April 4, 2017


Marvel & Netflix Share 'The Defenders' Release Date & Teaser

Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Netflix
Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Netflix

Fans of Marvel's Netflix series came into 2017 knowing that both Iron Fist and The Defenders would hit their screens. A couple weeks after Fist debuted to poor reviews, the posse series released a teaser announcing the release date: Aug. 18, 2017.

The 15-second clip shows Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Iron Fist doing superheroic things standing together pensively in an elevator. Entertainment Weekly notes they're at Midland Circle Financial, "the mysterious corporation at the center of that literal hole in Daredevil Season 2." Jones smashes the camera right as the timer in the upper right corner hits 08:18:20:17.

Here's Marvel's teaser:

For more numerology, folks tried putting the upper left corner's numbers in as a URL, and, voila, found themselves at a website for the New York Bulletin. The real-in-the-MCU-only newspaper mentions each of our heroes and has a tiny, disclaimer-ish note at the bottom confirming the release date.

Netflix and Marvel's five-series plan was announced in full back in November 2013. The universe began with Daredevil (the only hero to have two seasons so far) in April 2015; Jessica Jones came that November, then Luke Cage in September '16.

Next, watch Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso preview the ways the comic-book empire will sync up with its movie and television offerings in 2017: