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– by David Kozlowski

Netflix and Marvel scored a massive coup when they signed legendary actor Sigourney Weaver as the villain Alexandra in The Defenders mini-series. Weaver defined action and sci-fi beginning with Alien in 1979, and starring roles in epic films like James Cameron’s Aliens, Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, and Avatar. Her career has touched so many major film franchises, it’s almost unbelievable to see her in this TV role.

Equally surprising, Marvel has kept a very tight lid on the plot and other key events occurring in The Defenders. In this day and age of social media, too-revealing-trailers, and smartphones in everyone’s hands, it’s amazing how little we still don’t know about this mini-series. Weaver’s Alexandra, in particular, is a major mystery; her character was created just for this show and does not have an obvious analog to any existing Marvel character. Given that most of the Defenders characters have decades of history, it’s a true joy to discover a new character, especially when it’s realized by an actor of Weaver’s stature.

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Today, Marvel cracked the door just slightly regarding Alexandra’s past. A short video clip appeared on Twitter, which reveals that one key Defender’s character has a past with Alexandra:

Scott Glenn’s Stick has appeared in both seasons of Netflix’s Daredevil series, and he’s been a constant wildcard and a major source of tension. He separately trained both Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) to fight The Hand as part of his Chaste army; he even arranged for Matt and Elektra to become romantically involved. Stick has been fighting The Hand for years, but his motivations have remained murky, at best.

Now we see that Alexandra and Stick have a past together. What that past represents and how it affects the outcome of The Defenders has yet to be determined. In this short clip it’s clear that Stick has failed and landed in Alexandra’s clutches… but as Stick has shown several times before, he isn’t necessarily a prisoner either.

It’s worth pausing for a moment to realize that we’re about to see Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage together on-screen in an epic Marvel team-up. The presence of such respected, high-caliber actors like Scott Glenn and Sigourney Weaver is more than we could have ever expected and speaks to how far we’ve come since Iron Man in 2008. I can’t wait until Friday!

How do you feel about Stick and Alexandra having a shared past in The Defenders? Let us know in the comments down below!

The Defenders hits Netflix on August 18, 2018.

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David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.