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24th Jan '17 5:30:07 PM comicwriter
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* AbortedArc: ''The Last Defenders'' repeatedly implied (and in some cases even stated flat out) that the new team would become a tremendously important part of the Marvel Universe, and that they'd play a key role in resolving some sort of future crisis that would threaten all of reality. Suffice to say, the new team never caught on, and were replaced by Matt Fraction's Defenders just a few years later.
11th Jan '17 10:59:12 AM Digifiend
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''Not to be confused with the AnimatedSeries ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'', or with the 1960s TV show ''The Defenders'', which was about a group of lawyers. Or, for that matter, the current TV show ''The Defenders'', which is also about lawyers.''[[note]]This is merely about a Satanic cult, bathed in impenetrable ancient ritual involving pitiless human sacrifice, scheming for world domination out of lust for money and power. So no room for confusion, then.[[/note]]

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''Not Not to be confused with the AnimatedSeries ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'', or with the 1960s TV show ''The Defenders'', which was about a group of lawyers. Or, for that matter, the current more recent TV show ''The Defenders'', which is also about lawyers.''[[note]]This [[note]]This is merely about a Satanic cult, bathed in impenetrable ancient ritual involving pitiless human sacrifice, scheming for world domination out of lust for money and power. So no room for confusion, then.[[/note]]
11th Jan '17 10:57:21 AM Digifiend
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* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Hell Cat and Nighthawk fit under the ''Animal Alias'' type and Moondragon is the ''Mythical Monster Motif'' type.

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* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Hell Cat Hellcat and Nighthawk fit under the ''Animal Alias'' type and Moondragon is the ''Mythical Monster Motif'' type.
11th Jan '17 10:56:22 AM Digifiend
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In November 2013, it was announced that Marvel would be producing a Defenders TV series for {{Creator/Netflix}}. Confirmed characters include [[InNameOnly such familiar faces as]] ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, [[Comicbook/{{Alias}} Jessica Jones]], and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]. While it uses the Defenders name, it's more akin to Marvel's short lived Marvel Knights team, which focused on street-level and darker heroes.

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In November 2013, it was announced that Marvel would be producing a Defenders TV series for {{Creator/Netflix}}. Confirmed characters include [[InNameOnly such familiar faces as]] ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, [[Comicbook/{{Alias}} Jessica Jones]], and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]. While it uses the Defenders name, it's more akin to Marvel's short lived Marvel Knights team, which focused on street-level and darker heroes.
heroes. In January 2017, a comic book based on that same roster was announced, which will be written by Creator/BrianMichaelBendis
3rd Dec '16 1:20:29 PM Xtifr
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'''The Defenders''' is a MarvelComics superhero team.

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'''The Defenders''' ''The Defenders'' is a MarvelComics superhero team.
21st Sep '16 12:54:50 PM igordebraga
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As mentioned, the Silver Surfer was quickly written out after his brief tryout with the team,(as at the time, Stan Lee considered him to be his pet character and was not keen on letting other writers use him) and new characters were introduced to flesh out the roster. Nighthawk, originally a CaptainErsatz for Batman but then reinvented as one for ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}; Daimon Hellstrom, the horror-themed hero "Son of Satan"; Hellcat, originally a character from Marvel's comedy/romance comics reinvented as a Cat-themed heroine (using the costume of The Cat, who herself had become [[CatGirl Tigra]]); Gargoyle, an elderly man who, while trying to cheat death, ended up trapped in the body of a demon; and The Valkyrie, a Norse goddess trapped in the body of a woman known to Hulk and Strange were brought onto the team,[[DemotedToExtra while Sub-Mariner was soon demoted to a recurring character within the title as opposed to being a consistent member.]] The group itself had loose guidelines for membership, as technically, everybody who helped them was a 'Defender' (this was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a story where a membership drive -- started without their permission or knowledge -- led to a mess as both heroes wanting to join, and villains trying to pretend they were Defenders, ran into each other.) Still, the heroes listed above were the most commonly associated with the team. They tended to meet in Doctor Strange's New York brownstone, and later, in the wealthy Nighthawk's estate.

