Finally, Marvel’s street heroes come together. It’s a show we have all been waiting for since 2013 and it was… okay.
The Defenders is the fruition of 4 Netflix shows “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Dare Devil,” and “Iron Fist.” They’ve been building connections between the characters throughout all of their respective shows and finally brought them together. It’s action packed, features an original character never before seen in the comics named Alexandria as the villain, and having our four heroes interact is incredibly entertaining; but for some reason, it doesn’t feel like it’s everything it could have been.
The Defenders follows our four heroes brought together all investigating the shadow organization known as The Hand. Iron Fist was destined to fight them, Dare Devil had his girlfriend murdered by them, Luke Cage found out they were recruiting kids from Harlem for their crimes, and Jessica Jones was hired to discover what happened to a man who was being targetted by them. They are all brought together in an incredible fight scene where by chance they all end up at the same place at the same time while Iron Fist is being attacked by ninjas. The show fills up some plot holes left by Dare Devil season 2, it reaches the fruition of Iron Fists story and finally puts Jessica and Luke on the screen together after the events of Jessica Jones. Despite on paper seeming like it would be an incredible merging of stories it just felt forced.
If you are invested in these characters and watched the rest of the shows then you should definitely watch The Defenders. I’m not saying it’s bad, I’m saying its fine… just fine. It’s enjoyable and a good binge for a weekend but it’s not the kind of show that pulls you in and makes you question your world view like Jessica Jones or Luke Cage did. There’s no new perspectives or interesting societal idiosyncrasies. It’s just a neat show where heroes fight evil ninjas. If that’s all your looking for then you’ll love it. Just don’t go into it with high expectations.
I rate The Defenders 6/10. It’s good, but it’s not great.
Here’s the trailer!
What show should I watch for next week?