The Defenders Get Their Villain
Every year at New York Comic-Con, we get massive announcements daily for the duration of the event! One of the most anticipated upcoming shows in the Netflix lineup is their ongoing partnership with Marvel. This collaboration will culminate in The Defenders. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the upcoming Iron Fist series are wildly popular. They provide an alternate view of life in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
These homegrown, gritty, and sometimes reluctant heroes on the streets of New York City need a worthy villain. Up until now, there has been much speculation as to Wilson Fisk’s involvement. Finally, during the panel at NYCC 2016, Marvel boss Jeph Loeb made the announcement. The antagonist in The Defenders will be played by none other than the legendary Sigourney Weaver!
Marvel and Netflix have yet to announce who Weaver will be portraying, so keep an eye on Don’t Hate the Geek for further developments.
A True Geek Legend
Sigourney Weaver brings legitimate geek cred. She has starred in so many iconic films, notably as Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise. Her career has transcended decades, from her first lead role in 1979, to her 3 Academy Awards nominations, 3 BAFTA nominations (1 win), and 7 Golden Globes nominations (2 wins). This is certainly a perfect example of Netflix and Marvel using their weight to bring in established actors and actresses to complement the relatively fresh faces cast in The Defenders series.
The Extended MCU
As an extension of their Avengers-centric Cinematic Universe, Marvel partnered with Netflix to release a collection of shows taking place in Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem. Instead of the flashy and polished look of their cinematic counterparts, these heroes are darker, more violent, and sexier. In a move that follows the formula used in the The Avengers films, Marvel looks to repeat the success of their big screen movies. They are introducing key characters in individual offerings, before teaming them up in an ensemble ass-kicking extravaganza.
Charle Cox’s Daredevil kicked everything off in 2015. Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones followed the same year. Mike Colter’s Luke Cage, originally appearing in Jessica Jones, had his own series premiere in October 2016. That show subsequently broke Netflix. Finn Jones will star as Danny Rand in Iron Fist, scheduled to premier in March of 2017.
The Defenders is slated for release on Netflix, with no specific date set.