With the announcement for Daredevil Season 3, a trailer for Marvel’s Luke Cage, and a teaser trailer for Iron Fist, Netflix and Marvel have had a very good 24 hours. The tip of the sundae was a brief teaser trailer for their accumulation of all their “street level” heroes with the upcoming Defenders series. The Defenders promised to unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist together for a few adventures. Many are comparing this to how Marvel also rolled out their heroes on the big screen: showing individual films starting with Iron Man all the way through to Marvel’s The Avengers joining Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow as they defended the earth from Loki and the Chitauri army. On the small screen, all of Marvel’s Netflix heroes will join together to help protect New York from a threat. Sounds familiar, right? Marvel TV head honcho Jeph Loeb doesn’t want you to compare the two when thinking about The Defenders.
“The street level heroes always come from a very real place. If The Avengers are here to protect the universe — and nobody loves those movies more than I do — that’s an epic, action-adventure story that has great humor and great pathos. What we’re trying to do is tell stories about men and women who are here to save, in some cases, the neighborhood, and in some cases themselves. And if that’s the case, and you’re involved, and you’ll stick around for 13 hours, that’s an enormous commitment that we want!”
Because they are more street-level, the stakes might not be as high, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a threat that The Defenders have to deal with. It will also be about them coming together, having very different backgrounds as they have to learn to deal with each other over 13 episodes.
The question that we want people to ask is, ‘What happens when these people meet each other?’ Because they each look at the world in a very different way. So when that happens, that’s ultimately what Defenders is all about. It’s not about ‘Who is the bad guy?’ or ‘What’s at stake?’ or any of those things. We’re still working in a very real, grounded world. The sky is not going to open up, and aliens aren’t going to come flying out of it. That’s The Avengers job! That’s what their supposed to do.
We know that The Defenders will arrive sometime in 2017 and will feature the four heroes. However, we do not know what the threat is or who the enemy will be. As Netflix rolls out Luke Cage and Iron Fist first, we may get some clues. Until then, it should be very exciting, especially when they all come together.