Sigourney Weaver has the unique opportunity to portray a central, female antagonist in an upcoming Marvel property. Now that The Defenders is set for release this summer, Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand/Iron Fist have to face off against Sigourney Weaver’s character Alexandra.
Although details about Alexandra’s connection within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) are being held under wraps, the Academy Award-nominated actress and sci-fi icon got a chance to briefly discuss a bit more about her role in the highly-anticipated series:
I do think she’s a renaissance woman. I think yes, she has to do these things but she really… she loves life, she loves culture. It’s one of the most interesting women characters I’ve ever read.
What has made the antagonists in Marvel’s Netflix series so compelling is how their backstories are explored. The films in the MCU are often criticized for their lackluster villains, but with characters such as Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk/Kingpin, David Tennant’s Kilgrave and Mahershala Ali’s Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth, these Netflix series have really dug deep into what pushed them to their motivations.
It is so fitting that an actress of both the star-power and caliber of Sigourney Weaver is playing the main antagonist in this culmination of four different shows. Alexandra will definitely envelop our heroes into an even bigger Hell than they already encounter on a daily/nightly basis.
Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Danny Rand). 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.
All episodes of Marvel’s The Defenders will premiere on Netflix on August 18, 2017. Meanwhile, you can catch up with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist which are streaming now.