Trailer: Netflix & Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’

Marvel's The Defenders - Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), and Misty Knight (Simone Missick)

Following the brief animated SDCC teaser and the security camera teaser footage from a few weeks ago, Marvel fans and Netflix bingers have been waiting for their first full glimpse at The Defenders line-up in action. And now it has arrived.

Marvel’s street-level heroes (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) finally unite in an 8-episode series, set to drop on Netflix on August 18th. How exactly they come together and why is slightly hinted at in the first trailer.

In the aftermath of season 2 of Daredevil, season 1 of Jessica Jones, and season 1 of Luke Cage from last year and season 1 of Iron Fist this year, the heroes find themselves in interesting positions. Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) is dealing with Elektra’s (Elodie Yung) death and the dissolution of Nelson and Murdock, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is digging into PI work after the death of her tormentor Kilgrave (David Tennant), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is finishing his prison sentence at Seagate, and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones) is coming to terms with his title, Rand Enterprises, and the whole K’un-L’un situation. However, the problem of The Hand from Daredevil and Iron Fist rears its head with the return of Matt’s mentor Stick (Scott Glenn), Elektra, and the appearance of the mysterious Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver).

To say that this first trailer packs a punch is a punny understatement. From the bass-driven remix of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” to the first interactions of the soon-to-be team members to the hallway fight scene (you knew it was coming), The Defenders promises to excite fans of the first five seasons (two of Daredevil and one each of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) … even if the latter series was a stumble-through critically. I, for one, am excited to hear the banter, especially Stick’s cynicism, and see how the fight choreography meshes together, in addition to seeing how returning showrunners and writers Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, as well as returning directors S.J. Clarkson (from Jessica Jones; directs the first two episodes), Uta Briesewitz (from Jessica Jones and Iron Fist5th episode), and Peter Hoar (from Daredevil and Iron Fist; 3rd episode), handle the united team. Also returning are several cast members reprising their roles from their respective series: Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson from Daredevil, Simone Missick from Luke Cage, Carrie-Anne Moss mainly from Jessica Jones, Rosario Dawson mainly from Daredevil, Eka Darville and Rachael Taylor from Jessica Jones, and Jessica Henwick from Iron Fist.

The Defenders drops on Netflix on August 18th at 3 AM Eastern/12 AM Pacific, for those devoted and intrepid enough to stay up to binge the series in one day instead of sleep or work.