It doesn't get much cooler than this. The Defenders has officially wrapped. And to help celebrate, artist Joe Quesada, who also happens to hold the position of Marvel TV producer, created a special poster for his cast and crew that features the four Hell's Kitchen Avengers alongside their main advisory in this unique Marvel miniseries that brings all of the Netflix heroes together under one roof. Says Joe Quesada about the poster.
"Here's a quick piece I did (sans logo and text) as a cast and crew gift for the Defenders team. This show is going to blow you away!"
Quesada originally wanted the poster to be specifically for the cast and crew. But alas, someone working Craft Services at the wrap party snapped a pic and leaked the image to Instagram. It was quickly removed, but now Joe has decided to share the fun comic-inspired one-sheet with everyone on Twitter.
Quesada is Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer. And as such, he failed to clear up some confusion surrounding this image that he hand-crafted. Even in HQ, fans are having trouble deciding if that woman in the bottom right of the poster is actually Jessica Henwick's character Colleen Wing, or if it's Elodie Yung's Elektra. Perhaps Joe will chime in on this later.
The Defenders debuts at midnight starting August 18, 2017. With all 8 episodes streaming on Netflix. A proper trailer has yet to arrive, but a few weeks ago we did get a cool black and white teaser. Titled 'Midland Circle Security Elevator B', it showed all four of our heroes riding in a freight elevator to destinations unknown. Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones are united for the first time. And the quick video ends with Jones smashing the camera, which goes out right at 08:18:20:17.
That security camera footage matched up with a scene previously teased, which finds these heroes, who aren't yet quite familiar with each other, arriving at Midland Circle of their own volition, not expecting to find the others there. This leads to what has become known as the signature 'hallway' battle that has been a running motif throughout each individual series. Only this one promises to be the biggest, grandest hallway fight scene filmed yet.
The Defenders cast includes the Netflix all-stars. Charlie Cox returns as Matt Murdock/Daredevil alongside Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage and Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist. Also appearing from the various series are Elden Henson, who 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.
Jon Bernthal's Punisher is also expected to stop by for at least one episode, even though he was busy shooting his own standalone series for Netflix as The Defenders was in production. Sigourney Weaver is playing the main villain, a character called Alexandra, whom you can see front and center on this new poster.
Marvel's Daredevil co-showrunner Marco Ramirez is serving as showrunner and executive producer for the series alongside Drew Goddard, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Director S.J. Clarkson (Marvel's Jessica Jones, Dexter) directs the first two episodes of the mini-series event. You can take a look at the cool new poster here.