When Marvel's The Defenders debuts in August, it will show Netflix's Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes going up against Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver). But according to Weaver, her character's motivations might not be as clear-cut as fans expect.
During a roundtable at this month's San Diego Comic-Con, Weaver revealed that her character doesn't necessarily see herself as a villain.
“I was doing an interview earlier and I kept referring to her as a heroine, which to me is like another word for woman character." Weaver explained. "I said I think she does feel it in her story like she’s a heroine, because she doesn’t see things as black and white. She sees all the different colors and possibilities because she’s in business."
As Weaver revealed, Alexandra seeing her efforts in a positive light - despite the obvious wreckage she is causing around Hell's Kitchen - had pretty strong roots in the real world.
"I don’t think businesspeople, especially on her scale, care about these niceties of things." Weaver revealed. "If it’s a fossil fuel company, they want to just keep going, regardless of all these people whimpering about the earth. So I based her on real people I know who think like that."
With that mindset - and a strong connection to the long-mysterious Hand - fans can expect quite a fight when Alexandra takes on The Defenders in August.
Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.
Marvel's The Defenders is developed by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez. The miniseries will also feature Sigourney Weaver as the villain, Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver), and several recurring guest stars from Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage, and Marvel's Iron Fist, including Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Scott Glenn as Stick, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing.
Marvel's The Defenders premieres on Netflix on Aug. 18, 2017.