Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

This is the last trailer for Defenderswhich will be released on Netflix tomorrow.

The long-awaited Neflix series Defenders premieres tomorrow, bringing together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist – all of whom have already starred in their own series for the streaming network. The last Defenders trailer teases us with our longest look yet at villain Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver). And she’s just the right kind of evil.

We’ve already seen in the other previews of the series that the dynamics between the Defenders are shaky at best. Jessica and Luke are still mad at each other, Daredevil likes to work alone, and everyone is laughing at poor Iron Fist. We’ve heard some funny one-liners between our heroes and the repeated refrain that they’re not, Surely not, a team. But they will have to become one to defeat Alexandra.

Weaver plays Alexandra as smooth, cool and in control. We know next to nothing about her because she’s not from the Marvel comics, so she was created especially for this show. Based on the trailers, she appears to be some sort of corporate executive, giving a violent new meaning to “hostile takeover.” She is also a master manipulator and tries to get the defenders on her side (she is already working with Elektra). “We’re not that different,” she cooed to them in an earlier trailer. “We are fighting to get back what was once ours.”

When it comes to figuring out who Alexandra is, I’m especially curious about one line in the new trailer. When the Defenders ask what she wants, Alexandra says, “Same thing I’ve always wanted. Bringing light into the dark. Bringing life where death is.’ I wonder if she’s a figure like the biotech business maniac Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) in the recent Netflix movie ok. Is she working on some sort of life-extending technology, or is she looking for something that will create more people, like the inexplicably strong Jessica and Luke?

I also think it’s crucial that Alexandra is a fascinating, charismatic villain. One of the best parts of Luke Cage was how Mariah became such an amoral mastermind despite its seemingly benign goal of elevating the people of Harlem. Alexandra also wants to do good things for humanity, or so it seems. We have a lot of villains like Thanos, who are tautologically bad (bad because bad). I always prefer to watch a villain who has done the dark psychological work of turning her worthy ideals into something horrific.

Can’t wait to binge this series this weekend.

List image by Netflix

By akfire1

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