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UPDATE: Elektra Returns to Action From the Grave For The Defenders

Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist, part of the Defenders Netflix series, coming out in 2017

The Defenders Netflix series is slated to arrive next year.

In the same vein as the previous short character videos that have been showing up since this past Halloween, another new video released yesterday has revealed that actress Elodie Yung will be returning as Elektra for The Defenders Netflix series.

With this latest confirmation of returning characters, having worked through many of the potential heroes / allies that are returning (though Elektra could land on either side of the equation, being revived by the Hand at the end of Daredevil’s second season) fans are starting to speculate that we might soon be getting news / confirmations regarding potential returning villains. Vincent D’Onfrio as Kingpin (from Daredevil’s first two seasons), and Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, Erik LaRay Harvey as Willis Stryker / Diamondback, and Theo Rossi as “Shades” Alvarez (from Luke Cage’s first season) are among the existing villains that may be returning.

UPDATE 11-3-16: A Bounty of Characters Return for The Defenders Netflix Series

In a series of tweets starting on October 31st, Netflix confirmed a series of actors / characters that will be coming back for The Defenders Netflix series. It started revealing that Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Simone Missick as Misty Knight will be in the series.

Then, on November 1st, they revealed that Eldon Henson, as Foggy, Carrie Anne-Moss as Hogarth, and Eka Darville as Malcolm would all be back as well.

November 2nd saw the reveal that Rachael Taylor will be back as Trish Walker, Scott Glenn will return as Stick, and Rosario Dawson will be reprising her role as Claire Temple.

Finally, just about an hour ago, they revealed that actress Jessica Henwick, who we haven’t seen yet, but who will be playing Colleen Wing in the upcoming Iron Fist Netflix series, will also be in The Defenders.

The Defenders Netflix series looks like a party, and everyone’s invited!

UPDATE 10-28-16 The Defenders Netflix series brings back director S.J. Clarkson for two episodes.

Marvel has revealed that director S.J. Clarkson will be returning to the MCU to serve as the director for the first two episodes of The Defenders Netflix series. Marvel’s head of TV, Jeph Loeb, said that “S.J.’s take on the material is outstanding. We loved her work on “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” and couldn’t think of a more talented and accomplished person to helm the first two episodes of “Marvel’s The Defenders.

The 8-episode first season of The Defenders is currently set to debut in 2017, one of three Marvel / Netflix team-ups arriving next year. Iron Fist will start things off March 17, 2017, followed by The Defenders, and The Punisher. The last, in particular, is surprising, as many expected we wouldn’t see the Punisher until at least 2018. A more specific release window or premiere date has not been revealed for either of these two series.

UPDATE: 10-8-16 Sigourney Weaver Brought on as Villain in the Defenders Netflix series

Actress Sigourney Weaver, best known for her role and Alien exterminating badass Ripley in the Aliens franchise, took to the stage at New York Comic Con as part of a reveal that she’s joining The Defenders Netflix series as a villain. No additional details on her role were provided, and no premiere date fo The Defenders was revealed. The series is expected to star filming in the next few weeks, now that Iron Fist’s first season just wrapped.

This next year is bringing a wide range of genres to the nerdiverse, with classic literature adaptations (like Kindred, by Octavia Butler), the gross misadventures of the 1980’s sensation Madballs, and every superhero and antihero you can think of in-between. So here’s a list of some 2017 sci-fi comics coming out that we thought looked interesting! Naturally, there’s an INHUMAN (get it? get it??) amount of comics being released [Click here to read more…]

Marvel is honored to have an actress of her caliber and status join what is already our biggest show ever,” said Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb. “She is by definition a class act.

UPDATE: 7-23-16 First Teaser for The Defenders Netflix series debuts at Comic-Con

OK, emphasis on the “tease” aspect of this, but Netflix and Marvel have debuted the first teaser for the upcoming series. As always, though, even in tease mode, Netflix does make good use of style, and music. Take a look, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Who Will The Showrunners For The Defenders Netflix Series Be?

After the huge success of superhero movies and shows, especially Marvel’s Daredevil, plans were set into motion for The Defenders Netflix series. But first, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist were all set to have their own shows in the works. But now, with those shows all moving forward, it’s time to get the Defenders ball rolling again because we all know how much defending this world needs from all the different villains out there. Charlie Cox, Krystin Ritter, Mike Colter, and Finn Jones will be jumping back in (or finally getting to play for the first time) their roles as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, respectively. And of course, with a power group like this, Marvel and Nextflix also needed some power to make sure things ran smoothly on the production sides.  Turns out, they didn’t have to look far. Daredevil Season 2 showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez will lend their expertise as The Defenders showrunners as well, with Drew Goddard as executive producer.

Dog Petrie and Marco Ramirez, the Defenders showrunners

Petrie and Ramirez had this to say about the whole thing: “This is the big one. Four amazing casts, four amazing series, now all in one amazing story. We are thrilled at the opportunity to deliver the show that both we and the fans have been waiting for.”

Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content added: “Doug and Marco captivated our members around the world with their continuation of the story of Matt Murdock in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’ and we can’t wait to see how they and Drew will introduce the full Defenders team to our global audience.”

Charlie Cox (Daredevil) also had this to add, when discussing the importance of Season 2 of Daredevil paving the way for the Defenders: “He can’t do this alone. He’s been so adamant about being a lone wolf, about doing it himself, so I think that in order for him to get to The Defenders we needed this second season. We needed to see him be broken individually so that he can – he’s willing to form a team. The lesson that Matt has had to learn in the second season of Daredevil is that he needs help.”

The Defenders is set to start filming at the end of 2016, with a premiere date sometime in 2017 on Netflix. So, did Marvel and Netflix make the right choice when picking The Defenders showrunners? Stay tuned for more new for The Defenders Netflix series.

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