Netflix has done an impressive job with bringing popular Marvel characters to the small screen. While we still have to wait for Luke Cage and Iron Fist to be released, fans are already drooling with anticipation over the Defenders miniseries. A TV version of The Avengers, Netflix and Marvel with assemble each of the four NYC heroes in order to fight for the greater good. One of the biggest questions surrounding The Defenders is which villain the heroes will be attempting to thwart. It's unlikely that any of the villains we've seen thus far will be formidable enough; it has to be someone seriously tough in order to be a match. Now we may know who that villain is.
ScreenGeek is reporting that the villain on the Defenders miniseries is none other that Marvel powerhouse Mephisto. Mephisto is essentially the devil of the Marvel Universe, who ruled over Hell or Hades with an iron fist. He resembles a typical devil character with red skin, pointed ears, horns, and a scary looking cape. Mephisto has a ton of superpowers at his disposal which include force blasts, astral projection, interdimensional portals, shape shifting, illusions, and can capture the souls of recently deceased people. He also doesn't need to sleep, eat, or age. Basically, he's a total badass that would give the ragtag scrappy Defenders a serious run for their money.
Of course, at this point the Mephisto rumors are just that, a rumor. Still, Mephisto does make sense for a few reasons.
To start, a devil villain would make a ton of sense, particularly with Matt Murdock's plot lines. Daredevil has always contained heavy themes of Catholicism and morality. Despite the hero's demonic appearance and his violent tendencies, Murdock is extremely devout and is often seen grappling with this juxtaposition during the events of the series. Plus, who doesn't want to see two devils duke it out?
Mephisto's powers of illusion and shape shifting will also resonate with Jessica Jones. As a survivor of Kilgrave's mind control, having her reality and and psyche messed with again will probably send the brawler into a rage. It would definitely be satisfying to see how Jessica Jones' past trauma affects future battles with villains. Additionally, Season 2 of Jessica Jones could potentially revolve around the combined affects of Kilgrave and Mephisto's powers, and how she'll potentially move on from having her mind invaded so many times.
Of course, only time will tell if Mephisto actually becomes the villain in The Defenders. We'll continue to update you on all things Netflix and Marvel as details become public.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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