Charlie Cox Addresses Defenders' "Mythical" and "Grounded" Balance

With Netflix and Marvel’s collaboration well underway with four established heroes, the [...]

With Netflix and Marvel's collaboration well underway with four established heroes, the companies are making due on their promise with their first big team-up series set to debut.

The debut of The Defenders is imminent, set to premiere in August, but fans have been primed with five seasons of superhero action focusing on individual team members Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.

The first three heroes' adventures tended to be grounded in reality. Although there was the occasional resurrection spell here and hypnotic super power there, they tended to dwell on a realistic take of vigilantism in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then Iron Fist came along with his mystical city of K'un L'un.

Fans might be worried about how Defenders will blend these seemingly disparate elements into a cohesive narrative, but series star Charlie Cox recently spoke to Empire about having these same concerns put to rest.

"I was concerned about how you could combine these worlds," the Daredevil actor said. "Tonally they feel so different. But it feels like all the characters have been respected, and the show has a tone of its own. [They've] kept it grounded, but at the same time it lives in a slightly mythical world."

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Daredevil's first season maintained a sense of realism—well, as much as it could for a kid being blinded by magical chemicals that give him super senses. And Jessica Jones took it a step further with her "abilities," not to mention the threat of Killgrave's persuasive powers. That show also introduced the bulletproof Luke Cage, though his own series dwelled more in the realm of "crime drama" than the others.

Iron Fist was obviously the most "mystical" of them all, but that only seemed to kick open a door that had already been pried open by the other series. It's not implausible to see everyone working together, or even dealing with a similar threat. These stories are based on comic books, after all. It's best just to accept them for what they are than to try and figure out how it all works.

Defenders premieres on Netflix August 18.

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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.

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