Move over, Avengers: A new team of scrappy, street-smart superheroes is moving into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On Aug. 18, Netflix will unveil the miniseries superhero team-up it’s been building toward for three years, “Marvel’s The Defenders.”
Not familiar with the new good-guy gang? Don’t fret. “The Defenders” aren’t as easily recognizable as the heavily marketed band of “Earth’s mightiest heroes” from the movies. But with an impressive roster of Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) and a ravenous audience already primed thanks to the characters' previous standalone series all leading into this eight-episode miniseries, “The Defenders” certainly have their fair share of buzz.
Unlike the aforementioned Avengers, who are often steered by the straight-arrow protector Captain America, these supers are a group of no-nonsense New Yorkers. “There's no official hierarchy, all that's yet to be set,” co-showrunner Marco Ramirez said. “We get to lean into the messiness, and the haste, of these four all thrown together dealing and working professionally with each other.”
With no team leader in sight yet, the foursome will have to begrudgingly work together to defeat the new big bad, Sigourney Weaver, who plays the mysterious Alexandra.