The initial motion posters for Marvel’s The Defenders showcased the connections between the four Netflix heroes, placing Jessica Jones in front of Rand Enterprise, Luke Cage outside of Josie’s Bar, and so on, but the latest may go beyond Easter eggs and callbacks.
The new image depicts Finn Jones’ Danny Rand outside of Harlem’s Paradise, a key location from the first season of Luke Cage, accompanied by the text, “Kung-fu billionaire, still can’t get on the list.” The poster spurred an amusing response from the Luke Cage Twitter account, which wrote, “No shirt, no shoes, no service, no chill” (there’s a lot of smack talk exchanged on social media by the four shows). However, if we look a little closer, there’s more to the image than a young billionaire whose training in K’un-Lun hasn’t prepared him for the door policies of New York City nightclubs.
Kung-fu billionaire, still can't get on the list. pic.twitter.com/YQeveZSNc7
— The Defenders (@TheDefenders) May 12, 2017
On the far right, we can see Danny’s face staring from a newspaper box, beneath the enormous word “WANTED,” which could suggest Iron Fist is a fugitive as The Defenders opens. Of course, “Wanted” could simply be the name of an entertainment tabloid in Marvel’s New York City, so we may not want to jump to any conclusions.
More interesting, perhaps, is that Sigourney Weaver’s enigmatic Alexandra peers out of the window of the limousine on the far left. We have our own theory about the character’s true identity, but it’s been confirmed that it’s Danny who unites Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to confront the threat in the miniseries.
“In Iron Fist, he’s so unwound, because he doesn’t know who he is, there’s always so much confusion,” Jones explained in January, “and he’s always on the brink of a total meltdown, or totally annihilating something, someone, mainly himself. There’s always this high energy frenetic tension, but in Defenders, he’s definitely more responsible. He has ground, has drive. I’d say that’s the key word for Danny in ‘The Defenders.’ He drives all of the Defenders to get behind him to solve this … issue.”
Presumably, that means Alexandra is well aware of the Iron Fist, and would have an interest in keeping an eye on his activities — leisure and otherwise.
Arriving Aug. 18 on Netflix, the eight-episode Defenders stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Finn Jones as Danny Rand, Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios, Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Scott Glenn as Stick, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing.