What Critics Are Saying About Marvel's The Defenders

by | August 3, 2017 | Comments

Early reviews of The Defenders on Netflix seem to confirm the streaming giant’s Marvel-adaptation dominance — outside of Disney’s blockbuster film franchise, of course. With an early 80% Tomatometer score on 10 reviews, the superhero ensemble series that brings together Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) is on a path to Certified Fresh status.

Early Reactions


David Betancourt, Washington Post
“The coming together of the streaming service’s four superhero shows — each with varying styles on how to be a hero — works in part because of how they focus on why such a get-together shouldn’t work at all.”

Alexander Zalben, TV Guide
“Where Avengers was epic spectacle on a global scale, Defenders is far more concerned with the characters. It’s a slow burn, not an explosion. For some fans coming in expecting fireworks immediately, this might seem to be a detriment; but I’d argue that’s where the Netflix model excels.”


Kelly Lawler, USA Today
“Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and even Iron Fist deserve better. And it’s gratifying to remember that three of them will likely have better series to return to once they finish this mission. There’s no shame in admitting defeat, even for superheroes. Some acts are just better off going solo.”

Alan Sepinwall, Uproxx
“It would be nice if at some point, both show and team could justify their existence as something more than a package Marvel put together years ago in the hopes everything would work out.”

Keep checking Marvel’s The Defenders season 1 page on Rotten Tomatoes for more reviews.

Adjusted Score: 82.347%
Critics Consensus: Marvel's The Defenders further develops well-known characters in an action-packed arc whose payoff packs more than enough of a punch to offset its flaws.
Synopsis: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage team up to protect New York City.... [More]

Tag Cloud

Character Guide CMT 2017 Cosplay GIFs Trailer GLAAD Super Bowl Marathons Syfy Calendar Election political drama Grammys crime thriller TruTV crime Mary Tyler Moore police drama The CW ITV CNN cinemax WGN Certified Fresh Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt American Society of Cinematographers RT History Warner Bros. thriller E! AMC Esquire Marvel DirecTV Nominations FOX Emmys TBS Universal Showtime Tumblr Red Carpet 2015 Reality Competition Winter TV diversity Comedy Central Starz TIFF Animation TLC Ellie Kemper Sundance cats Amazon Opinion Extras E3 Country Pirates Writers Guild of America Mindy Kaling vampires Teen A&E ABC Family Toys Musical IFC NYCC Thanksgiving BET Food Network Trivia Fantasy politics Star Wars Biopics social media Lifetime HBO boxoffice El Rey Musicals Disney Year in Review Adult Swim Sci-Fi Infographic Cartoon Network Lionsgate TCA 2017 Disney Channel travel Awards transformers Rocky Mystery Crackle PaleyFest biography USA Podcast Comic Book Fall TV CBS docudrama GoT YA period drama Rom-Com VICE Superheroes ABC 24 frames Holidays talk show Netflix supernatural LGBTQ cooking OWN Nat Geo Horror X-Men MSNBC Valentine's Day sitcom aliens Set visit psycho Ghostbusters Fox News PBS CBS All Access Freeform 007 BBC America Sneak Peek TV Land based on movie The Arrangement Rock Premiere Dates war Hulu TV Paramount adventure Masterpiece VH1 Music crime drama First Look Reality comiccon 2016 Interview Spring TV TCA Drama dramedy discovery singing competition Best and Worst Watching Series composers ESPN zombie cops DC Comics harry potter Action Nickelodeon Oscars Polls and Games SundanceTV Star Trek TNT History APB technology Photos Tomatazos sports Video Games DC Universe TCM Winners FX Kids & Family Summer President Countdown historical drama Martial Arts Bravo Comedy Box Office BBC FXX SDCC Dark Horse Comics MTV NBC Logo 45 Schedule serial killer science fiction Pop