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: We First Hear Of The Black Sky
Daredevil: A Weird Old Lady Named Madame Gao Is Up To No Good
Daredevil: The Hand Emerges
Iron Fist: We Learn About The Hand's Purpose
Daredevil: Elektra Is The Black Sky
Daredevil: The Hand Is Digging A Big Hole