‘The Defenders’ Netflix Series: Rundowns For Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, And Iron Fist Marvel Characters On Netflix

Daniel Ketchum

The Defenders Netflix series is releasing more and more promotional material these days, including a behind-the-scenes look at the production that includes interviews with the main cast members. It's not surprising they're doing the full-court press in their promotional efforts, since not everyone has watched all of the The Defenders characters' individual series. In fact, the Iron Fist Netflix series isn't even out yet.

As reported by CBS News, The Defenders – both in the comics and in the upcoming Netflix series – are a team of superheroes who help protect New York. On Netflix, they're low-budget, small screen Avengers. These Defenders are being drawn from the various Marvel series' that have already been – or are about to be – broadcast on the streaming service. In the comics, their roster has included heavy hitters from the Hulk to Doctor Strange.

Despite being blind, he can sense where people are, movements, distant sounds, and even heart rates. All of this is what allows him to fight bad guys. He's also a highly-trained martial artist who's taken on adversaries ranging from Wilson Fisk – aka the Kingpin – to the Punisher. As an aside, the Punisher was so popular last season that he's getting his own separate Netflix series later this year.

Jessica Jones has superhuman strength and a certain degree of invulnerability. While she previously used these abilities as a standard superhero, her encounter with the mind controlling villain The Purple Man in the series – in which he essentially made her into his sexual slave – drove her away from her superhero persona and into becoming a private detective.

Even after defeating and killing The Purple Man – as played by David Tennant – in her last outing, it's very likely that Jessica Jones is essentially going to be the same reclusive, bad tempered alcoholic when she joins up with The Defenders.

Like most comic book characters, Luke Cage has to have a pivotal moment in his life that defines who he is. In his case, it was the death of his wife. Unbeknownst to him, initially, his wife was killed by Jessica Jones while she was under the control of The Purple Man. Given that he only learned this after he slept with Jessica Jones, this made things a bit awkward.

Most recently in his own series, he helped take down some major gangs in his neighborhood, apparently choosing to take up the mantle of protector by the end of the series, despite the fact that all he really wanted was a normal life.

For many people, Danny Rand represents the kind of whitewashing "white savior" character that critics of Hollywood have been hammering recently. An example of this would be casting Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Doctor Strange, or Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell.

The producers say they are attempting to make Danny Rand into a character who is not a "white savior" of others, but someone who is attempting to save himself. Whether this will quiet the critics is an open question. We'll know once we've seen the Iron Fist and The Defenders Netflix series.

[Featured Image by Netflix]