In 2017, Marvel is launching a brand new Defenders comic book series starring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist that will be out in August.
During the Secret Empire storyline, the Defenders were seen fighting the villains that were on a rampage for what happened in Pleasant Hill. They were defeated when Nitro exploded.
Marvel’s The Defenders stars Charlie Cox, (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist). Additional cast members include Academy-Award nominated actress Sigourney Weaver (Alexandra), Elodie Yung (Elektra), Scott Glenn (Stick), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth), Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse), Simone Missick (Misty Knight) and Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing). Rosario Dawson returns as Claire Temple.
The Defenders will consist of eight episodes
- Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock / Daredevil: A blind lawyer in Hell’s Kitchen with his four remaining senses enhanced who is secretly the vigilante, Daredevil.Cox stated that the second season of Daredevil, which sees Murdock fight alongside Elektra and the Punisher, prepared Murdock for the Defenders, saying, “Something that’s very tricky for Matt is to allow anyone to help him. He finds it impossible to ask for help. One of the lessons that he’s [starting] to learn… is that he needs other people, he needs help.” Cox added that the start of the miniseries sees Elektra’s death at the end of Daredevil‘s second season weighing heavily on Murdock, that he is “a little bit lost, and the best he can do for now is to not engage in his vigilante activities,” though he has not “completely found peace with that idea.” In addition, Murdock still looks to his faith regarding his actions, with Cox commenting, “He believes that his intentions are good. He’s always, always going to wonder if he’s committing mortal sin.” Cox also felt that Murdock and Jessica Jones would have a “fiery relationship” in the series since both characters are “quite opinionated and quite stubborn.”
- Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones: A private investigator suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who has her own agency, Alias Investigations. Ritter felt it would be interesting to see what forces Jones to team up with the other heroes, since “she doesn’t want to be a superhero. She doesn’t want anything to do with that.” She added that at the start of the series, Jones is “still dealing with the aftermath of Kilgrave” along with the new found “success” for Alias Investigations at the conclusion of the first season of Jessica Jones, stating, “People want her to work for them, she’s getting a lot of business, and she’s not ready for any of that.” Describing the dynamic between Jones and the rest of the team, showrunner Marco Ramirez says, “She’s gloriously the most reluctant hero in the world. She’s going to have to let three men into her life who she doesn’t 100 percent trust.” Ritter noted that Jones and Murdock would have a “cat and mouse” dynamic, with the roles switching between the two characters.
- Mike Colter as Luke Cage: A former convict at Seagate Prison with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin who now fights crime in Harlem.Colter felt that none of the Defenders seemed like they would want to be in a superhero group together, and said that though Cage, specifically, “knows there are other people like him,” he “is in his own world.”[ He added that the beginning of the series would deal with the consequences of Cage voluntarily going to prison to atone for his past, saying, “He’s been able to come clean and deal with his past… The difficulty with Cage [in the first season of Luke Cage] is that he has this secret, he has this thing that he’s been trying to run away from and deal with, and that’s a big burden to bear. That weighs on you, that changes who you are as a person. Now that that’s out of the way, I think we can give him a different approach to life.” Colter added that Cage would act as “the conciliator” for the group as well as a mentor to Danny Rand. The combination of Cage and Rand was done as an homage to the pair’s relationship in Heroes for Hire, that Colter described as “a cool combination” and would have “a wisdom-versus-youth quality.”
- Finn Jones as Danny Rand / Iron Fist: A billionaire Buddhist monk, co-CEO of Rand Enterprises, and martial arts expert with the ability to call upon the mystical power of the Iron Fist.Jones said that Rand is the one “who really knows what’s going on, he knows how serious this situation is” and the one who “drives the group to get shit done.”Jones described the difference in Rand from Iron Fist versus The Defenders as “Danny in his adolescence” in the former, and “Danny taking responsibility and moving forward with his purpose” in the latter. He continued, saying, “He’s craving desperately for family, for help, for guidance, for people to learn from, and for a team [in The Defenders]. But because of what happens in Iron Fist, he’s very untrusting. It’s really his way or no way.” Jones also felt that between Iron Fist and The Defenders, the series and miniseries was “the complete first season of Danny’s journey.” Colter described Rand as “a young guy” with “an exuberance… that Luke Cage wants to temper a bit… Danny comes out like a bull in a china shop in some ways, and I think Luke has seen the world and knows certain things.”
- Élodie Yung as Elektra Natchios: A mysterious and dangerous woman from Murdock’s past, who is the Black Sky, a weapon of The Hand. Yung reprises her role from Daredevil.
- Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra: Weaver described the character as “really smart” and “very in charge”,[while showrunner Marco Ramirez described her as “a very powerful force in New York City. She’s everything Sigourney is: sophisticated, intellectual, dangerous.” As the villain of the series, the character had to be “something massive to pull these four [hero] characters from their individual worlds to work together, but also small enough that it felt like it existed in our world.”
- Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse: Jones’ neighbor and assistant at Alias Investigations. Darville reprises his role from Jessica Jones.
- Simone Missick as Misty Knight: A Harlem police detective who is Cage’s ally. Missick reprises her role from Luke Cage.
- Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page: Murdock’s former secretary and a burgeoning newspaper reporter. Woll reprises her role from Daredevil.
- Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson: Murdock’s close friend and former law partner who now works with Hogarth. Henson reprises his role from Daredevil.
- Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth: A lawyer and ally of Jones and Rand. Moss reprises her role from previous Marvel Netflix series.
- Scott Glenn as Stick: Murdock’s mentor and leader of The Chaste who wages a war against The Hand. Glenn reprises his role from Daredevil.
- Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker: Jones’ adoptive sister and best friend who hosts her own radio talk show. Taylor reprises her role from previous Marvel Netflix series.
- Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple: A former nurse who gives medical aid to vigilantes. Dawson reprises her role from each of the previous Marvel Netflix series.
- Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing: Rand’s lover and the owner of a New York City dojo. Henwick reprises her role from Iron Fist.
- Marko Zaror as Shaft: A member of The Chaste.
Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance through an on-set photograph as NYPD Captain Irving Forbush, the same seen in previous Marvel Netflix series