"The Defenders" preview
Credit: David Marquez (Marvel Comics)
Credit: David Marquez (Marvel Comics)

Marvel has announced a new Defenders ongoing series from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez with a line-up that reflects the planned Defenders Netflix series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new Defenders will consist of Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones, the same characters featured in the upcoming Netflix show.

“I wanted do a sprawling, Godfather-like epic at the street level of the Marvel Universe," Bendis told THR. "Really putting our hooks down and creating a modern, elaborate organized crime story that is different than what has gone before, but builds on everything that has happened to these characters, as individuals or as a team, and putting them in the hardest battle for the street that anyone can imagine."

Credit: David Marquez (Marvel Comics)

“You will get Jessica Jones looking out her window, street-level, and my return to Daredevil, which will be different than what I and Alex did before,” he continued. "And Luke and Danny, characters that I have a strong affinity for. I spent most of the oughts being mocked for the love of Luke Cage. Now that Luke Cage is a household name, I just sit back in my chair and laugh and laugh.”

Defenders #1 is scheduled to debut in June, after a preview to be released on Free Comic Book Day in May.

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