After two and a half years of build up, The Defenders have finally arrived on Netflix. Even since the groundbreaking first season of Daredevil, fans have been clamoring for as many Marvel series as they can get. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist all followed with their own series before coming together in this crossover. With a lot of hype surrounding the show, can The Defenders live up to it?
The Defenders starts with each of the heroes doing their own thing to help set the tone rather than jumping into them meeting one another straight away. This also helps build the basis of the story as each character focuses on different aspects of the same problem on their journey towards one another.
The Defenders is full of epic moments. The way the characters meet and come together are great. The ending of episode 3 ,”Worst Behaviour”, when all The Defendes finally come together to fight members of The Hand can only be described as awesome. Episode 4, “Royal Dragon”, is the episode everyone was looking for in The Defenders. While little action takes place, this episode is based on the heroes interacting with one another which is always the best part of a crossover.
The action as always when it comes to these Marvel/Netflix shows is great and nicely choreographed. The story is good and fits in perfectly with the style of the show as well as build off what was established in season 2 of Daredevil and season 1 of Iron Fist. Sigourney Weaver plays the main villian in this and while her performance is good, the way she is used doesn’t fully sit right with me. In fact, there are quite a few times where screentime will be given to the villains and it will just take the momentum out of the story as they talk among themselves about the same problem over and over again.
Charlie Cox is a stand out as always as Daredevil. Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and yes, even Finn Jones (Although I swear I’m the only one that actually likes him), all give good performances. A lot of The Defenders success was always gonna be based on the chemistry between its four leads. Now this might just be my inner Marvel fan boy speaking but the chemistry between all four heroes is perfect and exactly what the show needs.
What also impressed me about The Defenders was that it wasn’t just about “The Defenders”. It ties in all aspects of all the shows, including things such as side characters and locations. They’ve spent years building these series, they might as well use what they’ve created.
The Defenders gave me everything I wanted from it. It was fun, dramatic and full of awesome moments years in the making. It didn’t have to change its method to suit the crossover, everything seemed to gel perfectly and it felt true to what Marvel set out to do back in 2015. The Defenders finishes with all the heroes back on their own paths, no doubt setting up the next seasons of each solo series. It’s been reported that there may not be a second season of The Defenders but I’m sure this isn’t the last time these heroes will meet.