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Everyone Relax, We Summarized All The Netflix Marvel Shows So You Can Skip Right To The Defenders

The Defenders Netflix series is a culmination of four distinct shows, one of which has two full seasons. With that being the case, you're probably looking desperately for a Jessica Jones summary, or one for any of the Marvel shows to refresh your memory on where exactly things left off. After all, a lot has happened, but there are a number of unifying elements across the different series that, not surprisingly, come back in a big way in The Defenders.

The Hand pops up in Daredevil and Iron Fist, Luke Cage has a few different romances in a couple different series, and Claire Temple appears in all of the characters' standalone shows. So you don't need just a Jessica Jones or Luke Cage summary, but a complete Netflix Marvel shows recap.

Here's everything you need to know to center your qi and get you ready for The Defenders limited series. Warning: there are spoilers for each individual Marvel show on Netflix. Do your best Matt Murdock impression if you haven't watched them yet. If, however, you are all caught up, you may be interested in our list of other shows like Daredevil if you're looking for something new to watch.

  • Daredevil: Elektra Is The Black Sky

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    Elektra Nachios is an anti-hero, raised and trained by Stick, Matt's mentor. We discover that she is the Black Sky, which Stick had always known, but he tried to control her for his own purpose, which is to fight The Hand. The Black Sky is just a powerful entity with somewhat of a bloodlust, explaining why Elektra is so murder-y. She dies protecting Matt at the end of the season, but is resurrected in one of The Hand's blood coffins. 

  • Daredevil: The Hand Is Digging A Big Hole

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    As Matt and Elektra pursue The Hand, they come to a construction site operated by the evil organization in the heart of New York City, in the middle of which is an enormous pit, so deep Matt can't even assess it with his super senses. 

  • Iron Fist: Danny Rand Is The Immortal Iron Fist

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    As Danny will tell anyone within earshot, he is the immortal Iron Fist, sacred protector of K'un-Lun, one of the seven capital cities of Heaven. Despite this, he fails in his duties to oppose The Hand, and the season ends with him returning to K'un-Lun to find an implied massacre of his fellow monks perpetrated by the evil organization. But his fist glows and he can punch real hard.

  • Iron Fist: Colleen Wing, The Real Hero Of Iron Fist

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    Colleen Wing owns a dojo, but when she falls for a barefoot hobo, she becomes entangled in all of Danny Rand's issues. However, she has a dirty little secret: she was raised and trained by The Hand. She was brainwashed into believing that they are an organization striving for justice, taking down evil corporations and the like. She ultimately comes to the realization that The Hand is evil, and she kills her master Bakuto.