Four Marvel superheroes star in The Defenders TV series that brings together Luke Cage, Jessica JonesDaredevil, and Iron Fist into one story planned to air on Netflix in late 2017. Managing four ongoing storylines as they criss cross each other and then converge in a new series is a script writing juggling act.

The Defenders will bring all four strong, yet also strong-willed, characters together – Luke Cage with his bulletproof skin, incredible strength, and huge grudge against Jessica Jones for killing his wife with her own supernatural strength. Danny Rand is fighting the demons of his past and Daredevil is the ultimate gloomy anti-hero. Can they all just get along?

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The journey to 'The Defenders'

Marvel's dark, crime ridden New York City is the most obvious common thread that runs through all four Netflix TV series. There has been some interweaving of characters and plot all along. Foggy left Matt Murdock's legal partnership in the last episode of Daredevil Season 2, only to accept an offer to work with Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) of Jessica Jones. Jeri will also appear in Iron Fist. Nurse Claire Temple, played by Rosario Dawson, has appeared in Daredevil and Jessica so far, and is set to become the superhero go-to nurse for all four New Yorkers.

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Luke Cage was introduced as Jessica Jones' steamy love interest.

Charlie Cox, who stars as blind lawyer and the title character in Daredevil, confirmed that the plot of Daredevil Season 3 would be influenced by the Defenders story arc. He was quoted by MCUExchange speaking at a panel discussion at the Wizard World Chicago convention recently, saying Daredevil would learn some lessons in teamwork from his Defenders experience. In Daredevil Season 2, the superhero meets up with Claire Temple at the hospital and Claire has a cut on one eyebrow. That cut comes from the Luke Cage storyline, putting Daredevil Season 2 and Luke Cage Season 1 into same time frame.

Keeping track of Marvel on Netflix

It will take fans a bit of organizing, and a lot of binge watching, to keep track of all the Marvel superhero action as it leads up to and then beyond The Defenders. Luke Cage will drop on September 30 on Netflix, making his story the next to add to the growing New York narrative. Iron Fist has yet to join the fray. Industry insiders believe the series will debut in the spring of 2017, before The Defenders. In Iron Fist, Danny Rand is a man with a troubled past, returning to New York City to use supernatural martial arts forces of the Himalayas to fight crime.

The Defenders is set to begin filming by the end of this year, with a release date later in 2017.

Daredevil Season 3 will air after The Defenders debuts, probably in 2018 or close to it. Jessica Jones Season 2 will likely also be aired in 2018 after The Defenders, with rumors of multiple villains and complications for the P.I. to tackle. Marvel and Netflix have confirmed the continuation of both series.

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