'The Defenders' Debuts at Comic-Con With a Martial Arts Filled Trailer

Saturday, 22 July 2017 - 1:04PM
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Saturday, 22 July 2017 - 1:04PM
'The Defenders' Debuts at Comic-Con With a Martial Arts Filled Trailer
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There were some things we'd already guessed about Marvel's upcoming Netflix miniseries The Defenders. Namely, that the four heroes would be cracking snarky comments the whole time, and that Sigourney Weaver's villain would be terrifying.

And the newest trailer from The Defenders panel at San Diego Comic-Con confirms all of that. Alongside the surprise debut of the entire first episode of the show (which is not available to the public), a full-length trailer followed soon after and we can show you that one. It's everything you're likely expecting, assuming you've seen some combination of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist - the new miniseries sends them up against a crime lord named Alexandra (Weaver) and her resurrected new protégé, Elektra (Elodie Yung).



While it lacks the first trailer's heavy use of "Come As You Are" by Nirvana, it does include a lot more of Elektra, who now has a Matrix-style coat that she gets to flip around while she's killing ninjas and fighting against Matt Murdock, who's very confused about how she's returned following her death in Daredevil. We also get to see more of what Alexandra's up to - according to Weaver's comments at the panel, Alexandra is apparently suffering from some fatal disease, and has some last-minute plans she intends to see through.

Beyond those two villains and plenty of Hand members leaping around, the supporting cast seems enormous, drawing in characters from all four heroes' separate shows; you'll probably be alright if you missed one or two of those shows, but they're definitely drawing from plot lines established within them. Everybody shows up here from Daredevil's Foggy, Karen and Scott Glen's Stick, Jessica Jones' Trish, Luke Cage's Misty Knight, and Iron Fist's Colleen Wing. And, of course, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple because she's friends with all of them.

The whole things looks great, so far. If The Defenders turns out to be the foul-mouthed martial arts fest that this trailer makes it out to be, this could be one of Marvel's most exciting projects yet. We'll see next month.



Some other Marvel/Netflix announcements as well: Iron Fist has officially been renewed for a second season, which may disappoint some who felt that more deserving shows like the cancelled Sense8 should've been renewed instead - but Iron Fist is part of the MCU, which makes it rather safe here. Hopefully the second season will improve on a pretty lackluster premiere.

And while it's not available to the public yet, new footage from Netflix's upcoming The Punisher appeared as well, surprising nobody with how violent it all was. According to those in attendance, it starts with Frank Castle teaching his daughter to play guitar (a flashback, in case you weren't sure), before jumping past her death to present day, where Castle snipes a cartel boss in El Paso before strangling another criminal with his own necktie - the criminal asks if killing him will bring Castle any closure, and Castle replies "no" before killing him anyway, as always.
 
The Defenders comes out August 18, 2017 on Netflix.
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