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‘The Defenders’: What That Shocking Finale Means For ‘Daredevil’ Season 3

Though Netflix seems to excel at everything it does these days, the streaming giant’s Marvel series have stood out among the rest. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have all led to team-up miniseries, The Defenders all eight episodes of which landed online on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

The solid offering wasn’t a major crowd pleaser, but most who loved the solo series were on board for this short journey. Here’s what happened in The Defenders and how it affects the future of the Marvel-Netflix universe.

It was a slow, but solid build

Krysten Ritter, Finn Jones, Charlie Cox, and Mike Coulter in The Defenders standing together in an elevator

Krysten Ritter, Finn Jones, Charlie Cox, and Mike Coulter in The Defenders standing together in an elevator Marvel’s The Defenders | Netflix

The first few episodes featured our central characters learning on their own about the Hand and the incoming threat that the global criminal organization (which we first learned about in Daredevil Season 2) poses. While some critics were disappointed by this, it was a logical buildup for these four independent heroes.

Quite a few Easter eggs along the way made this more fun for those in the know. The Jessica Jones storyline was lifted almost directly from Alias. And the signature colors for each Defender (as well as white for Alexandra Reid) were made obvious, allowing for early recognition of who each scene belonged to and making for more fluid transitions.

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