It's been more than three years since the announcement that Marvel and Netflix would be partnering up to bring a series of four live-action shows that would culminate in the mini-series event #TheDefenders. And after all the wait, during San Diego Comic-Con 2016, we got an amazing teaser trailer for it:
Unfortunately, the only thing related to the heroes in the footage was their logos. Now, thanks to EW's new cover, we have our first look at the group of the misfits together and it's... amazing. Check it out:
As you can see, the cover is a throwback to the old #comics with the classic logos. It's also worth pointing out that, if we look close enough, Danny Rand's unbuttoned shirt is a nod to his signature comic book costume.
That isn't all we got, though. We also have the first official images to hold us over until the show arrives, showcasing Danny Rand and Colleen Wing next to a helicopter, Luke Cage in prison, and #JessicaJones being arrested by Misty Knight. Check them out:
A behind-the-scenes video of the photoshoot, as well as comments from the people in charge of the show also give us very interesting details about the storyline and where the characters could go in the future.
What Makes The Defenders Unite
Considering each of these heroes' short tempers and outsider personalities, it's hard to picture what could possibly bring them together. Fortunately, we have a description of the very first scene filmed for the show, which helps clear that up:
It involves the four heroes bumping into each other at the Midland Circle offices, which is where the very big unexplained hole shown in #DaredevilSeason2 is. That fits with what we've heard of The Hand possibly being the main bad guys of the event.
Defenders showrunner Marco Ramirez stated about this unexpected moment:
“We wanted them all caught off guard. Once they’re in that room together, it’s kind of like, ‘Oh, s—, who are you?'”
After that awkward encounter, the heroes are forced into a battle in a — all together now — hallway against a group of unidentified enemies, but from what we've learned in #Daredevil Season 2, they are, again, probably The Hand.
If it feels strange they happen to be at the same evil lair at the same time, Ramirez revealed:
“Every one of them is following their own trail of bread crumbs, trying to unpack a mystery in New York."
Could this mean there's a plan from someone else to bring those four together? We'll have to wait and see. Now, you may be asking yourself why someone like Jessica Jones or #LukeCage — who are the most grounded characters in the team — would be looking into a mystical criminal organization. Judging from Finn Jones' comments, that's because they probably don't know what they're getting into.
Iron Fist Will Be A Pivotal Part Of The Show
We should expect a prominent role for Danny Rand due to his knowledge of what they are actually up against. Here's what the actor said:
"So Danny Rand is... He's the one that knows really what's going on. He knows how serious the situation is [...] He's the one who kind of drives the group to get sh-- done."
Considering Madame Gao (who previously appeared in Daredevil) will make an appearance in #IronFist, it's possible that a portion of the first season will be dedicated to set up The Defenders' storyline.
That shouldn't be much of a problem: Daredevil already laid the groundwork for the storyline, so Iron Fist only has to connect the dots. Another interesting aspect about Jones' comments is how it corroborates a piece of information we already had regarding the dynamic of the team:
The Heroes Might Not End Up Clicking At First
Superheroes not getting along has become the standard for every comic book team-up, so the four of them not clicking isn't much of a surprise. What is new, though, is the fact that The Defenders might not be truly tight-knit even after saving New York City. Head of #Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, explained:
"The Defenders didn’t have a ‘D’ on their belt buckles and a Defenders Tower..."
"We agreed from the very beginning that these folks could at the very end go, ‘I never want to see your face again.'”
Yikes. That's rough, but it's refreshing to know they might simply not like each other or that their lone wolf personalities won't magically disappear after one mission together. And, going by the actors' description of their characters reacting to this event, it seems like their personalities will naturally bounce off of each other:
- Charlie Cox (Daredevil):
"I think both Jessica Jones and Matt Murdock are quite... opinionated and quite stubborn. I imagine that would be kind of a fiery relationship... In a good way."
- Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones):
"Jessica Jones is very reluctant to exist in the world, let alone user her superpowers. So Jessica fits in very reluctantly [...] It's hard for someone who doesn't want to be a part of any social circles to have to participate in this group activity."
- Mike Colter (Luke Cage):
"I think Luke Cage is the most centered of the group, so hopefully when things have to happen, he thinks about it twice and he starts to use his wisdom."
You keep them in check, Luke. I'm very excited about seeing this aspect in a superhero adaptation, as their animosity continuing even after they saved the world would definitely fit with the grittier, more realistic tone the #Netflix shows have established.
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That was all the new information we got for The Defenders. Now that Iron Fist is two months away, hopefully we'll be able to understand more of where the show is going. The Defenders is expected to be released sometime in 2017.
Are you excited for 'The Defenders'?