IT’S here. It’s finally here.
The first full trailer for The Defenders has dropped and it is a marvel to behold. Pun absolutely intended.
Three months and two weeks away from the series’ release on Netflix, this is the most we’ve seen of what to expect from the eight-episode miniseries.
A teaser trailer released last month only gave us a tantalising taste — this is the closest we’ll get to the real deal until August 18.
Here’s what we’ve gleaned from the trailer:
Jessica Jones is still sticking her nose in it, ending up in handcuffs in front of Misty Knight. Misty slams folders full of Jessica’s police run-ins — of course she would have multiple files. She’s also clearly still her surly self, drinking hard and being rough with her targets.
We find out how Jessica and Matt meet. He turns up during her interrogation and tells her to shut up. Don’t know about you, but it’s a bit of a downgrade. Maybe Hogarth was busy that day?
Luke comes back to town after his stint in Seagate, driving past Pop’s barbershop on his way in. He and Claire are clearly still an item because you see the two of them sitting up in bed, wearing not much.
Luke says he wants to help people and Claire offers to introduce him to someone. Claire knows all of the Defenders so it could be any of the other three. But when they do meet, it’s not Claire that’s making the introductions. There’s a distinctly “who the hell are you” vibe and they engage in fisticuffs.
There’s something very satisfying about seeing Luke punch out Danny (who’s sporting a spiffy new haircut), who collapses in a heap. Danny then uses his glowy fist to make a dent in the bulletproof man. Danny and Luke are good mates, and business partners, in the comics so expect the two to share a lot of screen time, and get over their initially frosty encounter.
We get to see Sigourney Weaver as villain Alexandra — still no clues as to who her comic book counterpart may be. She is, though, clearly powerful and controls the cabal of Hand ninjas. And she’s also fond of making not-so-veiled threats in the middle of Chinese restaurants.
Daredevil’s secret identity might not be so secret in The Defenders because he’s constantly shown fighting without his mask on. Not once, but twice. Sloppy, Matthew. Sloppy.
Elektra is back from the dead. Which was obvious from the closing credits of Daredevil season two but here’s the confirmation. And it doesn’t look like she’s on our heroes’ side.
HALLWAY FIGHT! We know there’s nothing quite like a hallway fight in the Defenders universe. This is also probably the fight that immediately preceded the elevator ride in the teaser trailer, which put this scene in the Midland Circle building.
By the by, who’s that red figure stalking up the back? Cover your rearguard, people!