Marvel’s The Defenders brings the four Netflix superhero characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist together to defend New York City against the evil ninja cult known as The Hand. It stars Eka Darville, Elden Henson, Jessica Henwick, Simone Missick, Ramón Rodríguez, Rachael Taylor, Deborah Ann Woll, Élodie Yung, Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn, Sigourney Weaver, Wai Ching Ho, and others.
Matt Murdock has given up being Daredevil and has begun taking pro-bono legal cases as his friends try to help him. Jessica Jones is refusing new investigations following her encounter with Killgrave. Luke Cage returns to Harlem after being released from prison and reunites with Claire. Danny and Colleen are hunting down the Hand, but are constantly running into dead ends.
Before long, the four are united through a series of bizarre circumstances. Though hesitant at first, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage ally to stop the Hand from unlocking a mystical door to unleash a force so dark, it could consume the city. Unfortunately, personal problems each one of them as they bicker over how to proceed. Soon, they are forced to unite to stop the Hand.
The series does a great job of bringing together the “street level” heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They make references to The Avengers, but in very subtle ways. I appreciated the originality that this tie-in miniseries brought to the Netflix branch of the shows. The headline actors all did a fantastic job in their roles and were believable in each of their character’s arcs.
There was an annoying scene which shows Cage and Danny Rand have an argument where the former gets his SJW hat on and accuses Rand of the imaginary white privilege simply for the Kung Fu master trying to question a kid who was, you guessed it, committing a crime. Leftism ruins everything, including this scene. Fortunately, not the series. I did some eye-rolling, but that was it.
My main complaint is that it took three episodes for them to finally unite. It seemed unnecessary as they spent the first episode telling us where each characters was and the second bringing them all to find The Hand, since they did not exist in Luke Cage or Jessica Jones. However, it did not ruin the series for me. It was engaging, entertaining, and a definite turnabout from the more lighthearted and science fiction focused Agents of SHIELD, of which I am a huge fan.
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