While The Avengers might get the billion-dollar budgets, the support of clandestine government agencies, a giant floating aircraft carrier and an honest-to-God God backing them up, not every superhero team can boast those kinds of assets. Down on the dirty streets of New York, the heroes that survive are lone wolves who views partnership as a hazard they may not be able to afford. This has been the draw behind The Defenders, Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series that has been on its way down the pipe for over three years. Today, we got our first official image from the production team, along with a whole slew of new rumours, hints and tantalising factoids. Let’s dive in.
The four stars Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) are all, somewhat predictably, looking sternly at the camera. We aren’t sure why, but they are not at all pleased with being on top of that cab, and it kind of seems like they think you’re responsible.
Remember back in the days of Comicon, when they were really happy to see you? What the hell happened in the mean time?
Thankfully, the picture came with some new quotes from showrunner Marco Ramirez, who may be able to shed some light on the mystery. According to Ramirez, The Defenders may not be the happiest of team-mates:
“Every one of them is following their own trail of bread crumbs, trying to unpack a mystery in New York. We wanted them all caught off guard. Once they’re in that room together, it’s kind of like, ‘Oh, s—, who are you?”
From what we know of the plot, their respective paths will converge in the buildings of Midland Circle, a name that should ring bells with Daredevil fans as the shadowy crypto-corporation behind that giant hole in Daredevil season two. Once there, much punching will occur, in a hallway. It will be awesome.
Danny Rand is the only unknown quantity on the team, so we were intrigued when Finn Jones dropped some tasty hints about his character’s role within the group:
“Danny Rand is the one that knows really what’s going on. He knows how serious the situation is. Danny Rand, he’s the one that kind of drives the group to get **** done, really.”
Whether or not “getting **** done” will include doing the front of his shirt up remains to be seen.
From all of the information gleaned thus far, it seems like Marvel are creating some clear blue water between the Defenders and their sparkly counterparts at Stark tower. These are lone wolves with separate concerns and agendas, begrudgingly brought together by circumstance and when they go in, they’re on their own. As Jeph Loeb, Marvel TV head puts it:
“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.”
The Defenders may not be thrilled that they all have to team up, but we’re pretty excited for it. Just make sure you apologise for the Taxicab incident before the series debuts this summer.