Earlier this month, fans of Marvel’s Netflix series had a bombshell dropped on them when the studio announced Sigourney Weaver had been cast for The Defenders. The acclaimed actress will play the main villain of the eight-episode miniseries when it airs later next year. Attendees at New York Comic Con were stunned by the news, and now Charlie Cox is commenting on the actress’ casting.
The actor spoke with San Antonio Current about his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Cox was quick to praise Weaver’s addition.
“You know, when she came on stage with us at New York Comic Con, I wanted to say, ‘In Hell’s Kitchen, no one hears you scream.’ I don’t think it gets better than Sigourney Weaver,” he said.
“I think we are immensely lucky to have her. It’s a testament to shows like Daredevil and Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. The quality of those shows have drawn someone of her caliber, which is very exciting for us. I can't wait to read it and have a scene with her. It’s one of the experiences I’ll probably remember for the rest of my career.”
Of course, Cox isn’t wrong with his observations. Series such as Daredevil and Luke Cage have been critically lauded by both fans and professionzals. Netflix’s partnership with Marvel Television has let the latter explore a grittier, dark6jikooer aesthetic that would not fly with general moviegoers. Jessica Jones even nabbed a Primetime Emmy Award for its complex storyline and heart-wrenching depiction of sexual trauma.
When the vigilantes of Hell’s Kitchen finally team up in The Defenders, fans can expect to see a an exciting crossover. Marvel TV’s head, Jeph Loeb, spoke to ComicBook.com about his excitement over the epic mash-up.
"Am I looking forward to the day when they all get together? Yes!” he said. “But the part that's exciting to me isn't that they may be able to be fighting some great big bad, it's that we've been able to take the time so that you can get to know Matt Murdock, get to know Jessica Jones, get to know Luke Cage, get to know Danny Rand, and each of them have their own 13 hour story, in some cases more than that, and really get invested in who those heroes are."
Fans still have to wait a bit longer to see the sought after series hit Netflix. Marvel’s Iron Fist and The Punisher are slated to debut before The Defenders, but that doesn’t mean fans will have to go without updates. Just today, Marvel TV confirmed that S.J. Clarkson would direct the first two episode of the series.
“S.J.'s take on the material is outstanding. We loved her work on Marvel’s Jessica Jones and couldn’t think of a more talented and accomplished person to helm the first two episodes of Marvel’s The Defenders,” said Marvel’s Head of Television and Executive Producer, Jeph Loeb in the release.
The Defenders stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist. It was recently announced that Academy Award and Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner, Sigourney Weaver will also join the cast. Marco Ramirez (Marvel’s Daredevil”) and Doug Petrie (Marvel’s Daredevil”) are executive producers along with Drew Goddard ("Marvel's Daredevil," "The Martian") and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel's Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel's Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage").
Marvel's The Defenders will debut in 2017, one of three Marvel/Netflix collaborations that year, after Iron Fist. The Punisher, the first spin-off series, will also land in 2017. Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and two seasons of Daredevil are streaming now on Netflix.