Who are “The Defenders?”

And How Do Defenders Relate To Marvel’s Netflix Shows?

There are Marvel heroes who seek to protect our planet or even the galaxy. But some protect the turf on a smaller scale, safeguarding their neighborhoods from threats. Meet the street-level defenders of Marvel – a handful of New York City vigilantes and Heroes for Hire who pack potent punches on the streets they call home.

Quick Answer: The Defenders is a Netflix show from Marvel which released on Netflix in 2017. The series follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. They all have their own Netflix shows as they unite and fight against a threat to New York City. Imagine The Avengers, only grittier and more jaded. Although The Defenders is a culmination of Netflix’s Marvel shows, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb said it wouldn’t be necessary to watch all four series. He said in an interview, “We have to tell a story that feels like it’s of its world.

Back in 2013, Marvel announced its plan to roll out several Netflix series over the next few years: Daredevil (2015 – 2017), Jessica Jones (2015 -2017 )Luke Cage (2016)and Iron Fist (2017), and The Defenders (2017). 

While all these shows exist in the same Marvel Cinematic Universe, the characters will interact with each other for the first time as a team in The Defenders. But which superheroes will be included?


Daredevil- Entertainment Reviewed
Daredevil- Entertainment Reviewed

The first Marvel series that Netflix released was Daredevil. Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is a blind attorney who becomes the masked vigilante Daredevil at night to protect his neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. Although he is blind, he can “see” with his heightened hearing. He uses this sensory skill set to his advantage and can “see” more than the average person. When he was a young orphan, Matt trained under the instruction of a mysterious man named Stick, who taught him how to control his senses and fight. Years later, Matt uses the identity of Daredevil to protect Hell’s Kitchen from the crime lord Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), the deadly vigilante known as the Punisher (Jon Bernthal), and the secretive organization called “The Hand.”

Jessica jones

Jessica Jones: Entertainment Reviewed

Next is Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), a former superhero with superhuman strength and abilities. She retired after a traumatic incident involving Kilgrave (David Tennant), a manipulative man who can control minds. Now, Jessica Jones works as a private investigator for her agency, Alias Investigations. However, when Kilgrave returns to haunt Jessica, she is forced to return to her superhero lifestyle. As she protects New York City and herself from the dangerous Kilgrave while continuing her work as a P.I.

Luke Cage

Luke Cage: Entertainment Reviewed

The next Defender is Luke Cage (Mike Colter), whose Netflix show will premiere in September 2016. Cage first appeared in Jessica Jones as part of one of Jessica’s investigations. Luke Cage will focus on Luke’s attempt to rebuild his life after a sabotaged experiment leaves him with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin. Now he must fight crime as he confronts the dark past he tried to get away from.

The last member of the Defenders is Iron Fist. Iron Fist is the superhero identity of Danny Rand, a billionaire, and martial arts expert. Who gained the powers of the Iron Fist after extensive training in the mystical city of K’un-Lun. When Danny returns to New York after a long absence, he uses his kung fu skills and the Iron Fist’s power to fight against corruption.

Iron Fist

Iron Fist: Entertainment Reviewed.

Next super hero is Iron Fist. He will join Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage to become the Defenders. Unlike their cinematic counterparts, the Avengers, the Defenders will fight against local threats to New York, not the world. Just as the Avengers found an adviser in Nick Fury, the teaser for The Defenders suggests that Daredevil’s Stick will return as a mentor for the ragtag team of superheroes. The Punisher also got a solo Netflix series.

Although The Defenders will be a culmination of DaredevilJessica JonesLuke Cage, and Iron Fist, it won’t be necessary to watch all four series. In an interview with Collider, Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel TV and the executive producer for all of Marvel’s Netflix series, said. “We expect people watching Marvel’s Luke Cage may have seen Jessica Jones and met Mike [Colter] and Luke Cage, but we can’t bet on that. We have to tell a story that feels like it’s of its world.” Loeb thinks that the miniseries’ most exciting aspect will be how the four very different superheroes interact. Still, we’ll have to wait and see until The Defenders came out on Netflix in 2017.

You can now stream the defenders on Disney+ Hotstar.

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