They’re the Avengers, but even more dysfunctional


Haley McCoy, Editorials Editor

      It all started in Hell’s Kitchen.

      A blind lawyer, a failed superhero with post-traumatic stress disorder, a former convict and science experiment, and the returned son of a billionaire presumed dead for fifteen years each feel a responsibility to protect their city. Marvel first created the Avengers, a group of superheroes that protect the world whenever necessary. On a smaller scale, these four damaged heroes will join together under the title and television show The Defenders.

      “I’m really excited for The Defenders,” said Cassiana Pozzi (‘18). “I watched Daredevil, and I’m interested in Iron Fist, which comes out later this year.”

      Daredevil, the show based off of Matt Murdock, the blind lawyer and Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, was the first in the Defenders series to arrive. The show premiered back in 2015, followed by Jessica Jones, a show following a woman of the same name. Jones, a failed superhero, returned to New York and opened a private investigator’s clinic in the city that specializes in cases with remarkable circumstances and people with supernatural abilities. Next came Luke Cage, once again following a hero of the same name. Cage, a convict trying to turn his life around, has unbreakable skin and superhuman strength after a science experiment malfunctioned.

      The last Defender to arrive on the scene will be Danny Rand, the son of a billionaire who has been presumed dead for fifteen years. Rand returns to reclaim his family’s company, now with the ability to call on the Iron Fist and unparalleled skill with martial arts. Rand will be the center of the show Iron Fist.

      “I love Marvel,” said Anna Chylak (‘17). “Any superhero movie or show is a show that I would like to see, no matter the subject.”

      The Defenders will start three months after the events of Daredevil season two. The team-up of these damaged superheroes will test the problems that each of these individuals has. From mental illness to trust issues, each of the Defenders struggles with their own personal demons. The group will have to work together in the new miniseries ordered by Netflix. The miniseries will be eight episodes long and be a limited series event.

      A group of four troubled heroes join together to save the city they all call home. A blind devil, broken detective, science experiment, and prodigal son returned will form the Defenders and somehow find a way to save New York City.