Su­per­heroes united

Ac­tors Char­lie Cox (Dare­devil) and Finn Jones (Iron Fist), plus showrun­ner Marco Ramirez, re­veal all on Marvel/net­flix’s The De­fend­ers

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The De­fend­ers joins the he­roes of Hell’s Kitchen – blind brawler Dare­devil, bil­lion­aire mar­tial artist iron Fist, bul­let­proof Luke Cage and hard­drink­ing pri­vate eye jes­sica jones – for a bat­tle royale…

IT WORKS AS A STAND­ALONE SE­RIES…

Char­lie: “We wanted a show that ap­pealed to ev­ery­body, so some­one new doesn’t find them­selves with no idea what’s go­ing on, while we don’t bore the hell out of fans. The De­fend­ers feels more tongue in cheek. How do you put Dare­devil in a room with jes­sica jones with­out her mak­ing a joke about his cos­tume? We em­brace that nat­u­ral hu­mour.”

JES­SICA JONES

Played by: Krys­ten Rit­ter Key skills: su­per-strength, sar­casm, al­co­hol in­take of a Wether­spoon’s uri­nal.

…WHILE PAY­ING HOMAGE TO EACH IN­DI­VID­UAL SHOW

Marco: “There’s the bru­tal, bloody fight scenes of Dare­devil, but also the Wu-tang nee­dle drops of Luke Cage.”

Finn: “When you have a scene that’s just jes­sica jones or

Luke Cage, for ex­am­ple, the tone ref­er­ences their world.”

SCI-FI LEG­END SIGOUR­NEY WEAVER PLAYS THE ENIG­MATIC ALEXAN­DRA – THE BIG BAD­DIE

Finn: “she upped the game. not be­cause her char­ac­ter is very fore­bod­ing, but be­cause she car­ries her­self like an icon. she el­e­vates the scenes.”

IRON FIST

Played by: Finn jones

Key skills: Kung fu prow­ess, money, fist glows in the dark.

THEY TAKE HALF A SEA­SON TO AS­SEM­BLE

Marco: “none of the char­ac­ters would be any­one’s side­kick. Af­ter four years of an­tic­i­pa­tion, we couldn’t have them start­ing out sit­ting round a ta­ble. They had to get there or­gan­i­cally.” Finn: “The first four episodes, we’re com­ing to­gether. But then events shake up the world. s**t hap­pens! All four De­fend­ers are changed by the end.”

IT’S SHORTER THAN NET­FLIX’S USUAL MARVEL MINI-SE­RIES

Finn: “it’s eight episodes of the su­per­heroes tak­ing on a threat big­ger than us all.” Char­lie: “Af­ter episode four, it heats up. Finn and i were read­ing the script for episode six. He was ahead and like, ‘oh s**t, dude, we fight!’ i was like, ‘What?’ Then he goes, ‘i win!’”

DARE­DEVIL

Played by: Char­lie Cox

Key skills: Blind lawyer by day, vig­i­lante by night, height­ened senses, Catholic guilt.

THERE ARE MORE FIGHTS THAN A GAL­LAGHER FAM­ILY RE­U­NION

Char­lie: “Two months be­fore, i’m in the gym ev­ery day. Dare­devil’s a street brawler, so ac­tion scenes are eas­ier for me than Finn’s.”

Finn: “Krys­ten [Rit­ter, who plays jes­sica jones] is the most hard­core in real life. she would knock any one of us out.”

IF THE AVENGERS ARE THE BEA­TLES, THE DE­FEND­ERS ARE THE RAMONES

Char­lie: “some­times su­per­heroes seem God-like. These shows make it feel you could walk past them in the street and have no idea.”

The De­fend­ers starts Au­gust 18 on Net­flix

LUKE CAGE

Played by: Mike Colter Key skills: Right­eous ex-con with ul­tra-clout and im­per­me­able skin.

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