Just as Marvel’s “The Avengers” was the culmination of a multi-year plan involving “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “Captain America” (and next year’s “Infinity War” will bring together the characters introduced since, namely The Scarlet Witch, The Vision, Ant-Man, the Guardians Of The Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Valkyrie, Black Panther and more), upcoming Netflix show “The Defenders” is the endpoint of two years that have seen the streaming giant introduce four comic-book characters to their viewers.
Well, not the end point, as such: a spin-off featuring Jon Bernthal’s “The Punisher,” and at least one more season of “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” will follow, and likely much more besides. But it certainly marks a climax of some sort — teaming up Charlie Cox’s blind lawyer-turned-vigilante Daredevil, Krysten Ritter’s super-strong PI Jessica Jones and Mike Colter’s indestructible community organizer. Oh, and someone else? We can’t remember. Boy band-looking fella with a wonky accent. It’ll come to us.
The show’s now just a few months away, and hot on the heels of the first trailer earlier in the week, Netflix has released a few new images of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and… we want to say Punchy McWhite? The Appropriator? Mr. Brobot? There’s also a glimpse of Sigourney Weaver’s mysterious villain, Simone Missick reprising her “Luke Cage” role as tough cop Misty Knight and Rosario Dawson as Nurse Deserves-Better-Than-This.
These shows have gotten progressively more boring and badly written as they’ve gone on, so we sincerely hope that “The Defenders” pulls out of that particular dive, or at least isn’t four times as boring as the previous ones. Eka Darville, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Scott Glenn, Rachael Taylor, Jessica Henwick and Marko Zaror will all star, and the show debuts on Netflix on August 18th.
Ron Fist? Is that his name?