Were you one of the many Marvel fans who binge-watched the entire first season of Marvel’s The Defenders this past weekend? Us, too! It marks Netflix’s super-heroic team-up and big bad showdown that’s been the bread and butter of comic books from the very start — and it did not disappoint. While there’s a lot to enjoy here from The Defenders’ eight-hour runtime, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite fan takeaways. See what you had to say below.
First thing’s first, a lot of people were looking forward to this Marvel series, with buzz brewing for months about how Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), and Danny Rand/the Iron Fist (Finn Jones) would come to not only meet, but join forces against a common enemy. What would be the thing to bring them together? Thankfully, it was not the death of their beloved Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) as some speculated, but rather the rise of the Hand with the immortal Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver) at its helm — or, perhaps, at its middle finger?
— Jon-Peter Buzio (@jpbuzio) August 21, 2017
#TheDefenders was top notch. It's what a comic book series can be when there's not a fanbase trying to force their agenda and Ep's pandering
— SuperCanary (@KalEl84) August 19, 2017
— best of defenders (@Defenders_) August 21, 2017
And while others had complaints about the series’ pacing in the beginning (there’s admittedly a lot of exposition in the first steps of getting these Marvel outsiders together), if the final hallway sequence of episode 103 didn’t dish out what you were looking for, you may want to recheck your dietary restrictions.
— Andy Signore (@andysignore) August 21, 2017
— SuperBroMovies (@SuperBroMovies) August 18, 2017
And did anyone else note the series’ use of color? The blue, green, red, and yellow-tinged frames while separately reintroducing our heroes allowed for subtle characterizations and was a fine bit of filmmaking.
Seems like #TheDefenders really loves playing with colour themes whenever one of the heroes is on-screen.
— Dylan Feyfield (@theseigisniper) August 21, 2017
— Best of Marvel (@thebestofmarvel) August 19, 2017
— Dani Perea (@DYPerea) August 20, 2017
Six episodes in and Danny Rand is still the worst part about #TheDefenders
— J (@TWSTEDX) August 20, 2017
Danny Rand: I'm the Immortal Iron Fist.
Luke, Jessica and Matt: i'M tHE imMorTAl irOn fISt.#TheDefenders
— (@JHerondaleW) August 20, 2017
— Lamar Giles (@LRGiles) August 20, 2017
what #TheDefenders brings?
Daredevil : story
Jessica Jones : sass
Luke Cage : MUSIC!
Iron fist : money? pic.twitter.com/KzdptJJOpN
— Shashank (@KayShankz) August 19, 2017
— Shianne (@cheyenneshianne) August 19, 2017
Danny Rand is the Jar Jar Binks of #TheDefenders
— Maverick Gamers News (@MaverickGamersX) August 18, 2017
Lucky for Danny, other viewers ran to his defense.
Danny's kung fu is clearly better than it was during Iron Fist season one. #TheDefenders
— Rod (@rodimusprime) August 21, 2017
— 💖DRAMA PRINCESS👑 (@DramaDuchess) August 18, 2017
It’s easy to pick on the guy, but it’s safe to say that no other moment from this first season had as much social relevance (and few others were as emotionally gratifying) as Luke calling Danny out on his white privilege. Plus, their relationship and constant banter overall was definitely a highlight this season.
— TIVI➰ (@downworldean) August 19, 2017
I love that #TheDefenders is basically just Luke Cage calling out Danny Rand on all the dumb shit he does.
— Austin (@AustinCTweets) August 19, 2017
Danny trying to fight Luke pic.twitter.com/PidCoYaTow
— The Joanin' Jōnin (@MeisterMahnIV) August 19, 2017
As Alexandra, people thought Sigourney Weaver did the villain role as The Hand’s HBIC juicy justice.
— Matt (@arealhumanbean_) August 18, 2017
— Stefanie Wildermann (@RealStefanieW) August 20, 2017
I'm so impressed by Sigourney Weaver here. Alexandra's well written and I'm sure compelling regardless but Weaver really stuns #TheDefenders
— Max Cooper (@MaxIvanCooper) August 20, 2017
But that doesn’t mean others didn’t get excited when she met an early demise episode 106 at the hands of fan-favorite Elektra — mid-monologue, no less! That’s how you do a twist.
— Élodie Yung Brasil (@BRElodieYung) August 21, 2017
— Jen Vargas (@JenniAVargas) August 19, 2017
— comicgirl (@mattmurdocswife) August 19, 2017
Ritter as Jessica Jones stole her scenes with quippy jabs and unmissable reaction shots — as if you’re surprised?
— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) August 20, 2017
— Lemi Uhlon™ (@Bespectacled_Cy) August 19, 2017
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) August 18, 2017
For all you comic book lovers out there, the pieces finally began coming together for the Misty Knight (Simone Missick) we know and love from The Defenders source material’s classic pages. But it’s been quite the long time coming! Did you think Misty was given enough to do this season?
— Krystal (@blerdocracy) August 20, 2017
— Britt Davis (@BrittDavis704) August 20, 2017
Even if you didn’t like the series (and fair enough, nothing’s perfect) …
"#TheDefenders could be better. It doesn't live up to expectations."
— defenders (@TheGreenFlash01) August 19, 2017
…. we’d bet that there were some lines that put a smile on your face no matter your hot take on the series was.
— G.O.C Live Tweets (@GocLiveTweets) August 19, 2017
— G.O.C Live Tweets (@GocLiveTweets) August 19, 2017
So sit back and enjoy!
— SuperBroMovies (@SuperBroMovies) August 20, 2017