It's been two years since Marvel and Netflix first partnered up to eventually bring fans the super-ensemble The Defenders, mashing together the four standalone heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. After months of casting news and teasers, The Defenders finally dropped its full-length trailer on future viewers, and not only does it feature all four vigilantes fighting together for the first time, it also features a bit of in-house squabbling that's sure to rock your jaws. Check it out!
Wasn't that as good as you were hoping? Sure, there are probably criticisms to be had, but we'll save those for some point after we're past the jubilation of finally getting our eyeballs on this thing. Things open on Simone Missick's standout Misty Knight cooly interrogating Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones, which gets interrupted by Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock, and I got weird, slightly nerdy goosebumps popping up all over.
The trailer has a ton of exciting moments, to be sure, and it culminates in the moment that fans have been amped to see since the Man Without Fear first decided to fearlessly whip the shit out of criminals: all four Netflix heroes fighting together at the same time. Granted, it's about 40 minutes too short, but it's still good enough to serve as a light coffee substitute. And as fun as it was to watch Mike Colter's altered Luke Cage put Finn Jones' Danny Rand on his non-iron ass, it was extremely cool to watch the younger hero deck the bejesus out of Luke's unbreakable face.
Thankfully, the trailer confirmed what The Defenders recently teased (in the form of Elektra's temporary tomb), and we'll indeed be seeing Elodie Yung's Elektra, hopefully with her eyes open and her fists swinging. And even though Sigourney Weaver's still mysterious villain doesn't get to do very much just yet, it was still pretty magical to see the iconic actress adding stoicism to this comic book universe. As well as everything else that we didn't already mention. Why isn't this show out already?
The Defenders will pummel your brain cells when all eight episodes become available to stream on Netflix on Friday, August 18, at 12:01 a.m. PT. Head to our Netflix schedule to see what else is coming in 2017, and then check out our summer TV schedule to see what the rest of TV will look like in the coming months.