- What is this series about?
“Marvel’s The Defenders” follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.
- Why should you watch it?
And here we are. A new Marvel series. But we could say that this one is 4 in 1. Here the paths of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Lucas Cage and Iron Fist cross and go beyond. The centre of the story is Iron Fist and it’s the other characters that move around him until they get together.
The series keeps the spirit of its four predecessors, meaning that the main characters are people with special gifts/power that want to be normal, they are not the typical superheroes with their special outfit that wants to save the world. They are just people who want to keep going with their normal lives. To point out that only 1 put of 4 is wearing a superhero outfit, the other three they don’t care and don’t want anything to do with it, they even make fun of Daredevil’s one.
On one side are these four people. On the other side, we have Sigourney badass Weaver. She is really mean in her role as the main antagonist of our so-called heroes. She doesn’t have any special power, but still, she can face the four of them together without messing her hair up. The only thing I have against her, is that she should have more screen time. Really a pity.
As for the plot; itself is a bit slow and at some point, you might ask yourself, who are the bad guys in here? And what do they want to do? Maybe one problem is that the season is only 8 episodes long and they showrunners want to add everything possible from the other four shows, including all these secondary characters who will make you feel lost because you won’t be able to place them properly on their respective backgrounds; and if you’d like to, you would have to watch 5 different seasons, but by the time you finish The Defenders you won’t feel eager at all to do so.
Although that from these 4 series I have only had the opportunity to watch the Jessica Jones one, I would say that it is safe to say that The Defenders is better than Lucas Cage and Iron Fist (after checking the critics reviews, that’s it). But sorry, Jessica Jones is still my favourite of the whole lot. As per Daredevil, it is probably at the same level as The Defenders, specially taking into consideration that a character from that series is one of the main characters in this one.
In a bigger picture the series is good, mainly because you just want to watch how these different characters come together in the main story. But once they are together, it feels like the story slows down and then at the end we are running to catch it up and we face a bit of a chicle ending. Still, worth your time.
- Did you know?
– The opening credits are a sequence of cityscapes of New York, with colored silhouettes of the Defenders (Daredevil in red, Jessica Jones in blue/purple, Luke Cage in gold and Iron Fist in green).
– In this series, the founding members of the Defenders are Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. In the comics the Defenders were formed by the Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer and Namor the Sub-Mariner.
– The IP address hidden in the first teaser trailer will take you to a site with information about The Defenders.
– In the first few episodes, the production uses colored light to great effect to separate out each individual Defender story. Look closely and you’ll notice that each scene involving Daredevil has a hint of red. Jessica Jones is lit with purple. Iron Fist with green and Luke Cage is lit in shades of yellow. As the series progresses and the Defenders become aligned, the four colors eventually turn into more neutral whites and blues.
– The name of all the four defenders cast members appears based on the release date they got released. The order is as follows. Daredevil played by Charlie Cox Jessica Jones played by Krysten Ritter Luke Cage played by Mike Colter Iron Fist played by Finn Jones.
– When Matt Murdock plays the piano in one of the episodes he’s playing the Defenders theme song.
– When Matt and Jessica are leaving the police station a photo of Stan Lee can be seen on a wall in the background.
– One of the trailers shows black and white security camera footage of the four defenders in a light with a time stamp in the top right corner. The time says 8:18 in hours and minutes. This is a reference to the release date of August 18th.