Marvel’s The Defenders drops tonight on Netflix and there are tons of articles talking about the show and how it was made. Showrunner Marco Ramirez recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the series.
First, Ramirez was asked about how, in the first four episodes, the shows still feel very different before the characters start meeting each other.
Yes. As every one of these shows start folding into each other, we wanted them to feel like the most optimal versions of those shows. The early Daredevil scenes should feel like the most Daredevil we could possibly go, with the most red lighting and filters. The Jessica Jones scenes should feel the most film noir with violet colors. The idea then is that when they start to cross-pollinate, we see something else start to emerge, and that’s what the identity of this show is, which is kind of a combination of all the visual and sonic elements of each of their individual worlds.
Ramirez also points out that while there are emotional stakes in this show we shouldn’t expect much in the way of character through lines.
It’s hard for me to tell, having worked on it, and trying so hard to make sure that that didn’t happen. Honestly, I would like the ideal answer to be no. I don’t want this to feel like it’s so-and-so’s show and everybody else is visiting. It should feel — and that’s why we spent so much time on this in the first two episodes — that we are invested in every character. Yes, Matt and Elektra absolutely have history. But Elektra and other characters on the show quickly have history of their own that we get to see unfold. Danny Rand certainly has history with the Hand. While the Matt-Elektra relationship is very strong and is a very strong part of what makes the show tick, I don’t think it’s in any way the only backbone of the show.
Much like the Avengers movies these are less about character development, though there is still plenty there, as it is a fireworks show.
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 18th.
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