Leading up to The Defenders, each of the Marvel Netflix shows have notably stood apart from one another. From the darker feel of Daredevil to the noir aesthetic of Jessica Jones, the music throughout Luke Cage, and the various fighting styles used by all four heroes, each series has made it a point to stand on its own. However, when the street-level heroes finally join forces, viewers can expect to see elements of each series carry over into The Defenders.
In a recent interview with LA Times, co-showrunner Macro Ramirez teased the various elements that they’ll be borrowing from each of the shows. One of the biggest things they’ll be borrowing? Fighting styles, of course. According to Ramirez, the fight scenes were very important to get right, as they help define each character during these big brawls.
When discussing Daredevil, Ramirez was quick to note that out of the four heroes, “He’s the guy who will cover a child, he will use his body defensively.” As for everyone’s favorite private investigator, Ramirez explained that Jessica Jones just wants the fight to be over. “That, as an attitude, is so much fun to watch once she’s fighting,” he continued. As for Iron Fist, who many felt lacked any good fight scenes in his own series, is described by Ramirez as being a bit of a hot-head. “He’s very eager and gets himself into fights and bites off more than he can chew, a lot.”
Of course, fight styles won’t be the only thing the series will be borrowing. The series will take inspiration from the soundtrack of Luke Cage’s first season, as well as referencing the noir feel of Jessica Jones.
Ramirez also briefly talked about Sigourney Weaver, who plays the mysterious Alexandra, and how the actress was quick to note that she wasn’t really a martial artist, but more of a “hold-the-flamethrower kind of gal.” With little known about Weaver’s character currently, we can at least take solace in the fact that the actress will surely have an awesome fight scene — whether it be with a flamethrower or not.
Arriving Aug. 18th 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.