Netflix has hit pay dirt with its line-up of Marvel superhero series. And the big pay off is coming later this year when the miniseries The Defenders debuts sometime in 2017. We've previously seen all four Hell's Kitchen Avengers together thanks to a recent set report. Now, we have a look at Jessica Jones and Luke Cage as they reunite alone for the first time since they ended their steamy affair.
Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) are seen in these latest photos from Coming Soon, as shooting continues in the streets of New York. No concrete plot details have been announced yet. But Sigourney Weaver is confirmed to play the main villain, and is the reason these two, along with Iron Fist and Daredevil, all unite for a common cause. Charlie Cox and Finn Jones round out the impressive cast. Co-showrunner Marco Ramirez had this to say about how all these villains join together to form a merry band of vigilantes.
"Every one of them is following their own trail of bread crumbs, trying to unpack a mystery in New York. We wanted them all caught off guard. Once they're in that room together, it's kind of like, 'Oh, s-, who are you?'"
This miniseries is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the MCU's biggest movie, 2012's The Avengers, helping to inspire this small-screen extension sometimes referred to as the Hell's Kitchen Avengers. Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb revealed that the inspiration for The Defenders came in 2013 after he was watching The Avengers for the fifth time. He thought about creating a TV show focusing on "Marvel's lesser-known heroes who have long populated the streets of New York." Here's what Jeph Loeb had to say, teasing how this mini-series very well could end.
"The Defenders didn't have a 'D' on their belt buckles and a Defenders Tower. We agreed from the very beginning that these folks could at the very end go, 'I never want to see your face again.'"
The Defenders stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage and Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist. In addition, Elden Henson will be reprising as Foggy Nelson along with Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Eka Darville as Malcolm, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Scott Glenn as Stick, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Elodie Yung as Elektra, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple. It has been hinted that Jon Bernthal's The Punisher will return for the series as well, but that remains unconfirmed.
Marvel's Daredevil co-showrunner Marco Ramirez will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the series along with Drew Goddard, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Director S.J. Clarkson (Marvel's Jessica Jones, Dexter) will direct the first two episodes of the culminating mini-series event. The eight-episode series will premiere in 2017 along with Marvel's Iron Fist and Marvel's The Punisher.