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Superhero franchises are everywhere. And while the most critical and financial successful ventures in the genre are silver screen installments, there are some super successful television shows available as well- the best of which are produced over at Netflix. With Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage all impressing audiences, we just have Iron Fist left in order to assemble the full group. From there, The Defenders miniseries will bring all four characters together to fight Sigourney Weaver's mysterious villain and defend New York City. Anticipation for this event has never been higher, and fans are eager to find out how the four colorful characters will work together for the greater good. Now Daredevil himself, actor Charlie Cox, has revealed a common thread that will unite the motley crew.
In some ways paradoxically, these great powers are also our great shame. These characters are living with a shame and a loneliness and have felt kind of ostracized. I think they felt like freaks and have been misunderstood. And as sad as that sounds, there's also something quite beautiful about that. There's something quite human about that.
This makes a great deal of sense. What makes The Defenders so miraculous is also what makes them so solitary. Their powers isolate them from "normal" people, but now they'll finally interact with peers who understand both the burden and joy of being special.
While we've yet to meet Finn Jones' Iron Fist, we can certainly see how Luke, Daredevil, and Jessica live in a very solitary and lonely worlds. For Daredevil, much of his strife revolves around attempting to maintain his secret identity. Matt is attempting to live a normal life as a lawyer, but also spends his night breaking bones and fighting crime. Additionally, Daredevil is tempted by how much he loves causing pain, and struggles with maintaining his humanity.
For Jessica Jones, her powers are a cause for self-loathing. Because after being hypnotized by Kilgrave, she was forced to use her abilities and ended up killing an innocent woman. Jessica suffers from PTSD as well as alcoholism which further isolates her from others- the exception being Trish.
And then there's Luke Cage. Luke's powers were granted to him after a scientific experiment during his prison sentence, and Luke has been on the run and using a fake name since he became a superhero. Living under an alias obviously kept him lonely and ostracized, with just a handful of connections to speak of, including Jessica Jones and Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple.
We'll just have to wait and see how the heroes interact with each other and attempt to work as a team when The Defenders is release on Netflix. There is no concrete date to speak of yet, but it will be sometime in the summer 2017.