Netflix’s ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ is a mini Avengers for TV plus 5 other new shows this month

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Mike Colter as Luke Cage, left, Scott Glenn as Stick, Finn Jones as Danny Rand or Iron Fist, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones and Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in “Marvel’s The Defenders.”

SALT LAKE CITY — Netflix’s long-hyped mini-Avengers series “Marvel’s The Defenders” is here Aug. 18. Eight episodes show superheroes Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/Iron First (Finn Jones) joining up after each one debuted their own individual series on the streaming site.

It would be recommended to catch up on each of these individual shows before watching them come together in “The Defenders.” There is just enough that doesn’t make sense otherwise and some of the group, like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, have a history together that the new “Defenders” doesn’t explain. The previous superhero shows also have minor characters in their series that link them together, which would be confusing to keep track of without knowing the stories beforehand.

It isn’t until the end of the four episodes screened for the press that the superheros decide to team up to face off the enemy — lead by a devastatingly understated Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra. In fact, the four main characters don’t even all meet each other until the end of the third episode. Before that, viewers will be catching up on where each character left off in their own series before being forced to come together to fight the latest enemy threatening New York City.

Where did they all leave off exactly? The show opens with Iron Fist — an odd…

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