All four of The Defenders have seen some crap. In fact, they all continue to get themselves into seriously messed up situations time and time again, and probably need a good therapy session. Yet, without their past traumatic experiences, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist probably wouldn’t have discovered each other and teamed up to take down the Hand. So, should we be glad that they experienced such trauma? Of course not; that’s messed up. Nobody should have to deal with that. But, that’s exactly what happened, and now they’re stuck dealing with even more crap because the NYPD are way out of their depth. Fantastic.
Superhero team-ups are usually brought together by sharing ideologies, but Netflix’s band of misfits are brought together by their shared trauma, making for some interesting television.
So, on top what these guys deal with in their eight-episode Netflix superhero extravaganza, here’s how the Defenders’ dreadful lives link them to one another, and why that’s so important to the series.
Warning: Here’s the part where I let you know that there’s spoilers littered around this article, so be careful out there.