Mike Colter, Charlie Cox, Finn Jones and Krysten Ritter do a great job of selling their roles as a firmly mismatched foursome that must overcome their different personalities and ideologies in order to work together and save their loved ones and all of New York from The Hand in Netflix’s newest hit ‘The Defenders’.  But as strong as they are in the acting department, they aren’t actually their alter egos; Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones.

To make this and previous series come together, even they needed reinforcements and you can see them below:

From left to right, pictured are Justin Eaton (stunt double for Scott Glenn/Stick), Dejay Roestenberg (Ritter/Jessica Jones), Chris Brewster (Cox/Daredevil), Guy Fernandez (Colter/Luke Cage), Lauren Mary Kim (Élodie Yung/Elektra), and David Armstrong (Jones/Iron Fist).

While some bear a striking resemblance to the actors for whom they substitute (Roestenberg, Fernandez and especially Brewster), some are a far cry (Eaton, Armstrong).  But thanks to the quick pace of the action sequences, the switches are undetectable.  But like the actors, these doubles should all be comfortable in their roles.  All six worked as the stunt doubles for the shows leading up to ‘The Defenders’, ‘Daredevil’ Seasons One and Two, and ‘Jessica Jones’, ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Iron Fist’ Season One.

‘The Defenders’ appears to be a hit with viewers and the critics have given it a 75% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It appears that even with the successes so far, that the Marvel Netflix shows are mimicking the trajectory of the movies and that ‘The Defenders’ are to these shows what ‘The Avengers’ were to the films, that event needed to galvanize these imaginary worlds.  If the shows follow the pattern of the movies, everything from here on should be increasingly successful.

Next up is ‘The Punisher’ in November, followed by ‘Jessica Jones’ S2 (Spring 2018), ‘Luke Cage’ S2 (Summer 2018), ‘Daredevil’ S3 (Fall 2018) and ‘Iron Fist’ S2 (Spring 2019).  And right now, though it isn’t carved in stone, it looks as though we’ll get ‘The Defenders’ S2 in Summer 2019.  And depending on how well ‘The Punisher’ does, there could be a second season for that show.  And should Netflix and Marvel do what they did with ‘Daredevil’ S2, are there more new heroes that could be introduced in the upcoming seasons who prove popular enough to earn their own spin-offs?

With the threat of The Hand eliminated (or is it?) what danger will draw these misfits back together?  Will we start to see these characters crossing over into each other’s shows?  (Especially Danny and Luke?  And Jessica and Luke?  And what about Colleen and Misty?)

Guess we’ll just have to keep streaming!