History ComicBook / TheDefenders

15th Jul '17 7:18:09 PM alliterator
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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. In January 2017, a comic book based on that same roster was announced, which will be written by Creator/BrianMichaelBendis

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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]], ComicBook/JessicaJones, 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. In January 2017, a comic book based on that same roster was announced, which will be written by Creator/BrianMichaelBendis
Creator/BrianMichaelBendis. Tropes for that series should go [[ComicBook/TheDefenders2017 here.]]
15th Jul '17 7:10:13 PM alliterator
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!Tropes seen in the 2017 series.

* AntiVillain: Felicia is not only freaked out by Diamondbacks level of violence but also saves Luke after he is poisoned.
* BackFromTheDead: Diamondback, not only is he now alive and well he CameBackStrong and is able to fight evenly with Jessica and move faster then Matt and Danny.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: It apparently never occurs to DB that Black Cat would save Luke instead of letting him die.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: At the end of the first issue of the 2017 iteration, Black Cat reunites Luke Cage with Diamondback, who was thought dead for the longest time. Diamondback puts Cage through a CurbStompBattle and as he constantly smashes Cage's head into the floor, Cat has lost her cool and realized she's done something terrible.
* ShoutOut: The opening of issue 1 is a homage to the famous WebComic/CtrlAltDel loss.jpg meme.
15th Jul '17 2:03:23 PM StFan
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In the early 1980s, Marvel decided to revamp the book. Nighthawk was killed off (later upgraded to a ConvenientComa), Hellcat and Daimon Hellstrom married and retired, and a (bogus?) prophecy that Doctor Strange, Hulk, Namor, and Silver Surfer would bring about the end of the world led them to leave the team. Beast (having already joined up a while back,) Valkyrie and Gargoyle reformed the group with two of the other founding member of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} (The Angel and Iceman), along with the morally ambiguous Moondragon, the young Atlantis warrior Andromeda, and Cloud, a gas based alien who shape-shifted into both a man and woman during its time with the Defenders. Based in Colorado, in Angel's mansion, this incarnation lasted two years before the title was canceled so that the X-Men characters could be be freed up for the upcoming ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' series. The entire team, save for Angel, Beast, and Iceman, [[HeroicSacrifice died saving a possessed Moondragon]].)

In the early 1990s, Marvel attempted to revive the Defenders as "Secret Defenders". This new series would have Doctor Strange organize squads of random heroes (including {{Wolverine}}, SpiderMan, ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}}, the second Spider-Woman, Comicbook/GhostRider, Hulk, Luke Cage, {{Deadpool}}, and many others) for one-off missions. The team made their first appearance in ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #374 when Spider-Man, desperate to bring in the Human Torch for arson and everyone is having poor luck doing so, turns to Dr. Strange for help, who reassembles the rest of the "New Fantastic Four" (Hulk, Wolverine and Ghost Rider) to fight the Fantastic Four. Despite being considerably hyped by Marvel, the series did not do well and with the title launching coinciding with the launching of the more successful "Midnight Sons" horror sub-line (in which Doctor Strange could not take part due to Secret Defenders), it was decided to remove him from the book so that his title could be folded into the Midnight Son line. The title was then revamped with Doctor Druid as the new leader and a group of new heroes, but this new direction did little to revive interest in the book and it was quietly canceled by the end of its second year.

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In the early 1980s, Marvel decided to revamp the book. Nighthawk was killed off (later upgraded to a ConvenientComa), Hellcat and Daimon Hellstrom married and retired, and a (bogus?) prophecy that Doctor Strange, Hulk, Namor, and Silver Surfer would bring about the end of the world led them to leave the team. Beast (having already joined up a while back,) Valkyrie and Gargoyle reformed the group with two of the other founding member of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen (The Angel and Iceman), along with the morally ambiguous Moondragon, the young Atlantis warrior Andromeda, and Cloud, a gas based alien who shape-shifted into both a man and woman during its time with the Defenders. Based in Colorado, in Angel's mansion, this incarnation lasted two years before the title was canceled so that the X-Men characters could be be freed up for the upcoming ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' ''ComicBook/XFactor'' series. The entire team, save for Angel, Beast, and Iceman, [[HeroicSacrifice died saving a possessed Moondragon]].)

In the early 1990s, Marvel attempted to revive the Defenders as "Secret Defenders". This new series would have Doctor Strange organize squads of random heroes (including {{Wolverine}}, SpiderMan, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, ComicBook/SpiderMan, ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}}, the second Spider-Woman, Comicbook/GhostRider, Hulk, Luke Cage, {{Deadpool}}, ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}, and many others) for one-off missions. The team made their first appearance in ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #374 when Spider-Man, desperate to bring in the Human Torch for arson and everyone is having poor luck doing so, turns to Dr. Strange for help, who reassembles the rest of the "New Fantastic Four" (Hulk, Wolverine and Ghost Rider) to fight the Fantastic Four. Despite being considerably hyped by Marvel, the series did not do well and with the title launching coinciding with the launching of the more successful "Midnight Sons" horror sub-line (in which Doctor Strange could not take part due to Secret Defenders), it was decided to remove him from the book so that his title could be folded into the Midnight Son line. The title was then revamped with Doctor Druid as the new leader and a group of new heroes, but this new direction did little to revive interest in the book and it was quietly canceled by the end of its second year.
28th Jun '17 11:08:00 AM TheLaughingFist
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: It apparently never occurs to DB that Black Cat would save Luke instead of letting him die.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: At the end of the first issue of the 2017 iteration, Black Cat reunites Luke Cage with Diamondback, who was thought dead for the longest time. Diamondback puts Cage through a CurbStompBattle and as he constantly smashes Cage's head into the floor, Cat has lost her cool and realized she's done something terrible.
28th Jun '17 11:03:25 AM TheLaughingFist
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!Tropes seen in the (various) Defender series:

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!Tropes seen in the (various) Pre-2017 Defender series:



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: At the end of the first issue of the 2017 iteration, Black Cat reunites Luke Cage with Diamondback, who was thought dead for the longest time. Diamondback puts Cage through a CurbStompBattle and as he constantly smashes Cage's head into the floor, Cat has lost her cool and realized she's done something terrible.




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!Tropes seen in the 2017 series.

* AntiVillain: Felicia is not only freaked out by Diamondbacks level of violence but also saves Luke after he is poisoned.
* BackFromTheDead: Diamondback, not only is he now alive and well he CameBackStrong and is able to fight evenly with Jessica and move faster then Matt and Danny.
* ShoutOut: The opening of issue 1 is a homage to the famous WebComic/CtrlAltDel loss.jpg meme.
14th Jun '17 9:28:19 PM MagiMecha
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: At the end of the first issue of the 2017 iteration, Black Cat reunites Luke Cage with Diamondback, who was thought dead for the longest time. Diamondback puts Cage through a CurbStompBattle and as he constantly smashes Cage's head into the floor, Cat has lost her cool and realized she's done something terrible.
5th Mar '17 11:32:00 AM nombretomado
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''The Defenders'' is a MarvelComics superhero team.

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''The Defenders'' is a MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics superhero team.
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.
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