Yeah, I have a weakness for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I admit it. I spent way more money on comics than I’d like to think about throughout my younger years, and while I’ve phased out of comic buying, I’m firmly entrenched in the MCU and each new release feels like an event.
That especially feels true with Defenders. As a huge Daredevil fan, the announcement of a Daredevil Netflix series several years back filled me with frantic anticipation. But the news that it would throw the first stone in an effort to establish a “street level” MCU culminating in a Defenders series? That was even better. Regardless of what people think of the MCU now, I still hold firm that the lead up and execution of the original Avengers film was one of the greatest events in cinematic history. Looking past the actual quality of the films (which seems to be in fierce argument these days) the coordination and forethought involved in creating this universe is pretty amazing. So amazing that it’s shaped a decade of Hollywood as other studios scramble to try and mimic Marvel’s success.
Season One of Daredevil was like a 13 episode dream for me, seeing my all time favorite Marvel character treated with care and executed to perfection kept me smiling for thirteen straight hours. Season two was more of the same.
But really, it was the pleasant surprise of Jessica Jones (a character I never had any attachment for) and Luke Cage that made me a fan of this new Netflix universe. Iron Fist didn’t hold to the same standard, unfortunately, but still… the fact that we’re less than 24 hours away from another Marvel Cinematic event is enough to keep that smile on my face all day long.
I cannot wait to see Daredevil and Jessica Jones side-by-side. I can’t wait to see the first stage in the Heroes for Hire duo of Luke Cage and Iron Fist. I can’t wait for Elektra’s return, for more of the Hand, and to see just what the hell is up with Sigourney Weaver’s character.
This is going to be a hell of a weekend.