One of the biggest and most difficult arcs to accomplish with a story as huge as The Defenders is to make the team come to fruition in an organic way. Joss Whedon magnificently did that very thing in 2012’s The Avengers and later this year, we’ll see if the TV side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe can pull off the same thing. And one of the questions surrounding that whole fiasco is how exactly would the team come to be given their (mostly) separate backgrounds. Well, Luke Cage himself gave an answer to that after being asked about the Defenders villain at the most important event in human history, the MTV Movie Awards, in a surprisingly revealing way.
The villains we’re dealing with are a combination of several entities and they all have to do with our separate stories that have been played out in each of our individual shows. So this is something that’s been going on for a while. It wasn’t obvious in each individual series’ but in this series, you will find out that things that have been happening to all of us are all because of one entity. That’s what’s going to tie things together and we’ll see that, we’ll understand that and before you know it… eventually we’ll fight together or not or we’ll do things a certain way. It’s very difficult when you all have such strong, passionate viewpoints to kind of reconcile and make sure everybody’s on the same page. It doesn’t work that way but we’ll do the best we can.
A few things about this quote. First, I love Mike Colter for giving nerds like me something to latch on and speculate even further. A lot of the quotes you get from the Netflix cast tend to be BS fluff so it’s nice to have actual information. Second, how revealing is this?! Notice how he said “a combination of several entities”? How he used villains with an S without singling out Sigourney Weaver? Why hasn’t he been murdered by the Marvel snipers?! Third, he pretty much confirms how the team will find themselves on the same path. Again, why is he still alive?! Is Mike indestructible Luke Cage in real life that Jeph Loeb can’t do shit about it?! Someone find Ja Rule to make sense of all this!!
But foreal, let’s dig into this a little bit starting with the “several entities” part. We’ve known for some time about the clandestine organization known as IGH. Initially introduced in Jessica Jones, IGH was the company solely responsible for the crazy pills Will Simpson/Nuke and Jacobim Mugatu were taking. But ever since Luke Cage got all mysterious about what group was responsible for the experiment on Carl Lucas, fans have been speculating that IGH may have had a hand (pun intended) in all of their origins stories. Even the chemicals that blinded Matt Murdock (originally thought to have a Rand logo on it back when Daredevil was just coming out) are being linked to this IGH. And when Sigourney’s role as Alexandra was revealed, people speculated that she was playing the head of IGH. Point is, Mike’s comments add a ton of credence to this theory which is why it’s such a big deal. Maybe the Hand does own IGH and has been experimenting on kids for the longest time in search of their Black Sky and Rand Enterprise funded them at one point.
Personally, I’m not too crazy over this theory and them putting emphasis on the origins of their powers. For one, I’ve always been adverse to the idea of making the power origins of our vigilantes come from one particular group of baddies. It makes the Marvel/Netflix world smaller than it already is (we need more separate individual evil organizations!!) and just defeats the magic of eventuality. I don’t need to delve deep into why those chemicals gave Matt and Jessica their powers. Though I will say that for the sake of streamlining the story, having IGH as a subsidiary of the Hand makes a lot of sense. Here’s to hoping it works. Being the suck that I am, I’ll probably eat up whatever the gist of Mike’s comments turn out to be.
What do you think of Mike’s comments? Think IGH is the group to tie them all together? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: TV Guide