Executive producer Marco Ramirez has teased what audiences can expect from the Marvel Netflix team-up series The Defenders when it hits the streaming service this August.
The first trailer for the epic series debuted this morning and rose to the #1 trending spot on YouTube as it revealed the return of Elektra (Elodie Yung) and teased the rise of Black Sky. It’s clear The Hand is involved in the plot somehow but little is still known about what causes Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) to unite in the war for New York against the mysterious businesswoman named Alexandra, played by Sigourney Weaver.
In a recent chat with Forbes magazine, Ramirez remained tight-lipped on the plot but offered some hints for what to expect from the character dynamics in the series:
“The Defenders has the street-level stuff that everyone loved about the other shows. It’s about a bunch of strong-willed people who are very happy to work independently but realize they have to work together and that they are much stronger together.”
Ramirez also dished on the task of bringing all four of the heroes (not for hire) together for one epic team-up and the challenge of keeping them engaged in the narrative throughout the entire season:
“That was a great creative challenge because all four characters are so independent and have their own storylines and unique drives. It was quite a journey to keep them all very involved and active at every point.”
Marvel has spent the last few years establishing the Netflix corner of the MCU with the heroes of New York but the plan has always been to bring them together. The challenge now becomes blending the leads of all four shows that each have their own unique tone into something that is more than just the sum of its parts, it all has to add together to create something new and stand out from solo series rather than just being a mish-mash of all the individual flavors if it’s going to continue on for a second season.
As for working with Weaver as the villain, Ramirez said that she was everything the producers had hoped she would be:
“Working with her was a dream come true. She was everything we wanted, inspiring and quite extraordinary. Her work ethic and her demeanour are quite incredible.”
The Defenders hits Netflix August 18.