Marvel’s The Defenders will see four different heroes try to work together to defeat a common foe. That not only means clashing personalities but very different moral codes and fighting styles. Recently, co-showrunner Marco Ramirez talked about how the four heroes fought together in the upcoming superhero series from Netflix.
Four Heroes, One Hallway
The four solo series that aired in the past few years are a testament of the significant differences between each Marvel superhero from the Netflix side of the cinematic universe. From the tone to fighting styles, it is going to be challenging to bring them all together in one screen.
But Ramirez and co-showrunner Douglas Petrie were given the monumental task of overseeing the Marvel’s The Defenders. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Ramirez talked about how he wove the different and contrasting fighting styles of all four superheroes into awesome action scenes.
He pointed out that Daredevil (Charlie Cox), the guy who was trained to be a fighter is just hoping that every punch he throws will be his last. Meanwhile, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) plays defense as the guy who will use his unbreakable skin to shield a child from danger.
Of course, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) just wants the fight to be over. The Iron Fist (Finn Jones) is the hot-headed, young hero who bites off more than he can chew.
He also talked about the mysterious character Sigourney Weaver will play in the series. While he did not divulge details about the big villain, he admitted that the former Alien actor will have a hallway fight of her own.
“[Weaver] said, ‘I’ve never been a martial arts kind of gal, I’m more of a hold-the-flamethrower kind of gal,'” he recalled. “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.”
The character Weaver will play on the upcoming Netflix series has long been rumored to be the leader of the ninja organization The Hand. So while she has some bodyguards in the trailer released last month, it is exciting to hear that the actor will also throw punches at the heroes of New York.
Jessica Jones Making Fun Of Everyone
Ramirez also spoke about the dynamic between Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. He revealed that his favorite part of the series is not exactly the fight scenes, but that interaction of the four heroes when not in the middle of a brawl.
“Text messaging back and forth with Krysten Ritter, crafting cool one-liner moments for JJ, was one of the highlights of the show,” he shared. “It was as exciting as doing big fight scenes.”
Ramirez also compared Ritter’s heroine to Star Wars‘ Han Solo. She was the “grounded person” in the world where a blind defense lawyer is fighting crime in Hell’s Kitchen at night and a man with a glowing fist exist.
“I think one of the great joys of the show is watching them interact,” he added.
However, despite their different personalities, those who want to catch Marvel’s The Defenders does not need to watch all four shows to get to know each character. Ramirez assured that Marvel wanted him and Petrie to craft a story that anyone, not just comic book and TV fans, can get into.
Marvel’s The Defenders also stars Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, Elodie Yung, Jessica Henwick, Simone Missick, Elden Henson, Rachael Taylor, Scott Glenn, Eka Darville and Carrie Ann-Moss. All 13 episodes will drop on Netflix on Aug. 18.