There is only a month until the premiere of Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix. While doing press rounds for the upcoming superhero series, Sigourney Weaver talked about what fans can expect from her character, Alexandra, and why she is not a villain.
Alexandra, Not Your Typical Marvel Villain
Marvel admittedly has a villain problem. Aside from a handful, the Marvel Cinematic Universe often introduces villains who are underwhelming and down right forgettable. The superhero series on Netflix has a little more success when it comes to its bad guys, perfectly fleshing out the likes of Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Kilgrave (David Tennant). From the looks of it, the biggest villain to ever face the street-level vigilantes of New York will be as compelling and interesting as her predecessors.
In fact, Weaver does not want fans to call Alexandra a villain. Instead, the actor told EW that the character who will be introduced in the upcoming series is an “adversary.”
Showrunner Marco Ramirez added that Alexandra is the head of an ancient organization (that fans speculate as The Hand, long-time enemies of Daredevil) and is nothing like any of the adversaries introduced in any of the four solo series on Netflix. She is even a bit intimidated by the superhero “non-team.”
“In her career, she’s come up against a lot of different people — armies, mercenaries, devoted religious fanatics and all kinds of different groups — who have tried to take her down, but she’s never met four people who are seemingly just interested in taking care of this one little part of New York,” Ramirez explained. “I think she’s actually really charmed by it, and weirdly, because they’re unlike anybody she’s ever faced off against before, it’s intimidating to her.”
In addition, Weaver’s reluctance to be called a villain also is not just about semantics. Instead, the actor pointed out that the word “villain” implies “heartlessness and cruelty,” two characteristics that are thrown into female foes, but neither applies to her character. She tends to avoid the terms “ice queen” which women on-screen often get when they are not completely sympathetic. She even worked with the writers of the series to avoid creating a stereotyped female opponent.
How and why Alexandra will cross paths with Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) remain a mystery. Fans speculate that she is the leader of The Hand, the ancient organization that was first introduced in Season 1 of Marvel’s Daredevil and has been a constant presence in the Netflix side of the MCU. This, however, remains not confirmed.
Moreover, Alexandra is not a typical villain because her actions are caused by her will to survive in the concrete jungle called New York. In short, the new character is not completely evil but, Ramirez argued, is a “survivor,” one who is just interested in protecting her world. “She’s about self-preservation, and self-preservation at all costs.”
Alexandra’s Plans For New York City
Alexandra is a threat not just because she is physically strong as an opponent, but she is also a strategist. The showrunner shared that the “adversary” of The Defenders is playing a long game. “She has the long game in mind, and she isn’t thinking about this chess game, she’s thinking about six chess games in the future,” he stated. “As such, I think she’s seen a lot of beauty in humanity and in the world, but there are certain things that to her are expendable, and that’s a really dangerous worldview.”
If all goes well, Alexandra might go down in Marvel history as one of the best adversaries. Marvel’s The Defenders will be released on Aug. 18 exclusively on Netflix.
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