Defending The Defenders

Written by: Mike Frans


Acclaimed for gritty realism and it’s choreography.

Jessica Jones.

Acclaimed for it’s bold and complex storytelling.

Luke Cage.

Acclaimed for it’s authenticity and style.

Iron Fist.


They all come together for an Avengers-lite adventure, and they all bring their strengths (and weaknesses) with them.

Before I continue I’ll admit that I didn’t dislike IRON FIST as much as, well, everyone else did. I recognized the poor writing, poor action scenes, poor storytelling and in some cases poor acting – but I still had a bit of fun, “shrug”.

The Defenders remind me a lot of The Avengers in the sense that the hero-ebsemble is where it shines. Their first encounters, or in one case a reunion, are the highlight of the show to me. Even Iron Fist kind of “works” better in the sense that it’s acknowledged by all that he’s a bit of a doofus who packs a punch (sometimes).

Where it doesn’t shine, much like The Avengers movies, is the villains. None of the Hand villains ever really steal the show. They also seem way less intimidating/capable compared to what they’re built up to be. And none of the actors pull a Kingpin/Kilgrave/Cottonmouth where they force the viewer to pay attention to them. Electra’s cool but other than one big plot-twist she doesn’t really do THAT much. Neither do any of the Hand leadership.

It’s a fun show to watch, but not a great one. Due to the vague threat and lack of well written/menacing villains The Defenders never really get a chance to shine, instead it’s best parts are simply the banter and relationships between the heroes. Which is enough to make it a worthwhile watch, but perhaps not the greatest priority – if you haven’t seen the other shows, please do (Iron Fist you can speed through).

My rating of the MNU (Marvel Netflix Universe):

Jessica Jones 9/10

Daredevil 9/10

Luke Cage 8/10 (needed more Cottonmouth)

Daredevil 2 7.5/10

Defenders 6.5

Iron Fist 5/10

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