Sigourney Weaver to Play Marvel's ‘Defenders’ Villain

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October 10th, 2016

Just last week came the news that Sigourney Weaver had been binge watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe and couldn’t reveal why. As of the Iron Fist panel at New York Comic Con this weekend, everyone knows why now. Sigourney Weaver was announced as the villain of the upcoming Netflix series The Defenders.

The Defenders will see all four of Marvel’s initial heroes for the streaming site cross paths and unite to take on a common enemy. Going up against Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist must mean that whomever Weaver is playing, she’s one powerful adversary.

That’s right, even though Weaver was announced as the villain for the series, no one at Marvel or Netflix is saying just who she’s playing, though she’s being called “significant” for the series. There aren’t actually a lot of comic book villains that the four characters have in common, so she could be playing a character that took on the “Heroes for Hire” in the comics, a villain that usually goes up against one or two of them in the comics, or a whole new creation for the show.  As a result, there are a lot of options for villains that would be fun for the series to showcase, and who could actually take them on.

There’s Black Mamba, a former call girl who becomes a member of the Serpent Society who is able to manipulate Darkforce and extract images of loved ones from the heads of her victims to lure them into being suffocated. She makes people see someone they care about most and then uses Darkforce (which we’ve already seen on Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter) to make them stop breathing. Yeah, she’s a formidable opponent who could easily take on a few heroes with super strength and masters of hand-to-hand combat.

There’s also Shaya and Ushas, sisters who led a cult and went up against Iron Fist and kidnapped Colleen Wing’s father. While the former could manipulate darkness, the latter could project light. Given the more magical elements coming in Iron Fist, either of the sisters could be fun to see tangle with the heroes.

There's even Typhoid Mary, a character with a connection to the Kingpin in the comics. A former prostitute, Mary has multiple personalities, each with different abilities. She became a supervillain when Daredevil accidentally "killed" her while trying to save the women employed in a brothel. Depending on which of her personalities manifest itself, she can create fire, read minds, and move things with her mind. She's also skilled in hand-to-hand combat and with a variety of weapons. Of couse, she's also a mutant, which might make her off limits for Marvel as X-Men typically gets those characters for the screen.

Then, there’s Celia Ricadonna, the daughter of a criminal mastermind who was on the way to running her own criminal empire before Colleen Wing and Misty Knight put her away as the Daughters of the Dragon. Given that Misty Knight (Simone Missick) just debuted on Luke Cage and Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) is set to be a fan favorite in Iron Fist if the buzz out of NYCC is any indication, the character’s past could be manipulated to link the two shows together, and the Defenders. There’s no indication that the paths of Misty and Colleen have crossed just yet, but that doesn’t mean they won’t before The Defenders debuts.

Of course, there is a huge number of characters in the Marvel comic book catalog that Weaver could play. The sky is practically the limit. We can’t wait to see who she’ll be.

One the subject of Weaver joining the show, Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television said, “Marvel is honored to have an actress of her caliber and status join what is already our biggest show ever! She is by definition a class act.” The addition of Weaver is sure to make genre fans happy. Weaver is known for her work in such high profile sci-fi franchises as Alien, Ghostbusters, and Avatar, as well as the sci-fi parody film Galaxy Quest.

Weaver will next be seen in the family film A Monster Calls, out in January. She’s also got roles in another Alien sequel and the Avatar sequels coming up.

The Defenders will begin filming later this year for a 2017 debut on Netflix. Before the series can premiere, all of the titular Defenders have to make their way to the streaming site. The Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage are all available to stream now. Iron Fist will become available in March 2017.