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Marvel's "The Defenders" Review

Marvel's "The Defenders" Review

It’s time to defend with Marvel and Netflix’s new, Avengers-like series The Defenders, now streaming on Netflix. The Defenders brings the characters from Marvel and Netflix’s previous shows as they come together to defeat the organization known as the Hand as they seek to destroy the city of New York.

I want to start by saying that I had the pleasure of seeing this incredible cast at this year's Comic Con, and it was everything I could have hoped for and more. Not only did the audience get more details about this new series, but fans were treated to a special viewing of the first episode. 

Marvel's "The Defenders" Review

Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox). Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones) have all appeared in their own series up to this point. Ritter arguably steals the show, while Cox and Colter both shine. Finn Jones finally delivers as Danny Rand and is written far better than he was in his own series. He’s finally confident in the use of his powers, and he's much more likeable as a result. 

The legendary Sigourney Weaver plays the wealthy and enigmatic leader of the Hand, Alexandra. Weaver is remarkable as the villain of the series, but the character was probably one of the weakest villains within the Netflix/Marvel universe. Alexandra relies more on threats and manipulating the newly-resurrected Elektra (Elodie Yung) to do her dirty work instead of getting her own hands dirty. It was so great to have Yung back as Elektra, but she's not the girl we last saw in season 2 of Daredevil.

Marvel's "The Defenders" Review

Defenders brings back favorite kick-ass woman, Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). It now makes sense why Dawson has been reliable presence throughout this universe: someone has to be the mutual friend that brings the gang together.

The pacing of this series is much-improved from the previous series Iron Fist. The episodes are shorter and the fight sequences are tighter––the point of The Defenders is to remind viewers that these heroes are here to stay, particularly Jessica Jones, whose show premiered almost two years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. The supporting cast is great but are used mostly for cameos/crossovers instead of moving the story forward. Make sure to stay tuned after the credits role because the post credit scene may or may not tease a certain Punisher.

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