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Though we're still waiting for Netflix to deliver the debut of Iron Fist, the fourth of its (currently) six Marvel Comics series, the anticipation train for the upcoming team-up miniseries The Defenders is in full force. And now that filming is happening and everything is moving forward, there are finally confirmations about the characters that will be popping up in the all-star adventure. Today brought the announcement that a trio of familiar faces will definitely make themselves known in The Defenders: Claire Temple, Trish Walker, and Stick. Feel free to cheer while watching the announcement video below.

Gotta love that core quote in the video. If the people you're surrounded by aren't up to snuff, then you're just going to look that much worse in comparison. That's usually some high school clique thinking, but it applies just as suitably to the world of superheroes, and the quartet of vigilantes at the center of The Defenders may finally be appreciated and celebrated by the public once they're seen as a team and not as singled-out ruffians. And it should help that they'll have so many of their allies with them, such as two of the three characters now confirmed to appear.

Rosario Dawson's return as Claire Temple was a total no-brainer, considering she's been a part of all four seasons that have aired in Netflix's Marvel Universe, with an equal number of Luke Cage and Daredevil episodes. Rachael Taylor was rumored to return for the role of Jessica Jones' best friend Trish Walker, and now that we know she'll be back for sure, we can start speculating on whether or not she's going to take on her Hellcat persona from the comics. And then there's Scott Glenn's Stick, whose involvement was first tipped off by the Defenders teaser that came out for Comic-Con. His place within the central narrative is something of a mystery at this point, though he obviously ties Daredevil and The Hand into whatever goes down.

Recently, it was confirmed that The Defenders would be bringing back Elden Henson's Foggy Nelson, who will likely show up with Carrie-Anne Moss' Jeri Hogarth (previously announced), as well as Simone Missick's standout Luke Cage lead Misty Knight and Eka Darville's strange Jessica Jones neighbor Malcolm Ducasse. But the most exciting casting news of all came when it was revealed the excellent Sigourney Weaver would be joining the MCU for the first time as The Defenders' main NYC-terrorizing villain, though her exact role is being kept under wraps for now. And there's a damned good chance even more big names will be announced in the future.

The Defenders doesn't yet have a release date locked down at Netflix, but it is set to debut at some point next year. To see what else the streaming service will bring to viewers in the future, check out our 2017 premiere schedule, and for a broader look at all the new shows coming to the new year, head to our midseason TV schedule.

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