Marvel’s ‘Defenders’ Truly Are A Dysfunctional Family

By January 13, 2017
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Netflix hasn’t brought The Defenders together quite yet, but that didn’t stop Entertainment Weekly from getting the gang together for a cover shoot of the magazine that hits newsstands Friday.

The eight-episode series featuring the characters who have had solo series on the subscription streaming service is expected to become available later this year. However, some of the people involved in the show already are talking. Like showrunner Marco Ramirez, who explains that this is not going to be a bunch of anti-heroes that will get along together.

In fact, it might be more like the worst Thanksgiving dinner you’ve ever had.

“It’s ultimately a story about a family of orphans who are very grownup, but still have more growing up to do.”

Ramirez wrote the premiere episode of the ensemble series, picking up where he left off with other Netflix programs like Daredevil. He also was part of another popular Netflix series for a season in 2013 – Orange is the New Black – before spending time on Da Vinci’s Demons and AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.

The Defenders is taking a very straightforward approach to the characters and their various stories, picking up right where each of them left off in their various Netflix runs.

The Defenders begins with Matt distraught over losing Elektra and thinking about abandoning is alter ego; Jessica dealing with newfound fame and freedom after destroying her tormentor Kilgrave; and Luke finding himself back behind bars.

In case you haven’t been following the Marvel invasion of Netflix, those storylines are from DaredevilJessica Jones and Luke Cage. Yet, the one Defender we’re missing is one we won’t see until March – Finn Jones’ Iron Fist.

What can we expect from that character? The Game of Thrones alum who will portray him say bringing together the Defenders is exactly what he’ll need by the time his first season is over.

“He’s craving desperately for family, for help, for guidance, for people to learn from, and for a team.”

Netflix hasn’t announced a premiere date yet for The Defenders, but Iron Fist will debut on the streaming service March 17.

Although the other three shows have received renewals, there are no announced release dates on when we might seem them. However, based on Netflix’s past approach of releasing just two Marvel series a year, we probably shouldn’t expect to see any of them until 2018.

At the earliest. Because we can’t forget The Punisher is coming as well.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.