By Shirley Li
January 18, 2017 at 06:00 AM EST

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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.

Meet Marvel’s The Defenders — as they meet for the first time

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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

The Defenders first look: Meet Sigourney Weaver’s villain — and learn her name

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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).

See Exclusive Photos of Marvel’s The Defenders

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


The Defenders EP talks juggling four heroes — and the ‘crisis’ that unites them

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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.

How Marvel’s street-level heroes landed on Netflix

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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.

Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb on whether the show will connect to Marvel’s films

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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?

We made you a Marvel Nerd Map, from The Avengers to The Defenders

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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

Daredevil is ‘a little bit lost’ at the start of the series, says Charlie Cox

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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!).

Krysten Ritter teases ‘cat-and-mouse’ dynamic with Daredevil

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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.

Mike Colter talks Luke Cage’s friendship with Iron Fist

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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.

Finn Jones previews Iron Fist, Danny’s team-building role

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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.

How Claire Temple fits into the series

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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

Behind the Scenes of EW’s Cover Shoot

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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.

Watch Mike Colter zip around EW’s cover shoot

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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.

Charlie Cox wants to see this comic book moment come to life


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.

Krysten Ritter is already in for a ‘Defenders 2’

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

The Defenders met for the first time at an ‘insane’ New York Comic Con

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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.

The Defenders stars on their similarities, differences to their characters

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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.