Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Danny Rand (Finn Jones) join together to defeat a major threat

What The Critics Say (Metascore 63)

  • Not able to achieve the (expensive) scope of, say, an all-out, multi-pronged Avengers melee, the group fights aren’t nearly as grand but enjoyable in their own right. But again, just as when the Avengers first assembled, much of the joy here is seeing disparate personalities get to know each other and reluctantly embrace the T-word–team. — Matt Webb Mitovich, TV Guide
  • The images are sharper and more inspired, the dialogue is wittier, and the pace is breezier than the usual Marvel-Netflix escapade. Kudos to showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez–the team behind the disappointing second season of Daredevil–for upping their own game, honoring the best parts of every series, and elevating the franchise. — Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly
  • The product of meticulous planning, Marvel’s The Defenders starts slowly but rewards patience, gradually uniting its “street level” heroes against a somewhat amorphous but bigger-than-any-one-can-handle threat. — Brian Lowry, CNN