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'The Defenders' trailer unites Netflix's Marvel universe

Netflix's superhero quartet is ready to save New York.
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Five seasons of Netflix-Marvel goodness (or, in the case of Iron Fist, mediocrity) have all built up to this. Building on last month's teaser, Netflix has released the first full-blown trailer for The Defenders. Like The Avengers movies, the project is a culmination of many interlocking 'cinematic universe' ideas. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist -- all four TV shows stand on their own, but share characters, lore and the occasional cameo appearance that bind them together. The Defenders, a team-up of New York's street-level heroes, will prove whether Netflix can deliver such an ambitious, expensive crossover project in the streaming world.

The trailer shows Jessica Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, in an interrogation room with detective Misty Knight. Before the two can exchange vocal fisticuffs, Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) bursts into the room, explaining that he's now Jones' attorney. The teaser then cuts to Harlem hero Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who crosses paths with mystical martial arts expert Danny Rand (Finn Jones). All four are soon forced to work together against a greater threat, Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver). Plenty of Marvel-Netflix side characters make an appearance too, including Elektra, Daredevil's teacher 'Stick' and she-only-saves-everyone Claire Temple.

It's a fast, witty video that hints at the chemistry all four superheroes will share on screen. The mini-series will be released globally on August 18th, 2017, so you've got plenty of time to binge-watch the existing shows, should you have managed to somehow avoid them until now.

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