The Defenders: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, Story Details, and More News

Here’s everything we know so far about Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix.


Mike Cecchini
Joseph Baxter

Aug 4, 2017

Marvel’s master plan for teaming Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist (plus some members of their supporting casts) in The Defenders Netflix series is well underway, and we’ll see it later this year. The Defenders showrunners are Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez (Daredevil Season 2), with Drew Goddard (Daredevil Season 1, The MartianLost) returning as executive producer. Marvel’s The Defenders Netflix series will consist of eight episodes (the usual count for their assorted solo series if 13).

We recently had a behind the scenes look at the show with the stars and showrunner. You can read the full article here. 

Here’s everything else we know about the show:

The Defenders Release Date

Video of Midland Circle Security Elevator B

A security footage-style teaser video revealed that The Defenders will premiere on August 18, 2017.

The Defenders Trailer

Here’s the first trailer…

Video of Marvel’s The Defenders | Official Trailer | Netflix [HD]

Huge points for appropriate use of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are.”

We did a full breakdown and analysis of the trailer, which you can read by clicking here.

And here’s the latest trailer…

Video of Marvel’s The Defenders | Official Trailer 2 [HD] | Netflix

And some clips…

Netflix released promo starring Stan Lee himself that doubles as a kind of spiritual recap of the Marvel Netflix series thus far and a preview of The Defenders. Besides Stan Lee’s narration, the most notable aspect of this preview may be The Punisher’s appearance towards the end of the clip. Could this be a hint that he will appear in The Defenders

Read and download the full Den of Geek SDCC Special Edition magazine here!

The Defenders Story

It’s not much, but it’s all we’ve got…

Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

And how about this cool poster from Joe Quesada?

The Defenders Cast

Charlie Cox will return as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, as will Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Finn Jones as Iron Fist, and Mike Colter as Luke Cage. Don’t be surprised if some other characters we meet along the way join the party, like Jon Bernthal’s Punisher. Expect supporting cast from each of their shows to at least make appearances, and that will likely include Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson.

“We’re incredibly excited to be able to bring our four street level heroes together in an epic tale woven by Doug and Marco whose work on Marvel’s Daredevil speaks for itself,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb in a statement when the showrunners were announced in April 2016. “They write and produce not only great action and adventure, but also the heart and touch of humor that’s makes us Marvel. With the inclusion of Drew Goddard, we’ve got a team that’s as formidable as the Defenders themselves.”

“This is the big one. Four amazing casts, four amazing series, now all in one amazing story,” added showrunners and Executive Producers Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to deliver the show that both we and the fans have been waiting for.”

The first hero who isn’t yet a headliner to be confirmed for the series is none other than Simone Missick’s Misty Knight. “I believe I’m safe to say that I will be on The Defenders,” Simone Missick told The Wrap.

Misty is a huge highlight of Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix series, so having her in The Defenders should be treat.

Elodie Yung will appear as Elektra. This show gets better by the day.

Jessica Henwick, who first appeared in Iron Fist, will reprise her role as Colleen Wing in the upcoming Defenders team-up series. Here’s a brief snippet of Henwick kicking butt:

Supporting characters from other Netflix shows like Luke CageJessica Jones, and Daredevil like Elden Hensen’s Foggy Nelson, Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page, Scott Glenn’s Stick, Simone Missick’s Misty Knight, and other will be part of the series.

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The Defenders Villain

Sigourney Weaver was announced as the antagonist to deafening applause on the NYCC Main Stage back in October. Since then details have been scarce.

Ms. Weaver spoke to a little about what to expect.

“It has a wonderful cast, and we’re doing it right here in New York, which means a lot to me…Basically the four heroes come up against this really nice woman, who I’m playing…It’s been a blast and I really love my character. I love the shows, too, which I wasn’t familiar with before doing this. A real love letter to New York. To me they’re not superheroes; they’re people with a gift. It’s just a different scale, and I’m really enjoying the scale of it. The apocalyptic thing is a little harder for me to understand.”

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