Once, long ago, fans looked at what is happening in the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and had a very scary thought. Matt Murdock, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones are all very independent characters. For The Defenders to work, there will have to be an extremely compelling reason for them to all hang out with Danny Rand (who is rather independent, but not as fiercely so as the other three). With all of the speculation of what could bring The Defenders together we started to quietly whisper “What if it’s Claire’s death?”

The idea isn’t so outlandish, considering Marvel used this very plot tactic to bring together similarly independent characters in The Avengers. While Marvel found a magical way to bring Phil Coulson back to life, it took his death to bring everybody together (and we don’t have any reason to believe that any of them have been informed of his resurrection). With Rosario Dawson‘s Claire Temple being the only character that has made appearances in all four of the stand-alone series, we couldn’t help but be nervous that things are building up to her demise.

Today, we can all breath a sigh of relief, as Dawson was seen alive and well on the set of Luke Cage season two. Unless Marvel decides to have more flashbacks of Luke’s deceased lovers, the sight of her and Mike Colter‘s titular character seems like plenty of confirmation that the versatile nurse will live to see more banged up vigilantes.

Speaking of banging, it looks like Luke and Claire will continue to be an item. The heat between the two characters practically radiates from this pictures.

Of course, for those true believers in the romance of Luke Cage from the comics, this pairing is a hundreds shades of wrong, as Cage’s end-game is the boozy private investigator down the road. For those fans, keep in mind that these pictures are only from the first week of filming. If you truly aren’t

comforted by the sight of Luke and Claire together (you monster) relax in knowing that there is plenty of time in the second season for the pair to move on in their lives, whatever direction that may be.

How excited are you to see Claire return, front and center, in the second season of Luke Cage? Do you think Jessica and Luke have a chance in the MCU? Let us know in the comments!

Source: MCU Filming