Netflix landed some of the most coveted franchises in the entertainment industry when it signed an agreement with Marvel for several original series. Marvel’s Daredevil was the first collaboration between Marvel and Netflix, and the success of that series led to three more: Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. All four of the series shared the same crime-ridden New York City setting and realistic true-crime feel, as well as many secondary characters and villains.
After fans and critics alike praised the bold new direction of Netflix’s piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel and Netflix announced they would combine all four of these into a bold new version of the superhero team The Defenders. After much buzz and a few teasers for Netflix’s The Defenders, the streaming service has finally released its first official trailer for the series:
The trailer shows all four characters to be complicated, ‘damaged goods’ heroes who have plenty of reasons not to get along but are ultimately united by a common foe. Over a re-mixed version of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are,” an unknown voice tells the four anti-heroes that “the war for New York is here, so get your sh*t together.” A menacing-looking Sigourney Weaver appears briefly in the trailer as Alexandra, the show’s mysterious villainess. Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), and Danny Rand (Iron Fist) all return as their roles from their individual self-titled series, while Carrie-Ann Moss and Rosario Dawson will reprise their supporting roles.
The trailer shows the series to be a dark, gritty urban action series full of hand-to-hand combat and acerbic one-liners between ego-inflated crime fighters. All eight episodes of the first season of The Defenders will premiere for streaming on Netflix on August 18, 2017.