Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) will unite later this year to battle a common foe: Alexandra. Marvel has been quite secretive about the role of sci-fi queen Sigourney Weaver in Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix. However, a costume designer might have confirmed what everybody has suspected all along.
The Defenders vs The One Who Really Controls New York
Over the years, Netflix and Marvel have introduced the new generation of heroes who have sworn to protect their patches of home within New York City. After several seasons, the television programs also brought several supervillains from comic books to the small screen. Now, it is time to introduce the baddest of them all.
Weaver is supposed to be the big bad of the upcoming superhero series. However, aside from a name, her character remains shrouded in secrecy. From the trailer released by the streaming company earlier this month, some of the things known about the new villain to face the street-level crusaders of NYC are: she is rich, she is powerful and she hates The Defenders. Why the four heroes have united to fight her remains to be seen.
However, Stephanie Maslansky, the costume designer behind the series, might have confirmed what everybody has suspected from the start. Weaver’s Alexandra is the leader of The Hand. Here is what she said in an interview with International Business Times:
“I’d say very elegant, very beautiful.” she explained about the new character’s wardrobe. “I had so much fun designing her wardrobe. It was very, possibly even in a way, grounded in an older world. Maybe very, in a way, European. More of a global feeling to her wardrobe, very lush. I think that she’s clearly a baddie, and she’s the head of an ancient organization which is grounded in the comics. I hope that her wardrobe reflects that kind of ancientness.”
Of course, there are quite a few ancient organizations that exist in Marvel’s comic book universe. However, only one has been a prominent part of the superhero shows on Netflix: The Hand. The ninja organization first appeared in Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1, but they also popped up in Season 2 when viewers learned that Matt Murdock’s college sweetheart Elektra (Elodie Yung) is Black Sky. Then, Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 1 explored the organization even deeper and showed their refuge in the middle of the city that trains misfits into fighters.
The trailer also showed Elektra inside her sarcophagus who, even if still unconscious, was an important player in the mythology of The Hand. Yung was also confirmed to appear in Marvel’s The Defenders.
Maslansky is also responsible for the different styles of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. She explained that each show has their own distinctive color palette that will not go away when all four join forces. So what color will take over when Alexandra comes on-screen? She refuses to say. However, she pointed out that the trailer already showed the villain’s choice of palette.
The Villain That Dictates The Fate of the Four Heroes
In a separate interview, Colter disses the connection of the villain in Marvel’s The Defenders to each of the superhero shows on Netflix. He teased that viewers will find out how these “several entities” have caused the misfortunes in the past few years were all caused by one villain.
“[I]n the series, you’ll find out that the things that happened to all of us basically were all because of one entity,” he shared to IGN. “And that’s what’s gonna tie things together.”
Marvel’s The Defenders also stars Rosario Dwason, Jessica Henwick, Elden Henson, Simone Missick, Rachel Taylor, Eka Darville, Deborah Ann Woll and Carrie-Anne Moss. All 13 episodes will drop on Netflix on Aug. 18.