Disney continues their unimpeded march forward with the Marvel Franchises. This time they are bringing us 4 lesser known heroes, but this time as 4 short Netflix series that will eventually merge into one miniseries called The Defenders. The more hardcore fans will know the Defenders as an ad-hoc team formed by Dr Strange, The Hulk, Silver Surfer and Namor the Submariner; this particular team will contain none of those members.
Power Man – Luke Cage
After going to prison for a crime he didn’t commit he volunteered for an experimental procedure to boost his immune system, but instead it gave him ‘steel hard skin’ and super strength.
After he escaped from prison he takes on the identity ‘Luke Cage’ and becomes a hero for hire
Best friends with Iron Fist
He eventually marries Jessica Jones (Aka Jewel)
One of Actor Nicolas Cage’s favourite super heroes (Thus why he is called Cage and not Coppolla)
He is someone who has gone from on the run fugitive to eventual leader of the avengers; this guy has done it all.
Iron Fist – Daniel Thomas “Danny” Rand
Created during the 1970s heavily influenced by pop culture of his day.
Gained the mystical Iron Fist by training in the ancient and hidden city of K’un-L’un
Son of a multimillionaire
One of the stop martial artists in the Marvel Universe
He has substituted for Daredevil on the odd occasion
Even without the “Iron Fist” Danny is still extremely deadly
Daredevil – Matthew Michael “Matt” Murdock
Blind superhero who works out of Hell’s Kitchen
Lawyer by day, vigilante by night
Original costume was yellow not red
Frank Miller has been credited with making the character what he is today
He is often used to show the human side of the super hero world
He was played Ben “I’m Batman” Affleck in his first cinema outing.
There has only been one time when the entire editorial team on DD were all women: Javins, Watson and Chase
David Bowie’s Ex wife once tried to create a Daredevil Tv Series
Jewel – Jessica Jones
One of the youngest Marvel characters, she has only been around since 2001 but her back story is tied in with many other heroes
growing up she had a crush on classmate Peter Parker and Teen idol Jonny Storm
Her powers are Flight and Superhuman strength and physical resistance
She spent years under the mental domination of the Purple man
She was created for the series Alias (not the Jennifer Garner series) for 2 reasons 1 – they needed someone with great hair and 2 they couldnt fit jessica drew in without screwing up continuity
She has worked as a P.I, Superhero and for the Daily Bugel
She has faced many personal problems but has still found a way to grow
Currently she has semi retired to help raise her daughter
In my humble opinion she is one of the strongest female leads marvel has to offer.
These characters may not be the biggest but they have some of the best human driven stories, that dont rely on big special affects to make work. With the right writing team these will work, maybe thats why dardevil never worked as a movie, its a series that needs time to really take hold and hopefully this will be shown in the netflix brodcast.