The Defenders star Mike Colter (who plays Luke Cage in the ensemble street-level superhero team-up) has just stated that the miniseries will have “a sort of lightness” to it, indicating that it will be the most accessible of Netflix’s Marvel shows.
Talking to LRM Online at the Denver Comic Con, Colter stated that The Defenders would have a relatively lighter tone compared to the other four works in the Netflix-Marvel mythos – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist – and that it would feel like a “Summer popcorn thing”. This approach isn’t all that surprising given that the Netflix series will have a shorter first season than the other shows – consisting of eight episodes instead of the usual thirteen – and it will have to focus on integrating the ensembles of all four series into a single, concise narrative.
The Defenders join forces on August 18, 2017. 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.
Source: LRM Online