Marvel have released their latest superhero series, The Defenders.

After airing The Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Daredevil, Marvel were always headed towards an Avengers style merger where some of their biggest names all come together and form a super team for the best possible viewing figures.

After roughly 8 hours of day-off/rest day binging, we managed to get through the new series and here’s our verdict.

 

Overview

This isn’t a classic series that you’re going to remember for the next 10 years, but it’s certainly worth a watch during down-time.

The series and the formation of the defenders is slow to get going. It takes around 3 of the 8 episodes before we see all 4 of the characters together.

The general plot is pretty solid, it makes sense and the combined purpose of the defenders is clear, “take down the hand”.

The action and camera time is evenly spread throughout the 4 main characters and their lives, with their gifts and abilities being showcased when needed.

Although the series is in an 8 episode format, you can’t help but feel like everything could’ve been congested into a single 1-2 hour episode. The same plot line repeats itself a few times over and threatens to take off but never does. It’s not until the final 2 episodes that anything worth noting really takes place.

 

Talking Points

The action scenes/fight scenes are extremely good. Not only do the defenders take on their enemies, but in many cases they take on each other which creates a few very exciting situations.

There’s no outstanding hero. In the Avengers for example, it’s clear that The Hulk is the real game changer, however in the Defenders all characters seem to be just as strong as each other and nobody consistently comes out on-top. Even Luke Cage gets knocked down and out reguarly.

 

Disappointments

The Main Villain. The weakest character is Alexandra who happens to be the main villain. She has no abilities other than who she can call upon to fight for her which is a little weird.

Iron Fist Never Uses His Fist. As someone called the iron fist, you’d expect to see the appearance of the iron fist quite a bit. However he uses his most valuable weapon only when the team seem to be losing. It begs the question, “Why didn’t you just lead with that?”

Just Use A Gun. All of the battles involve martial arts, brute force or swords. When Misty Knight comes through a side door in the final episode and uses a gun to drop a member of “the hand” effortlessly, it makes you wonder why the defenders aren’t just rolling around with shotguns making the whole thing easier for themselves. You find yourself questioning if the Punisher would’ve finished the entire fight in the first 5 minutes.

3 Wasted Episodes. All of the groundwork to set up the defenders should’ve been done in the individual series. However the first 3 episodes are used to set everything up which takes away from the action, fight scenes and abilities that we all want to see.

 

Series 2?

With the ending featuring a Daredevil revival and the mention of his Mother Maggie, it suggests that round 2 of the individual series may continue in an attempt to set up the defenders 2. We’ve seen this on the big screen from Marvel so it seems likely that they’ll follow that trend again here.

There’s also a post credits scene with The Punisher, which means that a new series featuring The Punisher is certain, and a future cross-over with the defenders may occur.

 

Overall Rating:

6/10 – It’s okay, but a lot more could’ve been done in our opinion. The Luke Cage stand alone series is by far the best thus far and The Defenders failed to live up to this level.

Marvel have released their latest superhero series, The Defenders.

After airing The Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Daredevil, Marvel were always headed towards an Avengers style merger where some of their biggest names all come together and form a super team for the best possible viewing figures.

After roughly 8 hours of day-off/rest day binging, we managed to get through the new series and here's our verdict.

 

Overview

This isn't a classic series that you're going to remember for the next 10 years, but it's certainly worth a watch during down-time.

The series and the formation of the defenders is slow to get going. It takes around 3 of the 8 episodes before we see all 4 of the characters together.

The general plot is pretty solid, it makes sense and the combined purpose of the defenders is clear, "take down the hand".

The action and camera time is evenly spread throughout the 4 main characters and their lives, with their gifts and abilities being showcased when needed.

Although the series is in an 8 episode format, you can't help but feel like everything could've been congested into a single 1-2 hour episode. The same plot line repeats itself a few times over and threatens to take off but never does. It's not until the final 2 episodes that anything worth noting really takes place.

 

Talking Points

The action scenes/fight scenes are extremely good. Not only do the defenders take on their enemies, but in many cases they take on each other which creates a few very exciting situations.

There's no outstanding hero. In the Avengers for example, it's clear that The Hulk is the real game changer, however in the Defenders all characters seem to be just as strong as each other and nobody consistently comes out on-top. Even Luke Cage gets knocked down and out reguarly.

 

Disappointments

The Main Villain. The weakest character is Alexandra who happens to be the main villain. She has no abilities other than who she can call upon to fight for her which is a little weird.

Iron Fist Never Uses His Fist. As someone called the iron fist, you'd expect to see the appearance of the iron fist quite a bit. However he uses his most valuable weapon only when the team seem to be losing. It begs the question, "Why didn't you just lead with that?"

Just Use A Gun. All of the battles involve martial arts, brute force or swords. When Misty Knight comes through a side door in the final episode and uses a gun to drop a member of "the hand" effortlessly, it makes you wonder why the defenders aren't just rolling around with shotguns making the whole thing easier for themselves. You find yourself questioning if the Punisher would've finished the entire fight in the first 5 minutes.

3 Wasted Episodes. All of the groundwork to set up the defenders should've been done in the individual series. However the first 3 episodes are used to set everything up which takes away from the action, fight scenes and abilities that we all want to see.

 

Series 2?

With the ending featuring a Daredevil revival and the mention of his Mother Maggie, it suggests that round 2 of the individual series may continue in an attempt to set up the defenders 2. We've seen this on the big screen from Marvel so it seems likely that they'll follow that trend again here.

There's also a post credits scene with The Punisher, which means that a new series featuring The Punisher is certain, and a future cross-over with the defenders may occur.

 

Overall Rating:

6/10 - It's okay, but a lot more could've been done in our opinion. The Luke Cage stand alone series is by far the best thus far and The Defenders failed to live up to this level.