Yesterday, we were treated to the first big news surrounding the Defenders since the teaser trailer dropped last July when a slew of promotional images hit the internet thanks to Entertainment Weekly. Seeing the team finally assembled together has definitely gotten us more excited for the show’s summer release. It’s almost like getting a flashback to the first time we saw the Avengers assemble back in 2012. Seeing your favorite characters from separate franchises, or shows, in this case, brought together is something we doubt will get old anytime soon. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s photos, showrunner Marco Ramirez recently sat down to give us some insight into the making of the first Netflix joint venture, and just how involved a process it was. When asked about the challenge of uniting four heroes from four separate shows, Ramirez cited his experience on the second season of Daredevil as a good exercise in juggling multiple characters within the scope of a single show.
“Daredevil season 2 was an interesting audition for The Defenders in a way, in retrospect, because we dealt with three major characters [Daredevil, Elektra, and the Punisher]. I’d gone through the motions of figuring out how to cross those streams and mix the tones of each of those worlds.”
Still, it’s a daunting task to bring all of these characters together, one that can’t be done alone. Just like the Defenders themselves, Ramirez needed a team behind him to successfully bring these characters together, and to keep them true to form. All four individual shows vary in style and tone, so creating a world in which these heroes could come together and stay true to their roots isn’t something that Ramirez wanted to do alone. Luckily for him, there was a lot of collaboration between the various showrunners to make it possible.
“Well luckily, Marvel has a compound [laughs] so we’re all in the same building. Like, and this happened very early on, if I wanted to go over and ask Cheo questions, I would just go over and ask Cheo questions about Luke Cage’s world. “
“All I wanted to do was honor the hard work they’d already done, so yeah, we were always in conversation with Cheo and Scott and Melissa, and they would read our scripts.”
We know that the Defenders wouldn’t unite without the coming of a significant threat, and it looks like they’re getting one. Yesterday we also saw our first look at Sigourney Weaver‘s villain Alexandra, but other than that, no details surrounding the villains of the show have been confirmed. From the teaser trailer released last summer, it definitely looks as if the Hand will play a significant role in the threat against New York, but when specifically asked about the Hand’s involvement in the show, Ramirez was tight-lipped about the subject.
“This should feel like a continuation of all the shows. Not that I’m trying to be cagey, but yeah, we will feel like this is the next step for all four of the shows… This will be a serialized story that feels like it is about one kind of contained event and story in our world. It’ll be one satisfying, self-contained piece.”
While this doesn’t give us any concrete details about the villains of the show, he was able to offer a brief description of what we can expect to see from the big bads in terms of scale, however.
“I can’t describe too much, but I can say that we knew it had to be something big. We knew it would take something massive to pull these four characters from their individual worlds to work together, but also small enough that it felt like it existed in our world. It needed to be a crisis that brought these people together, but it still needed to be a very street-level crisis. That’s the world we’re dealing with, so it couldn’t be anything too sci-fi or too supernatural or big. That’s the stuff of the movies.”
From these comments, it looks as if Ramirez is keeping the Netflix crossover true to scale. These are street-level heroes, so it makes sense to have a street-level threat, but one big enough to warrant four heroes rising up to stop it. Going back to the similarities between the Avengers, one of the biggest questions some fans may have is whether or not we can expect to see our heroes duke it out before they unite against their common enemy. Who wouldn’t want to see Luke Cage take on Jessica Jones in a knock down drag out brawl? Or who wouldn’t like to see who would win in a fight between Daredevil and Iron Fist? It’s a classic page from the superhero team-up playbook, one that has been explored in both Avengers films. When directly asked if we can expect to see the Defenders face off against each other, Ramirez had this to say:
“I can’t answer that. I can say that they are all super strong-willed. These are four wild animals who will not be tamed easily… We never lose sight of their differences, even when they’re fighting on the same side.”
Even though he’s trying to be coy about the subject, Ramirez’s comments seem to definitely point towards some conflict among the team members, and if that does, in fact, end up happening, it could be one of the highlights of the show.
What are you most excited for in the Defenders? Who do you think would win in a head-to-head match between the heroes? Let us know in the comments!