The Defenders is a month away. While our 4YE contingent will get all the news that they can at San Diego Comic Con next week, Sigourney Weaver is dropping some hints to the series.
Or, at least, her role in the series.
Right now, all we know so far is that Weaver will be our main villain against our eponymous superhero team.
Of course, Weaver wouldn’t describe her that way. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she called Alexandra more of an “adversary” than a outright villain. And don’t call her an “ice queen”, not in Weaver’s hearing at least.
“I try to avoid terms like ‘ice queen’ that are often thrown at women who aren’t completely sympathetic… I encouraged [them] to not think in those terms, because I find them completely meaningless, and to help me understand who I was from a really un-cliché-ed point of view. I think we succeeded in that.”
Marco Ramirez, the showrunner for the series, also agrees with Weaver’s take on the character.
“She’s about self-preservation, and self-preservation at all costs… She has the long game in mind, and she isn’t thinking about this chess game, she’s thinking about six chess games in the future. As such, I think she’s seen a lot of beauty in humanity and in the world, but there are certain things that to her are expendable, and that’s a really dangerous worldview.”
You have to admit that kind of antagonist is the best kind of antagonist. It’s part of the reason why Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) remains popular with the fans, despite not having a real substantial role since 2014 in the MCU. He played the long-game and did it in an intriguingly sympathetic way. It’s what made Fisk one of the best antagonists that the MCU has produced on a whole.
So if they’re using the same strategy (and it sounds like they are) for this mysterious Alexandra, then I think we’re in for a real treat.
The Defenders will hit Netflix on August 18th.