The Marvel/Netflix universe has subtly connected itself to the larger MCU but has confidently stood on its own two feet since debuting the first season of Daredevil back in 2015. Each Netflix series has also prided itself on having its own aesthetic and storytelling identity. Daredevil was very dark and gritty which was a huge step in a different direction from the larger Marvel Universe. Jessica Jones had a very noir vibe while Luke Cage set itself apart with its musical under tone and Iron Fist… well, I think some of us are still trying to figure that out. But since Marvel’s Defenders is close to debuting, fans can’t help but wonder how four heroes who led their own series could come together in a cohesive way.
While speaking with the LA Times, co-showrunner Macro Ramirez talked about how their goal was to borrow key elements from each show. The main element being each heroes different fighting style. He explained how the fight scenes were important to get right because they helped to define each character. Check out his comment below:
“[Daredevil] he’s the guy who will cover a child. He will use his body defensively. Jessica Jones just wants the fight to be over. That, as an attitude, is so much fun to watch once she’s fighting. [Iron Fist] is very eager and gets himself into fights and bites off more than he can chew, a lot.
Many viewers felt that Finn Jones’ portrayal of Iron Fist’s martial arts skills on his solo show was lacking so it will be interesting to see how that has evolved in the new Defenders series.
Sigourney Weaver’s character still remains a mystery and Ramirez was very careful to not reveal anything about her ahead of the show’s debut. But he did confirm the promise of some very entertaining action scenes from her as the villain and even recalled a day on set where the actress herself was talking about her character’s fighting style:
“[Weaver] said ‘I’ve never been a martial arts kind of gal, I’m more of a hold-the-flamethrower kind of gal’. I’d love to tattoo that interaction onto my forehead forever. She was really willing to do things, to really get dirty, it was wonderful.”
It’s obvious that Ramirez was ‘fan-boying’ over Weaver being in the MCU as much as we were once her casting was announced. At least we can rest assure that we will get an entertaining fight scene out of it. Don’t let us down Ripley!
But Ramirez explained that his biggest joy was watching all four characters interact on set. Krysten Ritter, Mike Coulter, Charlie Cox and Finn Jones all have big personalities and portray characters with even bigger personalities so we can only imagine that their interactions during filming could rival that of Robert Downey Jr and Chris Pratt on the set of Infinity War:
“Text messaging back and forth with Krysten Ritter, crafting cool one-liners for JJ, was one of the highlights of the show. It was as exciting as doing big fight scenes. ‘How will JJ make fun of everyone else in the room?’ was a primary focus at all times. In some ways she gets to be our Han Solo, the regular grounded person’s way into this world. I think one of the great joys of the show is watching them interact.
It’s clear that fans have some gems to look forward to once the time comes to binge watch the series in the fall. What do you think GOC fam? Does it sound like they got the right formula for a suitable Defenders team up? Let us know in the comments below?
Marvel’s Defenders smashes onto the small screen on August 18, only on Netflix