Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders is going to debut next year, and we still don’t really know anything about it other than Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist finally teaming up. But, according to Screen Geek, we may finally know who the main villain will be in The Defenders.
Spoilers For Daredevil Seasons 1 And 2, Possible Spoilers For The Defenders.
We saw Wilson Fisk in the first season of Daredevil, along with the Hand in the second, and Kilgrave in Jessica Jones. There were some supernatural elements within the second season of Daredevil, and we’re going to see a little bit more of that with Iron Fist. Apparently, the supernatural element has been intentional to introduce the likes of Mephisto as the main villain in The Defenders. But, who exactly is Mephisto?
Essentially, he is a demon who loves to bargain for the souls of heroes.
“Marvel is talking about setting Mephisto as the prime antagonist for the Defenders. Some may say that this villain wouldn’t fit the TV shows but that’s why they’re incorporating Iron Fist – to set up the supernatural element. This would also help set up the next phase of the Netflix shows, as Moon Knight, Blade, and Ghost Rider are being considered.”
The Hand, more than anything, seems to be a likely choice as the antagonist for The Defenders. Daredevil really set this up back in 2015, and it does look like some sort of supernatural threat will be making its way into Hell’s Kitchen, potentially starting this “war” we heard Stick tell Matt about in the series. There may also be elements in Luke Cage and Iron Fist that will add to that villainous threat.
These Marvel/Netflix shows have really been going out of their way to stay grounded in reality and have a gritty, “realistic” tone to them. Granted, Nobu’s immortality and the Hand victims essentially turning into zombies kind of went beyond the established, grounded tone.
Mephisto makes more sense within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, going up against a hero like Doctor Strange. That possibility is rumored to happen at the end of this first Doctor Strange film coming up in November, or in a sequel. It’s a bit of a stretch to think of Mephisto walking around Hell’s Kitchen, dealing with Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock, given the tone of the Netflix universe.
However, if these rumors about Ghost Rider being brought into the Netflix world are true, Mephisto being brought in would actually make sense. The two kind of go hand-in-hand, if you are considering bringing just one of those characters to Netflix, introducing the other one isn’t any more absurd. And, if that’s the case, then this Netflix section of the MCU is going to get a lot bigger and a lot more complex. Blade will bring along vampires and that whole mythology, then you’ve got demons and spirits with Ghost Rider, and Moon Knight is a mentally ill billionaire who becomes the avatar of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu on Earth.
That kind of world actually sounds like a perfect fit for someone like Mephisto. But, again, these are all just rumors and we’ll have to wait and see.
Charlie Cox has already revealed that production on The Defenders will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, presumably after Luke Cage debuts on September 30.
“What we do know is at the end of this year we’re going to be making The Defenders and, of course, Daredevil is very much a part of that foursome. I have no idea what the storyline is going to be for that show. I’m very excited to see how those world’s combine…and interested to see tonally how those shows become one.”
Iron Fist is still currently filming and will debut its first season next year, before The Defenders.
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