San Diego Comic Con is here, and Marvel is coming out guns a blazing.
To start with, Luke Cage, coming out on September 30th.
Yes, much like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage seems to be a hero who doesn’t want the job. But, to be honest, he has far more gravitas than Jessica Jones ever had. In fact, I thought he was one of the more likable characters in Jessica Jones (then again, I even liked Kilgrave more than I liked Jessica Jones, and he was pure evil, but he was played by David Tenant). Though I would like to see if Danny Rand makes an appearance here.
They also had an interesting sizzle real for basically, “this is everything we’ve filmed thus far,” probably going to lead into a line like “We’re just getting started” on the SDCC panel.
And if you’re wondering where’s Iron Fist in all of this … he’s got his own trailer.
Huh. You know, what I remember of Iron Fist was, well, he wasn’t put into a nut house. Danny Rand was another billionaire orphan, raised by martial arts masters in a Shangra La variant, then came home to his parent’s fortune, and spent his nights in a green and yellow outfit. Then again, I read the Ed Brubaker Iron Fist story line, and not Heroes for Hire, where he teamed up with Luke Case as, well, superpowered mercenaries.
Marvel douche bag in chief, Joe Quesada (yes, I still have a grudge over One More Day, don’t you?) announced that Iron Fist will have more major villains to go after than any of the other heroes. Also, as has been pointed out to me, Madam Gao’s heroin from Daredevil season 1 was marked with the emblem of one of Iron Fist’s primary adversaries, so expect Gao to show up
Ah, but what about The Defenders?
We have that too.
It isn’t much. Basically the logos for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist forming the Defenders logo, with the final line belonging to Stick, the mentor of both Elektra and Daredevil, where he says, “You think the four of you can save New York? You can’t even save yourselves.”
Sigh. Enough already. Stick is getting on my nerves, and so is the “Oh, you’re all broken inside” tropes that superhero media wants to push really very lard lately. (Don’t believe me? Start with Iron Man, then Bruce Banner’s “We’re not a team, we’re a time bomb” line, and keep connecting the dots from there). Right now, the biggest, most screwed up in the head person on the potential team is Jessica Jones, and trying to imagine her playing well with anybody is about as likely as seeing Loki join the Avengers.
If Stick is involved, obviously, the bad guy will be the Hand. Because thousands of disposable, devil-worshiping, magical ninjas are what you want for an enemy against a group of bad asses like this. Elektra will probably be involved, newly resurrected by the Hand, as their leader.
Though I note that they’re pushing only the main characters in all of this, and there is no sign of, say, the Punisher. Since his performance was such that Punisher got his own series, I’m a little surprised that everyone’s favorite gun-wielding lunatic wasn’t even hinted at.
Though, from the characters we’ve seen so far, imagine locking Jessica Jones, Matt Murdock, Luke Cage, and Frank Castle in the same room. Sadly, I just imagine Castle and Jones off in their own corner getting drunk, while Murdock and Cage have extended conversations about how they should really, really, really never sleep with anybody crazier than they are.
And for the record, Daredevil Season 3 has been announced.
Now, if anyone wants to ask if the Defenders will have any crossover with Avengers: Infinity War, I will suspect no.
However, if the Defenders are made a part of the films, I suspect they would serve much the same function as Hawkeye and Black Widow did during the first Avengers, and spend their time disposing of low-level minions like the Chitauri.
Unfortunately, that only leads to seeing a post-Infinity War scene that is less shwarma and more heavy drinking.