Thanks to Marvel and Netflix, we are getting The Defenders in our lives soon. But why are we beyond excited for this series? Yes, for comic book fans this is huge. With the amazing Nirvana song in the teaser for SDCC, we are introduced to the Defenders- Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Here’s everything you need to know about the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen.
Matt Murdock lost his sight to a chemical spill in a freak accident when he was a child. Even though he was left blind, the radioactive exposure heightened his remaining senses beyond normal human ability and gave him a “radar sense”. He was supported by his father who was a boxer. Later his father was killed by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight. Matt Murdock became a vigilante by night, fought against enemies like Bullseye, and his greatest rival, Kingpin. His day job is a lawyer.
Jessica Jones got her powers from a very similar accident where her family was killed. The radiation exposure gave her super strength, immunity, and flight (which she never fully mastered). Her superhero career was brief after she came in contact with the Purple Man, Killgrave. Killgrave used his power of mind control to put Jessica under his command, psychologically torturing her, making her his accomplice in crime. Later, disheartened, Jessica gave up her superhero life and opened her own private detective agency, Alias Investigations. She also has an on and off affair with Luke Cage.
Danny Rand, also known as Iron Fist, is the son of a wealthy entrepreneur who discovered the mystical city of K’un L’un. During one of their trips to K’un L’un, Danny’s parents die, and he’s taken in as an apprentice to Lei Kung, by the hooded ruler of K’un L’un where he learns martial arts. He becomes an amazing warrior and after fighting and defeating a dragon, he attains the power of the mystical force known as Iron Fist, which allows him to summon and focus his chi. With his new powers, Danny wants to fight for the regular people, even though he’s wealthy.
Luke Cage grew up in Hell’s Kitchen, he was almost always into crime. Eventually that got him framed for something he didn’t do and he went to prison, where he is experimented on by a scientist who wanted to recreate the Super Soldier Serum taken by Captain America. When one of the guards try to kill Luke by leaving him inside the machine, unattended, for too long, instead of it killing him, the process gave him superhuman strength and durability, making him almost indestructible. Luke Cage teams up with Iron Fist later and becomes the duo, Heroes for Hire. While Iron Fist is wealthy, Luke Cage needs the money. They rent themselves out to protect people and fight crime.