Marvel's The Defenders episode 3 review: Getting to know the enemy

Review THE DEFENDERS takes too long to get to the point

The show teams up four popular characters from Netflix's Marvel franchise: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand of Iron Fist, along with their sidekicks. The first two aren't unenjoyable, they're just slow paced and not exciting at all.

The not-super heroes are loners by choice or circumstance, but reluctantly agree to band together to take on the city's next evil.

"The Defenders" will be an eight-episode limited series set to debut by August 18 on Netflix. A second season was announced, as was Jessica Jones. We're talking Hell's Kitchen for Daredevil and Harlem for Luke Cage, it's all about New York City.

Set several weeks after the events of Luke Cage-the first half of which remains the best series work Marvel's television division has ever done-The Defenders pits its namesake warriors against an ancient criminal organization led by the mysterious Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver). The living weapon of K'un Lun. That pushes her into the rare category of good Marvel villains. He really wants to be called the Immortal Iron Fist, you guys, and he really wants you to know how great of a fighter he is. Although it does mention that Danny looked homeless and insane at the start of his first season, and it does throw a bit of shade at his glowing hand powers, the overall tone here isn't one of criticism.

According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, this was not the teaser trailer for The Punisher that was shown to the few fans in attendance during The Defenders panel at SDCC. Defenders has been a long time in the making, and it's hard to believe it's nearly here.

While Luke Cage and Jessica Jones met in the first season of Jessica Jones, The Defenders will be the first time all four street-level superheroes meet in person. Phase 2 of the Marvel-Netflix universe could also include Jon Bernthal's solo series, "The Punisher", which is expected to premiere later this year. Her shadowy new role combines distant sadness with lethal talents. Joining Alexandra will be with the resurrected Elektra as she helps kick down our team in a mandatory hallway fight scene at the start of the series. "I felt a little bit detached from the history of it, and I could look at the comics and the scripts and find a character that was specific rather than trying to please everyone". There are speculations that IGH might be connected to The Hand, and the connection could be revealed in The Defenders.

Of course, the titles of each of these shows might bear the names of their heroes, but they still tend to live or die by their central antagonist.

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