The Defenders have arrived in San Diego for this year’s Comic-Con International. Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Finn Jones (Iron Fist), Jessica Henwick (Colleen), Elodie Yung (Elektra), Sigourney Weaver (Alexandra), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page) executive producer Marco Ramirez and Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb took the stage to offer the denizens of Hall H an exclusive first look at the upcoming Netflix series.
“We walked into Netflix and we had a dream,” Loeb said, recalling the day he walked into Netflix to present his idea for Defenders. “They sat down and said, ‘We’re in for 60.’ It is unprecedented.”
Jon Bernthal, who plays Punisher, walked on stage as a surprise guest. “Frank’s very much in my heart and I’m eternally grateful to get another crack at him,” he shared. “I just want to saw to the member of the law enforcement, the ladies and men who serve this country, the comic book fans… we’re going to do our best to get it right.”
Loeb then cued a clip, which showed Punisher riding around the country killing off the cartel that murdered his family starting from the bottom up.
Loeb then announced a second season of Iron Fist. What’s more, the second season will feature another Marvel Netflix character who “will make you a little misty,” which suggests that Luke Cage‘s Misty Knight will be in it.
“Colleen really had her whole life ripped away from her at the end of Season 1,” Henwick said of her role in Defenders. “We catch up with her and Danny, not in New York — somewhere else. She hasn’t really come to terms with what has happened emotionally…”
“It’s like three shows now that Karen Page is on. I reach out to Rosario [Dawson] like, ‘How do you do this?!'” Woll recalled. “It’s been really fun to keep adding on.”
“Elektra is an amnesiac. She doesn’t remember who she is. She’s trained by Alexandra to be some sort of a weapon, and I guess the question for my character is how much of the Elektra we know remains? So we’ll find out I guess,” Yung revealed.
“You were kind enough to introduce me to [the Defenders] on stage at New York Comic Con on stage,” Weaver recalled. “It was too late. They were stuck with me! I was a huge fan of Daredevil and Jessica Jones… They offered me a part I couldn’t refuse… A woman who has a lot of dealing with this lovely young lady [Yung]. Their relationship is certainly interesting… it was a joy to work with you guys. I really appreciate it.”
“This story is something that we knew was coming, and I think the most interesting part about the Defenders is the people,” Colter shared. “I love working with Finn, I love working with Krysten… getting a chance to work with Matt, Sigourney… we all shared the screen and had time off. We enjoyed coming to set and we enjoyed seeing each other.”
“Well, Jessica doesn’t really want to play with others. She doesn’t ask or want to help. But at the end of the day… she has a gooey inside and will rise to the occasion and help the little guy,” Ritter said. “She takes every opportunity to make fun of everything they’re doing and to make fun of Daredevil’s suit.”
“It’s kind of a wonderful celebration to come to Hall H and San Diego,” Cox shared. “It’s a celebration!”
“This is not the kind of show where they’re ever going to have a headquarters. Nobody’s getting suits… Jessica’s going to look at Danny and say, ‘Your fist doesn’t make any sense,'” Ramirez explained. “These people are all having fights in the back alleys and shitty bars.”
Jones then demanded that Loeb roll a clip. When Weaver stood up to challenge him, he announced he would play the entire first episode of the series.
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.
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