Earth’s Mightiest Heroes may not be reassembling again until next year’s Avengers: Infinity War, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s newest superhero team is going to fill the void this summer and take on the Black Sky. The Defenders are finally coming together to save New York, but they’re gonna have their hands full with the ninja death cult known as the Hand, as well as Sigourney Weaver‘s enigmatic character, Alexandra. Today’s Nerdist News is breaking down the new trailer and showing you the eight things you may have missed!
Join host (and heroine for hire) Jessica Chobot as she provides some context for the first ever live-action meet-ups for Daredevil and Jessica Jones, as well as Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Treating Iron Fist as a joke seems to be a recurring theme in the trailer (and in certain parts of fandom), and that may be true for the miniseries as well. But if you watch closely, you’ll see that Luke Cage’s beloved “Pop’s Barbershop” is still shut down and Colleen Wing is still working with Danny Rand. There’s also an ominous shot which implies that some chemical weapons may be appearing on the show.
The trailer is full of visual callbacks to the previous Marvel Netflix series, including the closeup of Iron Fist punching Luke and a brand new hallway fight with all four heroes and one wildcard: Elektra. That’s right, she’s back! Much to the surprise of no one, Elektra has been resurrected by the Hand, and she doesn’t seem to have a problem with kicking Matt Murdock’s ass while he’s wearing Jessica’s scarf as a makeshift mask.
There is also an unexpected reference to one of the MCU’s top prisons, as well as a glimpse of Alexandra’s power; which actually manages to knock the Defenders off of their feet. There’s also the return of Stick, as well as Claire Temple, the woman who may bring the Defenders together. We’re hoping that Claire won’t be the one to get Phil Coulson-ed on this series. But if it somehow leads to a Night Nurse series on Netflix, we’d be okay with that!
What did you think about the first trailer for The Defenders? Let’s discuss in the comment section below!