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As mentioned, the Silver Surfer was quickly written out after his brief tryout with the team,(as at the time, Stan Lee considered him to be his pet character and was not keen on letting other writers use him) and new characters were introduced to flesh out the roster. Nighthawk, originally a CaptainErsatz for Batman but then reinvented as one for ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}; Daimon Hellstrom, the horror-themed hero "Son of Satan"; Hellcat, [[Comicbook/PatsyWalker Hellcat]], originally a character from Marvel's comedy/romance comics reinvented as a Cat-themed heroine (using the costume of The Cat, who herself had become [[CatGirl Tigra]]); Gargoyle, an elderly man who, while trying to cheat death, ended up trapped in the body of a demon; and The Valkyrie, a Norse goddess trapped in the body of a woman known to Hulk and Strange were brought onto the team,[[DemotedToExtra while Sub-Mariner was soon demoted to a recurring character within the title as opposed to being a consistent member.]] The group itself had loose guidelines for membership, as technically, everybody who helped them was a 'Defender' (this was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a story where a membership drive -- started without their permission or knowledge -- led to a mess as both heroes wanting to join, and villains trying to pretend they were Defenders, ran into each other.) Still, the heroes listed above were the most commonly associated with the team. They tended to meet in Doctor Strange's New York brownstone, and later, in the wealthy Nighthawk's estate.
15th Sep '16 6:45:42 AM XSpectreGreyX
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In November 2013, it was announced that Marvel would be producing a Defenders TV series for {{Creator/Netflix}}. Confirmed characters include [[InNameOnly such familiar faces as]] ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, [[Comicbook/{{Alias}} Jessica Jones]], and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]].

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In November 2013, it was announced that Marvel would be producing a Defenders TV series for {{Creator/Netflix}}. Confirmed characters include [[InNameOnly such familiar faces as]] ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, [[Comicbook/{{Alias}} Jessica Jones]], and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]].
Fist]]. While it uses the Defenders name, it's more akin to Marvel's short lived Marvel Knights team, which focused on street-level and darker heroes.
16th Jun '16 8:26:16 PM nombretomado
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** Then there is the poorly-recieved book ''Secret Defenders'', which was essentially Dr. Strange getting various heroes together to fight a particular threat each issue, effectively placing every hero in the Marvel Universe at the time as a member. At one point, a group of villains including {{Thanos}} and Comicbook/{{Venom}} were even chosen.

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** Then there is the poorly-recieved poorly-received book ''Secret Defenders'', which was essentially Dr. Strange getting various heroes together to fight a particular threat each issue, effectively placing every hero in the Marvel Universe at the time as a member. At one point, a group of villains including {{Thanos}} ComicBook/{{Thanos}} and Comicbook/{{Venom}} were even chosen.
14th Jun '16 12:48:15 PM comicwriter
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* HeroesUnlimited: The Secret Defenders.
22nd May '16 10:06:35 PM kkhohoho
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* DemotedToExtra: This happened to '''all''' of the original members (plus Silver Surfer,) at one point or another in the original volume. Surfer was the one that got hit hardest, barely appearing in the book after joining the team for a few issues early on, but the others suffered from it too. [[PutOnABus Namor left in #14, while Doctor Strange left after the first Annual,]] and [[TheBusCameBack while both of them showed up again,]] [[CommutingOnABus it took a while for them to become as prominent as they used to be.]] Hulk didn't have as much as this as the others, being a consistent member well until #94, but after that, he didn't appear as much as he used to. While the book may originally been about Hulk, Strange, and other A-Listers, it ended up being more about C and D-listers like Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Hellcat, and others, all of which got more focus than the founding members by the end of the group's original incarnation.

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* DemotedToExtra: This happened to '''all''' of the original members (plus Silver Surfer,) at one point or another in the original volume. Surfer was the one that got hit hardest, barely appearing in the book after joining the team for a few issues early on, but the others suffered from it too. [[PutOnABus Namor left in #14, while Doctor Strange left after the first Annual,]] and [[TheBusCameBack while both of them showed up again,]] [[CommutingOnABus it took a while for them to become as prominent as they used to be.]] Hulk didn't have as much as of this as the others, being a consistent member well until #94, but after that, he didn't appear as much as he used to. While the book may originally been about Hulk, Strange, and other A-Listers, it ended up being more about C and D-listers like Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Hellcat, and others, all of which got more focus than the founding members by the end of the group's original incarnation.
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