Defenders

The streetwise heroes of New York finally meet in the trailer for The Defenders, the miniseries that every Marvel-Netflix series has been building up to since Season 1 of Daredevil dropped in 2015.

Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand (Finn Jones), meet in a clash of fists and personalities, brought together by nurse Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) and Stick (Scott Glenn) to defend New York against The Hand and a mysterious villain played by Sigourney Weaver.

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The Defenders details / Trish Walker and Jessica Jones

After literally years of hype, Netflix has finally started pulling back the curtains on The Defenders, the crossover series that brings together Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). Last week we got our first official look at the heroes all together and our first glimpse of Sigourney Weaver‘s villain; today we have still more new photos plus a whole bunch of new details about the characters, their relationships to one another, and how The Defenders will tie them all together.  Read More »

The Defenders - Misty Knight (Simone Missick) and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter)

As we’ve already established, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist aren’t exactly team player types. It’d probably take a monumental threat to bring the four of them together for The Defenders, and over the summer we learned the face of that threat would be Sigourney Weaver. Since then, details about her mysterious The Defenders villain character have been kept under very tight wraps. But today brings our first look at Weaver in character, along with a few new details about her — including her name.

See the first The Defenders Sigourney Weaver photo below, plus a whole bunch of new images featuring the various Defenders in different configurations. (My favorite of those new photos is the one highlighted above.) Read More »

The Defenders first look

First announced over three years ago, Marvel’s The Defenders is finally coming to Netflix this summer. And we’ve got the first look to prove it. A new promo image brings together Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) for the very first time in their beloved hometown of New York City.

Along with that photo, we’ve also got new quotes from showrunner Marco Ramirez about how exactly it is the Defenders come to join forces, and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb on what makes the Defenders different from certain other superhero teams (like the one headquartered just across town at Stark Tower). Check it out below.
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Luke Cage Season 2

The end of September brought the debut of Luke Cage, Netflix’s latest TV series from Marvel Studios, the third of an entire line-up of shows leading up to the assembly of the street-level superhero team known as The Defenders. Now it appears both Marvel and Netflix were satisfied with the reception of the show, because Luke Cage season 2 has just been officially announced by Marvel Studios with a little teaser video that you can watch below. Read More »

luke-cage-spoiler-review

The short version: I mostly enjoyed Marvel’s new Luke Cage series very much.

But chances are strong that you’ve already binge-watched Marvel’s latest Netflix series, the follow-up to Daredevil and Jessica Jones and you don’t want the short version. You may be looking for a deeper dive into spoiler territory, a place to pick apart what works about this show and what doesn’t. So let’s take a closer look.

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Luke Cage trailer

Here’s hoping you had the foresight to clear your calendar for this weekend, because in case you’ve forgotten, we’re just a few days away from the highly anticipated premiere of Luke Cage. And if you really did forget, Netflix has one more Luke Cage trailer here today to remind you.

Following the events of Jessica Jones, Luke heads uptown to hide out in Harlem… only to find himself battling a whole new bunch of baddies, like crime boss Cornell Stokes (Mahershala Ali) and politician Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard). Fortunately, he has some new friends, too, including Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), who first crossed paths with Luke in Jessica Jones, and Misty Knight (Simone Missick). Oh, and Method Man. Turns out the rapper’s a big fan, in the most endearing scene from the Luke Cage trailer. Check out the latest Luke Cage trailer below.  Read More »

Luke Cage featurette

We’ve already met Netflix’s next leading Marvel hero, thanks to Mike Colter‘s recurring role on Jessica Jones season one. We’re familiar with his powers and his personality, as well as the broad strokes of his backstory. But as we approach the much-anticipated premiere of the Luke Cage solo series, Netflix thinks there are a few more things we ought to know. A new Luke Cage featurette gets us up to speed on the man with unbreakable skin — what he’s been up to since we last saw him, and where he’s headed next in his own show.  Read More »

Luke Cage clip

It’s September, which means that our focus should be drifting away from comic book superheroes and toward the film festival circuit, where the movies we’ll be talking about for the next four or five months will be making their debuts and building their buzz. And while our own Angie Han is currently at the Toronto International Film Festival to bring you reviews of new films from the world’s most exciting and eclectic filmmakers, Netflix is doing an excellent job of diverting our attention from the arthouse to the streets of Harlem in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Yes, a new Luke Cage clip is here and yes, this show still looks really, really good.

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Luke Cage

Much has been made of Luke Cage‘s hip-hop influences. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has talked up the “musicality” of the series, comparing the 13 episodes of season one to tracks on an album and promising big-name guest stars from Faith Evans to Charles Bradley. So ahead of the series’ fall debut, Netflix has released a Luke Cage featurette that digs into this particularly unusual element of their next Marvel show.

Coker and his star Mike Colter make appearances as talking heads, of course, and they’re joined by Method Man and A$AP Ferg and Luke Cage music supervisors Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Watch the Luke Cage music featurette below.  Read More »