Comic-Con: Marvel Showcases Super Team-Up 'The Defenders' (and 'Punisher')

Marvel Television made its Hall H debut at Comic-Con on Friday and head of television Jeph Loeb kicked off the panel for Netflix miniseries The Defenders with plenty of surprises — including one he didn't see coming. A representative from San Diego Comic-Con took the stage and present him with an Inkpot Award, honoring Loeb for his contributions to comics, film and TV.
 
Loeb, clearly caught off-guard, gave an impromptu speech as the crowd showered him with love. Only Loeb was interrupted for a second time — this time by Punisher star Jon Bernthal. The actor, who first appeared in Marvel's first Netflix series Daredevil before being spun off into his own series, introduced the footage from Punisher. The clip, which is not being released, is perhaps the most graphic of Marvel's Netflix shows to date.
 
The teaser starts with a flashback to Frank Castle (Bernthal) and his daughter playing guitar before shifting into new footage of the character in his Punisher persona. First, Frank chases two baddies before gunning them down and running them over with his van in rural Alabama. Next, the scene shifts to Juarez, Mexico, where a cartel member is getting intimate with a woman when Punisher snipes him from across the border in El Paso, Texas. It's this shot that's rather graphic, as viewers see the man get shot in the head with blood splattering all over the wall behind him. Finally, the scene shifts to Chicago, where Frank kicks in an airport bathroom stall, choking the man inside. Begging for his life, the man tells him it won't bring his family back, bringing the clip to its end.
 
From there, the cast of The Defenders took the stage and offered a few hints about what's to come when Netflix heroes Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) unite for the miniseries mashup. Loeb confirmed that Iron Fist, freshly renewed for a second season, will feature Luke Cage favorite Misty Knight (Simone Missick). 
 
 
As for Defenders itself, Elodie Yung says Elektra — who died in season two of Daredevil — will have a form of amnesia when she's reintroduced to this world, without knowledge of who Elektra is. Finn Jones (aka Iron Fist) says he views the first season of his show, as well as the first Defenders miniseries, as one complete arc for his character. 
 
While there will be plenty of action, Mike Colter (Luke Cage) vowed The Defenders is truly about the relationships between these characters and how they work together when necessary. Those relationships will be especially interesting to examine when the outspoken and sarcastic Jessica Jones (Ritter) is involved, naturally.
 
"Jessica doesn't really want to play with others. She doesn't want or ask for help," Ritter says. "Underneath it all she has a gooey inside and will help the little guy. She reluctantly goes on a journey with these guys because she's valuable because she's super strong."

That said, while she may be willing to help out, there's no way to tone down Jessica's personality. "She takes every opportunity to make fun of everything they're doing and make fun of Daredevil's suit," Ritter promises.

It was at that point that the cast put a stop to Loeb's questioning and demanded he show those in attendance more footage from The Defenders. As a special treat, Marvel instead unspooled the entire premiere episode of The Defenders.
 
The Defenders premieres on Netflix on Aug. 18. Watch the trailer, below.
 
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