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
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?
One 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
While 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
If 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
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.