First ‘The Punisher’ Footage Finds Frank Castle on a War Path

Yeah, sure – every single Marvel superhero in existence will be teaming up in a year on the big screen; but to satiate you during this ‘Infinite’ winter, the Marvel B-Squad will be gearing up in less than a month… albeit on much smaller screen(s). And, by the by, I don’t say ‘B-Squad’ in a condescending or dismissive fashion. Luke CageDaredevilJessica Jones and Iron Fist have all made the most of their smaller scale TV roots, tackling far more adult content (rape, racism, ninjas) than their big screen counterparts. Ok, maybe not so much Iron Fist.  There’s a strong part of myself that *may* even be more excited for The Defenders than Avengers: Infinity War. ‘Heresy’, you say. But, hey, remember only one of these super-hero mash-ups co-stars Sigourney Weaver.

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In any case, The Defenders (Charlie CoxKristen RitterMike Colter & Finn Jones) took the stage of Hall H this evening to premiere the entire first episode of the new series! And, not to be outdone, Jon Bernthal also made a surprise appearance, showing a hell of a clip for The Punisher. For bullet point highlights/reactions of the footage & panel, read on below.

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    Jeff Loeb announces an Iron Fist Season Two. Yay?

  • Sigourney Weaver reveals her villainous character has a strong relationship with Elektra in The Defenders. She describes the relationship as one of the most interesting dynamics she’s ever played in her entire career.
  • Per Kristen Ritter: Jessica Jones doesn’t want to play with others in The Defenders. She very reluctantly joins the other heroes. “[Jessica] takes every opportunity to make fun of them, Daredevils suit, everything they do.” She brings the “sass and the funny” to the team.
  • And then the big surprise – Jeff Loeb announces they’ll be screening the ENTIRE first episode of The Defenders. I won’t get into too much detail here – but I’ll give you my (relatively) brief impressions on the series premiere. The Good: Sigourney Weaver. Whenever Weaver is on screen, the episode really gains momentum. It’s the ol’ mysterious bad guy with some equally mysterious agenda bit – but Weaver sells the enigmatic qualities of the character, adding a much needed layer of pathos to all the deliberately vague ‘bad guy plan’ talk. The Not So Good: The episode is really slow. Like really really slow. At times, it feels like less an episode of The Defenders, and more like the first fifteen minutes of the new seasons of Luke CageIron FistDaredevil and Jessica Jones stitched together at random intervals. What if I told you that The Defenders don’t even meet each other in the pilot of The Defenders? Now, yes, I know Netflix shows are notoriously slow – but it seems odd that the inciting incident of the episode happens in the last five seconds. This is just the pilot, so I’ll wait to pass final judgment until I can catch the next episode or two; but I’d be lying if I said my excitement for the series hasn’t been dialed back a notch. I can only hope that by episode two – one ‘Defender’ meets, at least, one of the others.

The Defenders premieres on Netflix August 18th

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