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– by David Kozlowski

With all of the excitement about Marvel and Netflix‘s upcoming The Defendersmini-series, one thing that hasn’t really been explained (so far) is who the team will be fighting. We know that legendary actor Signourney Weaver will play Alexandra Reid, a character created exclusively for this series, and not based on an existing Marvel character (as far as we know, at present). The recent trailer also revealed that Daredevil’s former lover and vigilante partner, Elektra, has returned and engages him hand-to-sword, during one key fight sequence.

With just over three months until the debut of The Defenders, it’s about time we started getting a little more information about Elektra, Reid, The Hand, and whomever else is in the mix as antagonists.



TV Guide caught-up with Luke Cage himself, actor Mike Colter, at the MTV Movie and TV Awards. Colter shared some extremely interesting insights about the enemies and situations the team will face in the upcoming Netflix series:

“The villains that we’re dealing with are a combination of several entities. They all have something to do with our separate stories that have been played out in each of our own individual series.”

That is a huge reveal! Essentially, Colter implies that any villain or group from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, or Iron Fist are in-play. Whether or not we’ll see Kingpin, Madame Gao, Shades, or Nuke is up for debate (don’t trust what you see or read on the Web, Marvel is known for keeping their biggest secrets under wraps).

Colter provides some additional intel:

“This has been going on for awhile. It wasn’t obvious in each individual series, but you’ll find out that things that have happened to us… basically were all because of one entity. That’s what’s going to, kind of, tie things together.”

Essentially, everything we’ve seen in each of the aforementioned series is tied together in some way. Whether these are circumstantial relationships or a more direct links to Reid and Elektra remains to be seen. There’s also still the open question regarding whether or not The Punisher will make an appearance in The Defenders too.

Colter concludes with a few thoughts on the general team dynamics:

“Before you know it, eventually, we’ll fight together… or not. We’ll do things in a certain way… it’s very difficult when you all have such strong, passionate viewpoints to reconcile and make sure everyone’s on the same page.”

While the plot of The Defenders is still up-in-the-air, it’s apparent that the team is pulled together based on events in each of their own series, and it takes a while for the team to gel. I know that this all sounds cliché, and maybe it is, but this is starting to sound like a classic Magnificant Seven scenario, and we at LRM are beyond excited to see how it comes together!

Who do you think is behind the War for New York and opposes The Defenders? Let us know in the comments down below!

The Defenders hits Netflix on August 18, 2017.

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SOURCE: TV Guide

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.