Just for recap (for those who don't know):
- Foggy Nelson is Matt Murdock/Daredevil's best friend and former law partner. He split from Matt after losing the Punisher case in season 2, and was hired at Hogarth, Chao and Benowitz.
- Jeri Hogarth is a the high-powered attorney who hired Jessica Jones for detective work. After playing a dangerous game with Kilgrave, Jeri was violently mutilated. She recovered and helped mount Jessica Jones's defendse for killing Kilgrave. She then hired Foggy, and will also appear in Iron Fist.
- Malcolm was Jessica Jones's neighbor, a junkie who was secretly under Kilgrave's influence. At the end of the season, he was starting work for Jessica's detective agency.
It's easy to see how all of these characters would fit into The Defenders, given their proximity to all of the Netflix series, in one form or another - particularly for Jessica. It's been one example of how the Marvel Netflix shows have subtly woven their threads together, with another being the powerful elite (Hogarth, Mariah, Fisk, Iron Fist's Meachum family) and mystical threats (The Hand) that are amassing to threaten New York. And Sigourney Weaver's villain character hasn't even arrived on the scene yet!
...Needless to say, The Defenders are going to have their hands full.
Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are all available on Netflix. Iron Fist will premiere on March 17, 2017. The Defenders expected later in the year. The Punisher does not have a release date yet.