflix
He likes to take charge. Image: Netflix

The last week has seen Marvel confirm a whole range of cast members, including: Carrie-Ann Moss as Jeri Hogarth; Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page; Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse; Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson; Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing; Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker; Scott Glenn as Stick; and Simone Missick as Misty Knight. Some of these weren't particularly surprising, but it's always good to get official confirmation.

The Defenders Release Date

Released exclusively on Netflix, The Defenders release date will be in 2017. Netflix originally intended to air only two Marvel shows a year, but next year will see no less than three; Iron Fist, Punisher, and The Defenders!

The Defenders Trailer

The first Defenders trailer was released at SDCC 2016, and gave us a glimpse of what to expect. It's pretty cool, even if it is sparse on details (no surprise, given that — at the time of release — neither Luke Cage nor Iron Fist had been released). Significantly, though, it features a voice-over from Scott Glenn's Stick, which many took to mean that the Hand would be the major villains.

The Defenders Characters

The Defenders: Images: Marvel Comics
The Defenders: Images: Marvel Comics

In the original comics, the Defenders were a cosmic super-team who included powerhouses such as Doctor Strange, the Silver Surfer, and the Hulk. Marvel Netflix put their own spin on The Defenders characters, though, reinventing them as a street-level team based in New York City.

In the Marvel Netflix timeline, #Daredevil is a seasoned vigilante whose personal life is under very real strain. Daredevil Season 2 exacted a terrible toll on the Man Without Fear, as he went up against the Hand and the Punisher; ultimately, the love of his life, Elektra, was killed. What Daredevil doesn't know, though, is that she was resurrected as an agent of the Hand...

Don't mess with Elektra. Image: Netflix
Don't mess with Elektra. Image: Netflix

Meanwhile, private investigator #JessicaJones has built up a degree of notoriety for herself. Jessica Jones Season 1 saw her struggling against the manipulations of Kilgrave, and she finally broke his neck. References since then have suggested that her story is an inflammatory one, with many refusing to believe that the man she killed actually posed the threat she claims.

#LukeCage has recently become every bit as controversial as Jessica Jones, after he became a very public superhero in Harlem. Luke Cage Season 1 ended with him arrested for his prison break from Seagate.

We've yet to be introduced to the Marvel Netflix version of #IronFist; this character has usually been tied to Luke Cage over in the comics, with the two famed for their bromance.

A brilliant duo. Image: Marvel Comics
A brilliant duo. Image: Marvel Comics

Perhaps the most significant secondary character, though, is #ClaireTemple. She looks set to be the thread that draws the Defenders together; she knows Daredevil's secret identity, is falling for Luke Cage, and has history with Jessica Jones. Luke Cage Season 1 concluded with a teaser that she's hired Colleen Wing, who's confirmed to appear in Iron Fist, and she also intended to hire Matt Murdock to support Luke.

The Defenders Cast

The core confirmed Defenders cast are:

Charlie Cox as Daredevil

The star of the show? Image: Netflix
The star of the show? Image: Netflix

The flagship superhero of Marvel Netflix, Charlie Cox's Daredevil is likely to take center-stage. Some key members of his supporting cast have also been confirmed for The Defenders: namely, Deborah Ann Woll's Karen Page, Elden Henson's Foggy Nelson, Scott Glenn's Stick, and Elodie Yung's Elektra.

Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones herself. Image: Netflix
Jessica Jones herself. Image: Netflix

The brilliant Krysten Ritter starred in the psychological drama Jessica Jones Season 1, and Season 2 will take place after The Defenders. She's confirmed to be bringing along key supporting cast members, including Carrie-Ann Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, and Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker.

Mike Colter's Luke Cage

He sure gets through hoodies. Image: Netflix
He sure gets through hoodies. Image: Netflix

We were introduced to Mike Colter's Luke Cage in Jessica Jones Season 1, but his solo series turned out to be a wonderfully atmospheric show. So far, the only confirmed member of Luke Cage's supporting cast to appear in The Defenders is Simone Missick's Misty Knight, and set photos have suggested she's going to have a showdown with Jessica Jones...

Finn Jones's Iron Fist

Up and coming! Images: Netflix / Marvel Comics
Up and coming! Images: Netflix / Marvel Comics

We won't see Iron Fist until March 17th, 2017, so as yet we have no idea how Finn Jones will portray Marvel's mystical martial artist. We can expect a small number of supporting cast to appear in The Defenders, including Jessica Henwick's Colleen Wing.

Sigourney Weaver as an unknown villain

In a surprising announcement at NYCC 2016, Marvel revealed that none other than sci-fi legend Sigourney Weaver will be playing the lead villain in The Defenders. Marvel seem to be enjoying leaving us in the dark as to which role she's playing...

The Defenders Theories

The trailer makes it pretty clear that the Hand will be playing a major role in The Defenders, so nobody was surprised when Elodie Yung was confirmed to be appearing in the series. This seems likely to be the A-plot, and my speculation is that Sigourney Weaver is playing a member of the Snakeroot — the mystical group who run the Hand. Other popular guesses include Mephisto, the boss of IGH, or the Beast (a demonic being worshipped by the Hand).

We haven't yet heard whether or not Jon Bernthal's popular Punisher will appear in The Defenders, although a lot of fans are hoping he will.

Where To Watch The Defenders Online

Marvel's The Defenders will be released exclusively on Netflix in 2017, although it's possible there will be a later DVD / Blu-Ray release.

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