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Defenders 101: Everything You Need to Know Before You Binge

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After years of anticipation, Marvel Comics' finest street-level heroes finally come together this week in The Defenders. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist unite for Marvel Television and Netflix's first team series, fighting for the very soul of New York City with Hell's Kitchen front and center in the war against the ancient ninja order known as the Hand.

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Since Daredevil debuted in 2015, Marvel fans have waited with bated breath to see these heroes band together to face the mystical threat and ninja-gangster presence the Hand provides. With the evil society now coming out in full force, Daredevil's mentor Stick makes it clear that he needs a group of heroes to combat it. So before you get to binging, we run down the key points which brought us to this cataclysmic point.

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