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– by Nick Doll

The Defenders drops on Netflix this Friday! Are you ready?

As I’ve been explaining it to anyone who has not watched Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, or Iron Fist, The Defenders is Marvel taking their Avengers formula and applying it to the Netflix series format, only with a much darker tone. Just as with The Avengers, we’ve had solo series of each of these characters who will now come together to form an unlikely “team,” that no one, but Iron Fist / Danny Rand, wants to belong to. As is with The Avengers, the Defenders will face a foe unlike they have ever faced before. Between this and having to play nice with others, will our heroes evolve in their own series, changed by what they have seen in their big team-up spectacular?

Playboy conducted an interview with The Defenders showrunnner Marco Ramirez, and actors Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and Finn Jones (Iron Fist). They discussed the series and how their characters will change moving forward. Ramirez explained why the filmmakers wanted to explore the change our heroes will experience in the eight episode series:

“None of us wanted to do the procedural version where they’ll go back into their own shows completely unchanged. The events of Defenders will affect each of them.”

Just think back to Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Tony Stark was traumatized by the events in The Avengers, Thor was further humanized, and Captain America was made even more wary of organizations like The World Security Council and S.H.I.E.L.D. Ramirez added:

“It just really felt like in order to honor the individual character arcs of each of the shows, we needed them to realize this was the next big chapter of their lives, individually.”

We’ve previously reported at Danny Rand has the most growth to experience, as unlike the other heroes, he must change from a stubborn boy into a true hero. Jones had this to add on the subject:

“Danny’s very reckless in his behavior. He’s just punching things, throwing his cash around. He comes into someone like Luke Cage, who is the complete opposite, and Luke’s just like, ‘Whoa, kid. If we’re going to work together, you need to really realize a few things.’”

As much as a role model as Luke Cage may be for Danny, Colter says that Luke Cage too is not immune to change:

“The first four episodes serve to get him out of that world, and out of the mentality of looking over your shoulder, and worrying about your past. I think we will see a new Luke because of it.”

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Well, I couldn’t be any more excited for The Defenders. I have my next weekend all planned out! I do hope the showrunners of all these shows have a plan in place in addition to just character growth. Most the Marvel Cinematic Universe films have done a decent job of explaining why the other Avengers don’t come knocking every time one of them encounters a threat, and hopefully future seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist can pull off the same feat, even though these street-level heroes all live in much closer proximity to each other.

What do you think about what Ramirez, Colter, and Jones have to say about character growth in The Defenders? Are you as excited as I am? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: Playboy