The Avengers Tower is a big part of the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and usually makes a number of cameos in the films of the setting, yet it’s been absent from the Netflix shows that join up to make The Defenders. Marvel TV producer Jeph Loeb has explained that there’s a stylistic reason that they don’t do this, even though the events of The Avengers are still referenced on these shows.
Inverse recently asked Loeb about why the Avengers Tower is nowhere to be found in the Defenders-related shows, speculating that it might have to do with budgetary issues. Loeb replied:
“I think it’s much more that we look at it from the point of view of ‘where are we?’ and having to establish that along the way. In many ways, being less specific helps the audience understand that this could be on any street corner. Where we’re sitting right now, I can see the Empire State Building, but if we were sitting 30 blocks that way, I wouldn’t be able to see the Empire State Building. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It just means that we can’t see it from where we are.”
So it’s a matter of suggesting that the locations we see aren’t necessarily the same locations that correspond to the real-life counterparts to these locations, if that makes sense. It’s interesting to note that all of the teaser posters for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist featured the Avengers Tower in the background, however.
The Defenders is available to stream as a part of Netflix’s original programming. The show features an ensemble cast that includes Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Finn Jones as Danny Rand (Iron Fist), Élodie Yung as Elektra Natchios, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as “Foggy” Nelson, Carrie-Ann Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Scott Glenn as Stick, Rachael Taylor as Pasty Walker, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Wai Ching Ho as Madame Gao, and Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra Reid.
Marvel’s Netflix Heroes, Ranked From Worst To Best
Marvel has been using Netflix to great effect. Taking full advantage of the digital platform and the untethered storytelling it allows creators to offer, Marvel has been taking iconic comic book characters such as Daredevil and Iron Fist and showing them in a new light over the past few years on Netflix.
The studio’s efforts have taken the heroes (and sometimes even the anti-heroes) of the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in different directions through 13-part adventures, diving more into what makes them tick than the films. For the most part, these characters have been well thought out and the actors inhibating the roles have done a great job making them their own.
Of course, The Defenders is the culmination of what Marvel has been working towards with these shows. Arriving later this month, the 8-episode series is set to unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist against a threat greater than anything they’ve faced before.
With the series only a few days away it is a great time to look at each of the Netflix heroes and see where they rank from worst to best. Click next to have a look!