5 Things Viewers Want From Netflix’s Upcoming Marvel Series ‘The Defenders’

Netflix’s and Marvel Studios’ TV collaboration reaches its first major climactic point when The Defenders debuts on 18th August and, after all of the trailer and Comic Con information, the hype train has truly entered the station.

Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are set to unite in the battle to eradicate The Hand from New York City’s seedy underbelly, and there’s plenty to ponder and speculate about ahead of the show’s release in just under a few weeks’ time.

With rumours going into overdrive about Siourney Weaver’s character Alexandra, how our heroes – and reluctant heroes – will get along and other questions, what do we definitely want to see from the eight-episode strong series? Here’s five things on every viewer’s wishlist:

Action, and Plenty of it

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With at least one season under each of the quartet’s respective belts, backstories have been firmly established, characters fleshed out and locations set in place.

A good a time as any, then, for a plethora of action sequences to take place.

Our four heroes have already enjoyed some bruising, realistic fight scenes during their own arcs – who can forget the first time they saw the corridor sequence from Dardevil‘s first season? – and, with just eight one-hour long episodes to see if The Defenders can remove the Hand from Hell’s Kitchen for good, the fans will be desperate for a whole slew of action-oriented set-pieces.

That means lots and lots of the above, please Netflix & Marvel.

Who is Alexandra, and What’s Her Deal?

thedefenders2One character whose character hasn’t been fleshed out all that much – naturally due to her lack of appearance thus far in Marvel’s TV universe and unwillingness to spoil anything yet – is supposed Leader of the Hand, Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver).

Mike Colter recently divulged that Alexandra has ties to all four members of The Defenders, and it would be extremely beneficial if viewers were treated to more than just a “she’s the leader so deal with it” synopsis.

To truly get to the bottom of her persona and her motives, it would be wise to see Alexandra given some form of backstory to reveal why she’s the villain of this series.

Jokes, Quips and Humour Galore

thedefenders3While Netflix & Marvel collaborations have proven to be bloody, often-violent affairs that have confronted tough topics, there has also been a lighter, humorous side to proceedings too.

Whether it be Matt Murdoch’s quips to his co-stars in his own Daredevil show, or Luke Cage’s deadpan verbal slamming of his foe’s henchmen, each series has had its fair share of laugh-out-loud moments and, given the rapport among the actors seen on set, as well as each character’s personality, let’s hope The Defenders retains its lighthearted nature to contrast the brutal fight scenes accordingly.

The trailers so far have shown there will be some funny scenes to contrast the gritty action sequences, so here’s hoping there’s plenty more to come.

Ample Screen Time for the Supporting Cast

clairetempleIf the San Diego Comic Con Defenders panel showed us anything, it’s that there’s an extensive supporting cast for Netflix’s upcoming series.

Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing) and Elodie Yung (Elektra) were all present, but that trio will have to contend with Elden Henson (‘Foggy’ Nelson’), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Scott Glenn (‘Stick’) and Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker) – among others – also being granted a decent amount of screen time.

That’s before we even delve into the minor characters who will have bit-part roles to play in pushing the story forward too. Put all that together, and The Defenders‘ cast truly does look bloated.

Marco Ramirez and Douglas Petrie will have had their work cut out on marrying all of these characters together, and we hope that they’ll all be given a chance to shine without detracting too much from our main protagonists and antagonists.

Hints at Where Each Character’s Future Seasons Will Go

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Okay, this one is a little left field and there may not be time to delve into what’s in store for each of our four heroes individually, but it would be cool to get a vague idea of what’s next for the intrepid quartet.

Maybe there’ll be a clue as to which villains could fill a potential void in the criminal underworld if the Hand are disposed of. Or maybe there will be an indication of where each hero’s path will lead them to next.

With all four confirmed to have had new seasons greenlit by Netflix and Marvel, a nice little tease or stinger at the very end of the series would give a brief glimpse into what they could expect in the future.

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Why Reducing Clementine’s Role in Telltale’s Walking Dead: A New Frontier Was the Right Decision

When news broke that fans of Telltale’s Walking Dead series wouldn’t be reprising their role as Clementine in the third outing of the critically-acclaimed franchise, people weren’t happy.

The character that everyone had fallen in love with during the first season, and who they had been able to take charge of for the second, had been wrested from their hands and handed a supporting role instead.

Cue plenty of backlash, outcry and negative reactions all over the internet.

twd2With the third season – or to give its proper title: ‘The Walking Dead: A New Frontier’ – now all wrapped up, however, Telltale’s decision to make Clementine a supporting character this time out was the right decision to make in the end.

Of course, fans of the series have become accustomed to the narrative-based games being built around her experience of the zombie acopalypse, and seeing her grow from a frightened little child into a teenage stone-cold killer with her own baggage and survivor’s guilt.

In reducing Clementine’s – or Clem for brevity reasons – role and allowing her to take a step back in proceedings, Telltale managed to provide players with a new dilemma that would pose them other problems in taking up the reins of a new character.

twd3Javier Garcia – or Javi – is the character that gamers now take up in the absence of being able to control Clem, and his introduction poses a new complication in the Walking Dead‘s over-arcing story and gameplay.

Those players, who will have already played season one and two, have grown up alongside Clem as they have played through her travels, and will have a greater connection and sense of who she is – particularly having controlled her in season two.

twd4By forcing the player to guide Javi’s actions and choices in-game, especially those interactions that concern Clem, a new predicament is introduced whereby the player is conflicted by their previous allegiance to Clem and what they, as an individual, would do if they were Javi himself and had only just met Clem for the first time.

It gives rise to a new perspective within the narrative of A New Frontier, and adds an interesting plot point into the game’s style of play that could have become a tad stale if Clem had been the person that the player controlled.

Of course, Clem is not just a mere spectator to proceedings in A New Frontier. (Warning: Spoilers for A New Frontier from this point on!)

twdajBy way of a series of flashbacks, gamers are given the opportunity to play as Clem on a few brief occasions – glimpses that help to fill in the gaps between season two and her introduction to Javi in A New Frontier.

In doing this, Telltale very cleverly give gamers what they want (playing as Clem) in small chunks to tide them over and placate the baying mob who had cried foul when word spread that she would not be the primary character in this season.

Changing this format up prevented Telltale from re-telling a similar story arc to that of season two and, whilst it can be argued that players would not have grown tired of playing as Clem by the end of A New Frontier, freshening up proceedings with a new playable character helped to keep their franchise up-to-date and original.

twd1It would appear that Telltale will hand the reins back to Clementine when season four is put in the hands of gamers, and a season away from her as the main protagonist will switch the format up once more.

Telltale have a knack for this type of narrative-gaming by now, and it’s reasonable to suggest that they should be given credit for sticking to their guns and making players control Javi for much of their latest veture.

Clementine will always be their Walking Dead poster girl, and fans will always want more of her. In reducing their role in A New Frontier, though, Telltale did the right thing to keep things fresh and interesting.