SPOILER ALERT: This contains a brief but somewhat revealing clip from ‘The Defenders.’ If you’d rather avoid SPOILERS, you may wish to turn back.
We’re just days away from the culmination (so far) of the Netflix Marvel Universe, when Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will be forced to come together as ‘The Defenders’ to face a familiar threat with a new (or newly revealed) figurehead. The mysterious ninja army The Hand have plagued Matt Murdock ever since he adopted his costumed identity of ‘Daredevil’ and Murdock’s mentor Stick is known to have a connection or at least some extensive knowledge about them.
Expect ‘The Defenders’ to connect the dots.
Though this short clip released via the ‘Daredevil’ Twitter account doesn’t reveal a whole lot, it does confirm some connection as Sigourney Weaver‘s baddie, so far known only as Alexandra, torments a captive.
“Not for your benefit, but for mine, I’m taking the blinds off,” she sneers. “Try not to bite, old friend. It’s undignified.”
— Daredevil (@Daredevil) August 14, 2017
Yes, it appears that Alexandra and Stick (Scott Glenn) are “old friends,” although she could be using the term ironically. They could be longtime adversaries or rivals.
It’s rather amazing that the exact identity of Alexandra has yet to be revealed. Although some have been altered, nearly every character– hero, villain and supporting character– from these shows has been lifted from the comics. It is entirely possible that Alexandra is an all new character, but there have been some guesses floating around the web. One rather extreme theory is that Alexandra is a being known as The Beast. No, not Hank McCoy from the X-Men, but a supernatural force that takes possession of various bodies in order to command The Hand. Alexandra certainly seems to be at the top of the food chain from what we’ve seen so far.
That could be possible since some mysticism has been introduced on the previous shows, especially in ‘Iron Fist’. But by and large, these shows tend to be a bit more grounded. However with this being the “big event” that brings them together, maybe the stakes are about to rise considerably.
Another plausible speculation is that she is a feminized version of Alexander Blont, who, in the comics, was Wilson Fisk’s predecessor as the Kingpin of Crime. Keep in mind, Carrie-Anne Moss’ character Jeri Hogarth was a man, Jeryn Hogarth, in the comics. The show’s creators could pull another gender swap and the connection would make sense even though the time table will be reversed, since Fisk was taken down in ‘Daredevil’ Season One.
But those are just guesses. We’ll find out this weekend, won’t we? Do you have any guesses regarding Alexandra, her past or a possible comic book counterpart? Or do you think she’s a brand new character?