Well, The Defenders trailer has been out for a while now, and I know I’m the last person (with an interest in said trailer and access to a blog) to talk about it. But hey, at least I got to it before there was a second trailer. Speaking of which, when do you suppose we’ll get to see additional footage? I’m sure they’re saving a lot of stuff for San Diego Comic Con in July, but surely we must be getting some little treat before then.
Anyway, as I said, many others before me have analyzed the trailer in some depth (a search on YouTube will serve up a handful, complete with speculation), so I just put together some still from scenes and shots that I wanted to comment on. Here goes.
Jessica meets Matt
One thing you see throughout this trailer are the creators paying homage to earlier scenes and events in these character’s own shows. When Matt walks into the interrogation room where Misty is facing off with Jessica Jones, the scene reminds us of both previous scenes in Daredevil – such as when Matt and Foggy first meet Karen – and in Jessica Jones, where Jessica had previous run-ins with the police.
One thing I’m wondering about though, and this scene cuts right to the heart of it, is what Matt’s professional situation looks like at the start of The Defenders. Rumor has it that this takes place a few months after the end of the second season of Daredevil, at which point Matt was presumably out of a job after Matt and Foggy split, and Foggy went on to work for Jeri Hogarth. Matt is either working solo now (with some assistant who’s not Karen?), employed somewhere, or living off whatever secret funds kept a roof over his head through college and his not very profitable partnership with Foggy. For the sake of realism, I think it would be kind of neat for his backstory for the last few months to be that he actually had a really hard time finding new work due to discrimination, but I’m not expecting any miracles. 😉
Danny – take two
So, this is Danny’s second outing as Iron Fist. As you know, I disagreed with much of the criticism launched against his solo series, with the exception of the problems with the Iron Fist character. For whatever it’s worth, it appears that The Defenders is treating Danny as that member of the group who’s really more like a younger sibling tagging along for the ride. Which is apt, considering he’s got some growing up to do. It also means that his immaturity serves some kind of point in the larger narrative in ways we didn’t see in Iron Fist.
If you pause the trailer at the right moment, you can see Colleen in the scene above, going through the green door ahead of Danny. In the scene below, we once again have a nod to Luke’s solo series where a guy famously breaks his hand trying to punch Luke and not even making a dent. With Danny’s “glowing fist,” we can presume that Luke might actually feel a little sore afterwards.
It appears that Claire is the one bringing Luke and Danny together. When it comes to the first meeting between Matt and Jessica, it wouldn’t surprise me if the tip to look in on Jessica comes from Foggy, considering he works at Jeri’s firm and she may want to see Jessica taken care of, without getting directly involved herself. I guess we won’t know for sure until August 18 gets here.
Back in red
It appears that The Defenders will take place a few months after Daredevil, season two, and there’s been some mention of Matt trying to put Daredevil behind him in the wake of Elektra’s death. And, considering other sources have said that the show itself will take place over just a few days, it makes sense that we might have to get into the story a bit before the suit makes a comeback. I know some of you have been asking to see more of it, but I think they’re probably looking to strike a good balance between Daredevil being the only one who actually has a costume, and this costume being what makes sense for him to wear if he’s going into battle.
Part of me thinks that it would be cool for Danny to get a costume too, but adapting the one from the comics to something that looks good on live action television might be a tall order.
Raising the dead
So, no big surprise, Elektra has been gestating in that big clay jar from season two of Daredevil (though which one of her caretakers decided red eyeliner was a good look?) and now she’s back, presumably as an all-out villain in this show. Considering what we learned about the Hand’s process of raising the dead, and the imperfect process that leaves people more violent and sinister each time they come back (see: Harold Meachum), I’m wondering if they’re going to adress that directly.
Whatever her puppet-masters’ plans for her are, Elektra still needs to warm up after her long hibernation, and I guess that’s what the above scene is for. It looks spectacular.
The mysterious Alexandra
Can I just preface this with how awesome Sigourney Weaver is? She still exudes as much sheer kick-ass as she did in Alien, still has that striking presence, and I just have a really good feeling about what she’ll be bringing to the table. As for who she’s supposed to be? I really have no idea, but I’m definitely leaning to something otherworldly, such an incarnation of the Beast or even Mephisto. I would honestly prefer less mystical stuff, but considering what’s been going on in Daredevil and Iron Fist, this still seems like the most rational place to go if you want to make the threat big enough.
This scene pretty much speaks for itself, so I don’t have much to add to the general consensus here. All I can say is that it looks beautifully choreographed and really highlights the various Defenders’ different fighting styles. Can’t wait to see the full scene!
“I’m a what now?”
You’ve got to love the simple, yet endearing, team getting together for a meal trope. In this scene, we actually (very briefly) see Matt laughing, as revealed by the movements of his shoulders in a shot that doesn’t show his face. We know that Matt doesn’t laugh nearly enough, so that’s always a good thing.
And then there’s the shot above, when Matt is taking in the fact that Danny just dubbed him the “blind ninja”. His “Oh, that’s the one we’re going with? Really?” face is priceless. I must admit that I’m also a big fanny of Jessica’s smart-ass comeback, as well as pretty much everything else she brings to this trailer.
Anything else you noticed and want to talk about? Any fanciful theories about who Alexandra is? Chime in in the comments!