On Monday, Marvel released a brief video that confirmed Daredevil's Deborah Ann Woll and Luke Cage's Simone Missick will return to play Karen Page and Misty Knight, respectively, on The Defenders. That was just the first in a wave of announcements, with a new video debuting yesterday that revealed Jessica Jones' Carrie-Anne Moss (Hogarth) and Eka Darville (Malcolm) will be back for The Defenders, along with Daredevil's Elden Henson (Foggy). Today we have yet another video that confirms Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple, Rachael Taylor's Trish Walker and Scott Glenn's Stick will also be back.
These Twitter videos don't include any footage, but each video has ended with the phrase "Those who surround us, define us." It seems that Marvel is rolling out its supporting cast, following the New York Comic Con panel last month that introduced Sigourney Weaver as the primary villain, although her character still hasn't been identified. That panel also marked the first time that The Defenders themselves, Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Iron Fist) and Finn Jones (Iron Fist) united for the first time.
Rosario Dawson's inclusion in The Defenders certainly isn't surprising, considering her character Claire Temple, a.k.a. Night Nurse, has been featured in all four Marvel Netflix shows thus far. Given Trish Walker and Stick's close associations to Jessica Jones and Daredevil, their return also doesn't come as a huge shock. Production is expected to begin by the end of this year, with the show expected to air at some point in late 2017.
Marvel and Netflix haven't confirmed a premiere date for The Defenders yet, but this series has been confirmed to come before new seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones. After The Defenders debuts at some point next year, fans will be treated to Daredevil Season 3, Jessica Jones Season 2 and The Punisher spin-off, which is currently in production. It hasn't been confirmed if The Punisher will be seen in The Defenders or not, but it's worth noting that recent set photos showed Karen Page having a conversation with Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle, so it's possible he could come aboard the series.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who previously served as Daredevil showrunners, have come aboard to serve as The Defenders showrunners. They will also serve as executive producers with Drew Goddard and Jeph Loeb. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix. Take a look at the new casting announcement videos for The Defenders.