Set a few months after the events of the second season of Daredevil, and a month after the events of Iron Fist, the vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City to fight a common enemy: The Hand.
When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.
Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.
In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis.
Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.
"Marvel's The Defenders" follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.
As of this series, Captain America and Iron Man are the only Avengers referred to by name (Captain America in Daredevil (2015) season one, Tony Stark in season one of Luke Cage (2016)). All other references were rather subtle such as "an iron suit, or a magic hammer" said by Wesley in Daredevil, and "The big green dude and his crew" by both Luke and Jessica in Jessica Jones (2015). See more »
[All goofs for this title are spoilers.]
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The opening credits are a sequence of cityscapes of New York, with colored silhouettes of the Defenders (Daredevil in red, Jessica Jones in blue/purple, Luke Cage in yellow/orange and Iron Fist in green), following themes from previous shows. See more »
I remember being so hyped to the leadup of this show. As far as myself and others were concerned, this was an event that could be compared to the Avengers team up, but for TV. The night it released, I binged the majority of the season. Having watched all of it at once, I really loved the show. My hype was kept throughout, and I didn't really see any negatives because of the pace I watched it at. I saved the finale for the next day, and found it to be an excellent ending to the miniseries.
The Defenders, sees the team up of MCU Netflix characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. I enjoyed each of their solo shows, with Daredevil being my favorite, and was most excited for the interactions between the characters. In that regard, it didn't disappoint. Not one bit. The way that these characters squabble, you really feel that MCU wit, and comedic timing seep through. My personal favorite part was watching the interactions between Daredevil and Jessica Jones. They played off of each other extremely well. The other Defenders and the relationships between them were also the highlights of the series.
The acting was great, especially by the 4 main characters. Sigourney Weaver as the antagonist was an interesting choice, and I thought fleshing out the Hand was definitely interesting. She did a great job with what she was given. I only wish she had a bit more of a focus. That being said, I still love Elektra and the role she had in this season. Wish that The Punisher showed up and joined the team. The characters, all remain as great as they were in their own shows and manage to feel the same. The blending of these 4 characters and their worlds was something that is no small feat. I found it to be a success in that regard. In the first episode, using Red lighting for Daredevil scenes, purple for Jessica, green for Iron Fist and yellow for Luke Cage was something that only added to the atmosphere of the show. I loved it.
Looking at the series overall, it is very enjoyable. There are not many episodes, so it doesn't feel overlong. The story/plot is very good and holds your interest over the short span of episodes. Personally, I found the start of the series (the first 2 episodes), to be very slow, as they were utilized more to check in with each of the 4 main characters. It definitely picks up once the team unites at the headquarters though. The fight scenes, that one specifically, were so fun to watch. That being said, after rewatching the show again recently, I realize that it could've been a lot better. I still find it to be incredibly underrated though. Give this show a watch if you love Marvel. Personally I'd recommend watching Daredevil seasons 1 and 2 first. Maybe Iron Fist season 1 too. Otherwise, you can use this series as an introduction to the other 3 characters, and then go watch their shows from there.
My Rating: 8.75/10
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