I trust Marvel enough at this point to concede that they know what they are doing. "They had to get there organically".
On a more immediate, nuts-and-bolts level, it's disheartening to see Netflix fall all over itself to create a small-screen answer to The Avengers.
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To varying degrees, I'm among the latter. Weaver's Alexandra is ruthless, cold, and manages to act circles around many of her costars. "She's a woman who has a certain amount of power that she enjoys wielding".
The fan fave character played by Rosario Dawson returns to bring all the realness to her superhero beaus and friends. Including more barbs thrown by Jessica towards Danny.
In the early episodes, Alexandra's ultimate aim is murky. She's still dealing with the death of her ex-lover that she killed at the end of her season. She's clearly not about destruction, and while Alexandra is an intriguing shadowy figure, articulating what she was after would have given more focus and urgency to the plot. Certainly no one at BMD, and superheroes are usually our thing. Krysten Ritter is back as Jessica Jones. After four years of anticipation, we couldn't have them starting out sitting round a table.
The series follows the releases of Marvel'sDaredevil, Marvel'sJessica Jones, Marvel'sLuke Cage and Marvel'sIron Fist. They appear to be working together here. but will their alliance last? Only Danny wants to. The show actually does him a favor by pairing him with Cage, who gives the poor little rich kid a speech about privilege that the screenwriters probably cribbed from a criticism of Iron Fist on Reddit.
■ Liev Schreiber takes time out from "Ray Donovan" to play the title character in "Chuck", the story of the real-life underdog boxer who inspired "Rocky" (R). To read serialized superhero comics is, except for the most fervent masters of past continuity, to accept that you'll just have to roll with the quirks of backstory covered in all the comics you haven't read - and trust the recap page to explain why Spider-Man's a billionaire tech CEO in this current storyline, a penniless teen in another and married with a spider-kid in a third. Cage still seems to retain with a bit of that staleness in The Defenders, though he comes to life as the heroes begin to pinball off of each other.
Even the die-hard "no good villains" crowd begrudgingly admits that Vincent D'Onofrio's crime boss is the crowning achievement of the MCU to date.