By Shirley Li
Updated January 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST
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Versions of these stories originally appeared in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now, or available here. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

A blind vigilante, a powerful P.I., an indestructible ex-con, and a mystical martial artist are here to protect New York City. This is Marvel‘s long-awaited anti-hero team, The Defenders. Read EW’s complete coverage below.

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EW’s cover story takes you inside the making of The Defenders, along with first looks at the characters and catch-up guides to each of the stand-alone series.

First Looks

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Meet Sigourney Weaver’s Alexandra, the villain of Marvel’s The Defenders impressive enough to draw the attention of Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones).

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Check out new episodics and exclusive portraits from Marvel’s The Defenders.

Background

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Showrunner Marco Ramirez spoke to EW about putting together The Defenders, the unique way the show has tackled working with other writers’ rooms, and what to expect when the series finally airs.

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Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb thought of The Defenders while watching The Avengers for the fifth time, on DVD, back in 2013.

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It would be a Marvel Comics’ fan’s dream come true: a crossover of epic proportions, of characters coming together from their individual worlds, to work as a team. But will it happen?

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Entertainment Weekly: The Show offers Marvel newcomers and experts alike a quick breakdown of how the Avengers films (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, etc.) and the Defenders series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, etc.) are all connected.

Character Previews

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Between takes shooting Marvel’s The Defenders, Cox spoke with EW about Matt’s new low, where Daredevil begins in the team-up series, and what it was like to be the first Defender with a stand-alone show, all those years ago (okay, just three — but still!).

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Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) may have wiped that smile off of Kilgrave’s (David Tennant) face, but her takedown of the mind controller in Jessica Jones season 1 only makes things more difficult for the Alias Investigations P.I.

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Luke Cage (Mike Colter) may have been carted back to Seagate Prison at the end of his stand-alone series, but don’t worry — he won’t be there for long.

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Iron Fist star Finn Jones talks Danny’s stand-alone series, the character’s dynamic with Luke (Mike Colter) in The Defenders, and what it was like joining the cast.

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The nurse played by Rosario Dawson will see a lot more action when she arrives in The Defenders — and according to Luke Cage star Mike Colter, some of that action will involve grabbing “coffee” with Luke.

Behind the Scenes Extras

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EW photo editor Michele Romero describes what happens when the four Defenders unite for an action-packed shoot in this gallery.

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Sporting a scooter the EW team brought to help travel around the space, Colter spent much of his downtime zipping across the warehouse and trying new tricks.

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Charlie Cox wasn’t a fan of comic books before being cast as Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, but he quickly became one, studying up on the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen’s long print-and-panel history to dive into the role.

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Krysten Ritter still has to finish shooting Marvel’s The Defenders, but she’s already looking forward to more.

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They may seem like old friends now, but the four stars of Marvel’s The Defenders — Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Finn Jones (Iron Fist) — had a memorably raucous first meeting.

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When the Defenders stars finally gathered for their first scene together, EW asked each of the cast members to compare their personalities to their superhero counterparts. Here’s how they broke it down.

Watch: The Defenders cast introduce themselves at their cover shoot

Marvel’s The Defenders arrives on Netflix this summer.

Episode Recaps

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