"The war for New York is here."
This week the folks at Disney and Netflix debuted the first trailer for their upcoming superhero ensemble series The Defenders. The show will finally unite the likes of Matt Mucdoch aka Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Danny Rand aka Iron Fist (Finn Jones) in what is sure to be an exciting, action packed television experience.
In November of 2013 the partnership between Marvel and Netflix was announced. Even though Marvel has the ABC program Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., the plan was to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe further in television through the release of four shows, thirteen episodes each, that would focus on a specific character with the eventual plan to bring them together, under the guidance of Daredevil season two showrunners, Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, for The Defenders. Think of the exactly what Marvel achieved on the big screen, but only for the small screen.
The trialer itself offers a reintroduction to the main characters, plenty of action, and a general consensus of what the story will be about. We get a look at some of the reoccurring characters as well as some new ones but what is worth noting is that The Hand are back in full force and come in the company of Alexandra, a mysterious villain played by actress Sigorney Weaver. I'll spare you details so you can simply watch it. It's worth your time!
Let's take a second to remember where we left our heroes:
Matt Murdoch, aka Daredevil, the blind lawyer turned protector of Hell's Kitchen was last seen battling Nobu Yoshioka, a leader of the Hand and associate of Wilson Fisk. During the fight Elektra sacrifies herself to save Daredevil from the strike of Yoshioka's sword. Her body is later exhumed revealing the faint sound of a heartbeat.
It's been close to two years since we have heard anything from Jessica Jones. She was last spotted defeating Kevin Thompson, or Kilgrave, the mind controlling madman whose impact on Jessica's life goes well beyond the hero versus villain relationship. After the victory, she returns to her practice as a private investigator with a renewed focus to do good in this world.
Luke Cage cleaned up Harlem and won his epic battle with Stryker but his glory was short lived. When the dust settles, Federal Agents show up to arrest Cage for an earlier escape from a prison in Georgia.
Last is Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, who with the help of his friends,was able to legitimize his life and bring the evil Harold Meachum to justice.
While some of these shows may not be as highly regarded as the others (I'm talking to you Iron Fist), they each offer a unique experience for the viewers and give a phenomonal balance of good writing and action. Audiences around the world have something to look forward to.
The Marvel machine again shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon with more seasons on the way and a Punisher spin off well into production. But for now we call all sit back and enjoy a preview of what is to come.
What do you think of the trailer? Who is your favorite Defender? Let Nerdbot know what you think of the sneak peek in the comments below!