Marvel has done an amazing job of really testing the boundaries of their properties. Just when it seemed like theyâ€™d be playing it safe for all of them â€” going more for PG-13 than anything else â€” they expanded to Netflix, which gave them the ability to go a bit more mature. On the streaming service, we see more violence and sex than ever would have been possible on the big screen. However, even among these shows, which all exist in the same world â€” there are a myriad of differences that set them apart.
Daredevil is a gritty, grounded action-fest; Jessica Jones is more of a psychological thriller mixed in with a detective story; Luke Cage is a hip-hop western; and Iron Fist mixes boardroom and family power struggles with martial arts. These shows take place close to one another, but they donâ€™t feel anything alike. This made us wonder just what we could expect going forward for the upcoming Defenders limited series. Would The Defenders be something wholly unique, or would it attempt hijack the styles of one of the existing shows?
While speaking at Denver Comic Con, one of the stars Mike Colter gave us a hint as to what to expect. He called The Defenders a â€œSummer mash-up of all four of us,â€ one that has a â€œcertain lightnessâ€ to it, and one that’s fun and funny.. Furthermore, he said that the show was very much like a â€œsummer popcorn thing.â€
This approach definitely makes sense. While a part of what weâ€™ve loved about these shows lies in the character growth and the time allowed to really understand who these heroes are at heart, the reality is with four heroes at the forefront for The Defenders, and five less episodes to work with than each other episode of TV on the streaming service, most of the series will likely be plot-driven. Of course, there will also be a focus on their interactions, but when all said and done, it likely wonâ€™t delve into any truly deep territory, as there simply isn’t enough time.
While a bit disappointing on some level, we love that seem to be focusing on the spectacle. At the end of the day, seeing these four on screen together is a spectacle, and the show wouldnâ€™t be any fun if they didnâ€™t at least take advantage. That being said, on the opposite side, it’s hard not to be a bit worried. While The Avengers took this idea and successfully ran with it, I don’t think The CW’s crossover series worked this past season. You really have to find a balance between fun and toothless. At the end of the day, the CW’s own crossover suffered from being shallow.
What do you think of these comments from Colter? Do they get you more or less excited for the show going forward. Let us know your thoughts down below!
The Defenders hits Netflix on August 18, 2018.