Marvel Studios and Netflix have released the trailer for their upcoming miniseries Marvel’s The Defenders, which sees the sees the stars of each of their separate series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, team to form a street-level super -team.
Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones reprise their leading roles from their respective series, and are joined by fellow Netflix/Marvel luminaries as Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn, Elodie Yung, Simone Missick, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Jessica Henwick, Rachael Taylor and Carrie-Anne Moss. The storyline of the series appears to be a culmination of gathering threats that have arranged across the different series, forcing the four outsider vigilantes to put aside their differences and join together to save New York from the threat posed by the big bad played by Sigourney Weaver. Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez (show runners of Daredevil season 2) are executive-producing.
Marvel and Netflix had hoped to to catapult into The Defenders off of an unbroken string of hit TV shows, but with the critical drubbing that met Marvel’s Iron Fist after its predecessors were far more well-received, they now may be hoping that this climatic series recaptures some lost mojo. Check out the trailer below and then stick around for thoughts:
Okay? So, right off the bat, the trailer opts to focus on its best angle, namely pulling together these four misfits into snarky conflict. The most obvious aspect people are going to be looking forward to in this show will be seeing the sparks fly between all of these individuals and this peek does give us a couple of solidly funny moments. It’s great to see Cox, Ritter and Colter back, and for those who enjoyed their series, this will act as a nice bite to tide us over until those shows return. I also think that it manages to make its most problematic character, namely Jones’ Danny Rand, a bit more ill-defined by playing him up as the most earnest and positive of the group. Here’s hoping Marvel/Netflix can course-correct their one substantial failure by making him both more imposing and more likeable.
The casting of Weaver as the villain is inspired, as she is easily capable of being suitably imposing and believable as an unstoppable threat. She is also incapable of being uninteresting as an actor (she can be bad, but never boring), so that’s a solid choice.
The only aspect that may cause trouble could be just how overstuffed the series might be. There’s a lot of ground to cover and characters to serve, but given how the Marvel/Netflix series have struggled to put enough straight ahead incident in their seasons, it’s also just as likely that this could wind up being the most jam-packed and well-paced series they’ve produced yet.
Also, are big fights in hallways now some kind of meta-textual in-joke in these shows now? I mean, it’s starting to become as much a tradition as the Stan Lee cameos at this point.
Marvel’s The Defenders drops on Netflix on August 18, 2017.