Following the official announcement at the recently held New York Comic Con, the Defenders have already been deployed to the streets of New York to shoot for their namesake series coming next year. The cumulative Marvel TV show brings Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) to fight the yet to be revealed villain who will be played by Sigourney Weaver. The casting choice may seem perfect with the veteran actress being a delightful addition, but her role may be more pivotal than originally perceived with a potential tie-in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Lately, Marvel as a whole seems to be ramping up on castings specifically for antagonist roles with extremely talented actors like Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays Kingpin in “Daredevil” and Mahershala Ali taking on the role of Cottonmouth in “Luke Cage.” The trend is mirrored in the MCU with the likes of Mads Mikkelsen playing Kaecilius in “Doctor Strange,” Michael Keaton as rumored Vulture in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and Cate Blanchett as Hela in “Thor: Ragnarok.” The shift seemingly addresses Marvel’s deficiency when it comes to formidable villains, which has been pointed by fans time and time again. However, in the grander scale of things, they could also develop a recurring anti-hero who does not go down in defeat just after one flick much like Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
The reveal of Weaver’s involvement may also be just the tip of the iceberg as she can be utilized in all sorts of ways and can easily bridge Marvel TV and the MCU. For quite some time now, the discord in the two, which are supposed to be closely tied together, has not been clearly acknowledged. But an actress like Weaver can eventually link the Defenders and the Avengers. The timing also couldn’t be more ideal with the cumulative movie “Avengers: Infinity War” just around the corner.
As of now, Marvel has been cagey about the possibility of doing a crossover between their two platforms, but rumblings about the Defenders making an appearance in “Infinity War” one way or another has been going on for a while now. Fanning the flames further is Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige’s recent comments about the interwoven storylines that are about to take place in their next big ensemble flick.
“We will be intercutting a lot of stories in that movie in a lot of different locales, as it sort of is in the Avengers movies as well; who is facing off against who,” he said in a recent conversation with IGN. “In this movie, it’s going to be fun to mix that up. One of the things that’s great about the Infinity Gauntlet is everybody tried to go up against Thanos whether they were god-like powers or not, because that’s what Avengers do. The fun about those two movies that we’re doing essentially at the same time is everybody’s there.”
The word “everybody” is surely intriguing as it may mean technically everyone in the lore including their TV heroes. If that would be the case, what is already a jam-packed film can get a lot more crowded in a good way.
“The Defenders” has yet to gain an official release date, but fans can expect it sometime next year on Netflix. In the meantime, the fourth and final member of the Defenders, “Iron Fist” will make his debut on March 17, 2017. “Avengers: Infinity War,” on the other hand, hits theaters on May 4, 2018.