Meet NYC’s heroes—Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’

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MJ MARFORI

New York City—Netflix and Marvel made sure In The Know felt every bit like a New Yorker last week when we were invited to cover the red carpet premiere of their latest superhero offering, Marvel’s “The Defenders,” in Tribeca.

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We stayed at the JW Marriot Essex Hotel by Central Park South, which was truly in the middle of everything and right across the world famous open space.

We also got a taste of the afterparty at The Standard by the High Line in Chelsea and got to chat and rub elbows with the stars of the series like it was a casual night out.

“Marvel’s The Defenders” follows Daredevil AKA Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist AKA Danny Rand (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 reluctantly realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

In The Know with Krysten Ritter

The series is executive produced by showrunner Marco Ramirez (Marvel’s “Daredevil Season 2,” “Fear the Walking Dead”) whom we got to chat with, and who said that never in his wildest dreams did he think this mini-series would come into fruition.

“To be honest when I started working on Daredevil season one I never thought I would be writing The Defenders but as the shows came out and as a writer I fell in love with each and every one of the characters.”

Meanwhile, Marvel’s head of Television Jeph Loeb said that more than just being Marvel Television’s most ambitious project, “I think that The Defenders is the most ambitious television project to date, period. We really set out to do something that had never been done in the history of television. From the very beginning, we started and committed to four separate television series, not knowing whether any of them would work. The idea was that at the end of completing all four of them, we would take all of our actors, not knowing if any of them would even be suitable for the roles, and put them together in a story where they would interact with each other and fight a common problem. That’s an extraordinary journey. We had looked at the model that the Marvel film studio division had used where they committed to Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America, without knowing that those movies were going to be successful movies, and they decided they were going to make ‘The Avengers.’ The idea is that if the shows work, then when you put them all together The Defenders should work too.”

The Defenders is the miniseries that will bring together all of Marvel’s Netflix stars, including Iron Fist (Finn Jones) Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), and Luke Cage (Mike Colter), to protect New York City from its greatest threat yet.

According to Mike, The Defenders are not your ordinary superheroes, and they appear to be more human and relatable to the binge watchers.

With Mike Colter

“All of our shows seems to be darker and more personal,” he said.

Charlie added, “For the fans of any of the marvel shows, what they’re going to enjoy about this is how the characters meet, what brings them inside the same room and the silly banter among them.”

Marvel’s The Defenders is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix. All eight original episodes of Marvel’s The Defenders will premiere exclusively August 18 on Netflix.

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GUESS WHO? These two fed off one another’s fame. Word is, when they were starting out, they were dating the same man. One of them was the “official” and the other the mistress. They hated each other’s guts and avoided one another in parties, until one day, they were cast in a single project. Neither one could not back out because they were just newbies and needed a break. It was then that people took notice how hot they looked together so both of them decided to appear as friends. Today, they’ve got a bond going but it isn’t as close as what they portray it to be on social media.

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Until next week! Ta-ta!

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