'The Defenders' 2017 tv series
Steven DeKnight, producer of the Netflix series "Marvel's Daredevil", is photographed in Beverly Hills, California April 2, 2015. Reuters/Phil McCarten

New York will soon have a new set of superheroes as “The Defenders” make an entry to the small screens. The series is currently in the making and is slated to release late 2017. While not much has been out about the superheroes team-up, IBT brings to you some rare, interesting facts about the upcoming series.

  • “The Defenders” will be seen only on TV

“The Defenders” will be seen only on TV and there is a solid reason for that. Netflix and Marvel have deliberately kept the series to small screens as Marvel’s A-list are off fighting an intergalactic threat. According to producer Jeph Loeb, the Avengers will save the universe while the Defenders keep it down and dirty on the backstreets of New York, saving the neighbourhood.

  • Marvel’s Netflix ‘Phase One’ Ends Here

Netflix’s “street level” Phase One ends with “The Defenders.” Phase Two will see the kinds of Punisher, Blade, Black Widow and more. The four-member team will have a lot to prove in the endgame to Netflix’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), per Screen Rant. The series’ leading characters Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) will conjointly face a massive threat in “The Defenders”— one that’s too big for them to handle individually.

  • Sigourney Weaver will play a vicious super-villain

The blonde Ava Paige from “The Maze Runner” franchise will play the principal villain in the upcoming “The Defenders” series. Sigourney Weaver will be seen playing the role of Alexandra, a character whose details are kept hush-hush for now.

  • The series will bring back more familiar faces

Characters from the standalone shows will return in “The Defenders,” including Stick (Scott Glenn), Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and Elektra (Elodie Yung). Also, sidekicks including Misty Knight (Simone Missick), Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss), Malcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) and Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) will be seen too in the upcoming series. It has been alleged Netflix’s MCU’s Phase Two character “The Punisher” (Jon Bernthal) could make an appearance too, according to We Got This Covered. However, the same has not been officially confirmed.

  • There is more to “The Defenders”

Although it has been said earlier that “The Defenders” marks the end of Netflix’s MCU’s Phase One, it’s however far from the finish. There will be more seasons from “The Defenders,” presumably, and that’s not all of it. Netflix has already thrown in a second season of “Daredevil,” promising a third after “The Defenders’” release. Also, Jessica Jones is coming back for a second season. Luke Cage and Iron Fist already have their shows running/debuting soon.

“The Defenders” has been scheduled to air on Netflix later this year. No official date has been announced yet.