The various characters in The Defenders are coming together reluctantly, and they all have their reasons why. In an with Playboy Finn Jones, Charlie Cox, Mike Colter and showrunner Marco Ramirez talk the various characters motivations and how they can’t go back when this is all done.
Danny Rand is going into this extremely guilty according to Finn Jones.
“Danny is responsible for the loss of a whole city,” Jones says. “He’s majorly fucked up. The guilt that is heavy on his heart is really making him spearhead forward with this mission to take down The Hand.”
He also has a lot of changing to do if he’s going to work in a group dynamic.
“Danny’s very reckless in his behavior,” says Jones. “He’s just punching things, throwing his cash around. He comes into someone like Luke Cage, who is the complete opposite, and Luke’s just like, ‘Whoa, kid. If we’re going to work together, you need to really realize a few things.’”
One of the people that’s going to give him a slap in the face with reality will be Luke Cage, but Mike Colter points out that Luke has his own issues when it comes to working with other people.
“The first four episodes serve to get him out of that world, and out of the mentality of looking over your shoulder, and worrying about your past,” says Colter. “I think we will see a new Luke because of it.”
While Danny and Luke are butting heads Jessica (Krysten Ritter) and Matt (Charlie Cox) are also not getting along even a little.
“They don’t like each other,” says Cox. “They’re too similar. They’re too stubborn. They’re too opinionated. They don’t have time for each other. … The stuff that I liked filming the most were those scenes where they start to, against their will, like each other,” says Cox. “They kind of respect each other. They would never tell the other person that. That was really fun to play with.”
When you put people like this in a room together, attitudes are going to clash in ways that are funny no matter how serious everything around them is.
“That’s one of the things I really enjoyed about it,” says Cox. “All of our shows had been quite serious, they’re tonally quite dark. But you can’t put someone like Matt Murdock, who wears a super hero costume in a room with Jessica Jones and not make jokes. You can’t.”
The thing that Marco Ramirez wanted to make sure that these characters aren’t the same after these events. We should expect to see reverberations from The Defenders in the upcoming seasons of all the solo shows.
“None of us wanted to do the procedural version where they’ll go back into their own shows completely unchanged,” says Ramirez. “The events of Defenders will affect each of them.”
How they’re going to justify not calling on one another going forward, Avengers style, is going to be the hardest thing to explain.
Summary: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up to fight crime in New York City.
Marvel’s The Defenders, created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, and Sigourney Weaver. It will stream to Netflix on August 18, 2017.