Much like the Avengers within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Defenders are a team of heroes that will be comprised of characters who have already been established within Marvel Television’s Netflix universe. So far we have seen two seasons of Daredevil and a single season of Jessica Jones, and we have a season of both Luke Cage and Iron Fist to look forward to before all four characters come together.
IGN spoke with both Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, the pair responsible for writing the eight episodes worth of scripts that will make up season one of The Defenders. The pair spoke of the fun, and the challenges, of bringing the four headlining characters together, but first touched on the rest of the characters within the universe and how they were all going to interact with one another. According to Ramirez:
“In the room we’re talking about this character A and character C, and we’re like, wait! Have they ever…? Wait, have they ever met each other? And then we’ll be like, oh, they have so-and-so in common, and we’re like, ‘Oh, that’s right. There’s weirdly a family tree in our heads and also on the boards. We’re like OK, so this person has crossed paths with this person, this person knows who this is and what this person is capable of, and keeping it all accurate has been one of the bigger challenges… It makes our jobs easier because we don’t have to even worry about creating a new character. So that’s really fun, kind of thinking about being able to pull from the canon that already exists, even just in the three years these shows have existed.”
Ramirez continued to explain what the show was actually about, and how the team is brought together:
“Everyone’s asked us, ‘What is Defenders about?’ and at the end of the day, what it’s about is about four people who have an awesome responsibility that particularly want that responsibility, who are brought together to deal with something that no one else can or will.”
It sounds as if the heroes come together because they recognize the potential they have to do good for Hell’s Kitchen. If that isn’t a good reason to join up as a team of superheroes, I don’t know what else is. Ramirez goes on to compare (and contract) The Defenders with their big screen cousins, The Avengers. It sounds like the team won’t have a ‘Tony Stark’ in their ranks, which is most likely a good thing.
“One of the things that made the Defenders so unique was, at the end, nobody needs to put on a costume that has a D on it. Nobody needs to have a building that has a big D on it. At the end, provided that they succeed and who knows whether or not they will, they can just tell each other to go… ‘Yeah, I’m not seeing you anymore. And I cleaned that up.’ That’s the fun of being able to take those characters,”
Lastly, Ramirez explained the toughest part of creating the team up was finding the right tone between the vastly different characters. Trying to fit a tone that successfully combines Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones is not an easy task.
“The tone question is probably one of the most challenging and most exciting parts of this project because we get to overlap the four tones of the four shows and get to see what it looks like when a bit of a ‘Daredevil tone’ overlaps into a Jessica story and vice versa, or what happens when Luke Cage is suddenly in a scenario that feels kind of like it would have happened on Daredevil instead.”
Between figuring out the perfect tone and the way the characters would all intertwine, the writers certainly do have a lot on their plate. Are you excited for The Defenders series? How about Luke Cage and Iron Fist? Let us know in the comments!