A good offense: 8 characters who should be on the team in The Defenders Season 2

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Aug 21, 2017

Another weekend of feverishly bingeing a Marvel Netflix show has come and gone, and many of us are still processing the events of The Defenders. This means the speculation mills have begun churning out ideas about both the next seasons of each hero’s solo shows ... and also a second season of The Defenders.

A second season has yet to be announced, but come on, of course it will. And the show certainly gives the vibe that we'll be seeing these characters again, but one of the big questions is: Who will be joining them next time? The Defenders team isn't really something that officially exists in the comics up until very recently, so there's no precedent for which characters could be added to the team or who might leave. Any number of street-level heroes could join or fight alongside the team, many of which the seeds have already been planted for.

With that in mind, we've compiled eight characters we want to see on the team in Defenders Season 2, running from the long shots to the ones we're shocked didn't already happen in Season 1. There are of course many more who could be added than what's on the list, so let us know your picks in the comments, and you have been warned: Spoilers for The Defenders Season 1 are afoot.

The Punisher

I'm really shocked this didn't happen already. Not even a cameo from Frank Castle in Season 1 seems like such a missed opportunity, so they better have big plans for the Punisher next time. Seeing the team forced into a situation where they need his help would be comedic and dramatic gold, and who doesn't want to see the look on Punisher's face when he tries to shoot Luke Cage? He definitely shouldn't be a full-fledged member of the team, but he's an absolutely essential 'begrudging ally.'

Shang-Chi

This was one of the most-demanded characters for the first season of Iron Fist, and he's going to be for the second as well. Assuming Marvel rectifies their mistake and introduces the Master of Kung Fu in the second season, he'll be in prime position to join the team in The Defenders Season 2. Who knows who the villains will be next time ... but there are guaranteed to be plenty of goons for Shang-Chi to help beat up.

Senor Magico

After the events of The Defenders, the supernatural doors have been open, which means that the worlds of our heroes could be a lot weirder when we next see them. For this reason, I'd love for the next season of Luke Cage to introduce the one and only Señor Mágico, expert in the occult and mystical, who claims to have forgotten more about magic than Doctor Strange knows. He runs a shop of oddities and antiques in Harlem and was introduced in the recent Power Man and Iron Fist run, where he gave Luke and Danny information they needed and later fought alongside them. The Defenders need a magic expert, and Señor Mágico is the perfect guy to fill the role.

MISTY KNIGHT

Out of any side character in The Defenders, Misty Knight had the most satisfying character arc. Watching her struggle with whether she should allow the heroes to do what they do, and having to sacrifice everything for it, was heartbreaking. There are already seeds planted for he to receive her signature bionic arm—courtesy of Rand Enterprises—so hopefully we’ll se her in a new capacity, and newly armed and dangerous, in the next seasons of Luke Cage and Iron Fist. She still needs to have an official “Daughters of the Dragon” team-up with Colleen Wing, but once that’s out of the way, they both have more than earned the right to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Defenders.

Blade

Blade needs his own show. I don’t think it's too likely to happen between now and the next Defenders season, but maybe the second season is the perfect place to introduce him. A vampire outbreak in New York would make for a very different Season 2, but one that would still fit the show's world -- and budget -- while still feeling completely new. Blade showing up to guide the team in defending New York against the bloodsuckers would be a good role for the character and would nicely set up a potential series. He’s one of the studio's biggest unused IPs, and he doesn't seem like a fit for their movie universe, so I think it's only a matter of time before we see the Daywalker on Netflix.

Hellcat

Season 1 of Jessica Jones put Trish Walker on a direct path to becoming a hero, and what small role she played in The Defenders seemed to push her even closer to their world. I would be surprised if by the end of the next season of Jessica Jones we don’t see Trish fully suited up as her alter-ego, Hellcat. And if so, she would be a shoe-in for the Defenders team, if for no other reason than to include someone else on the team other than Daredevil that actually wears a costume — assuming Trish does.

White Tiger

Another cat-themed heroine hinted at in the first season of Jessica Jones was White Tiger, whose real name, Angela Del Toro, Jess mentioned when recommending someone to another private investigator. A follow-up on this thread doesn't seem out of the question in that show, Daredevil or Iron Fist as she was introduced in the pages of Daredevil ... and her mystical tiger amulet comes from K’un-Lun. This character has been pushed a bit (though as a different version) in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, and Marvel loves their synergy, I wouldn’t be surprised if they had an interest in bringing the character to live-action as well.

Moon Knight

Moon Knight is probably the most popular unused "street-level" character in Marvel’s arsenal, so it's only a matter of time before they unleash him. Moon Knight could easily have his own series right out of the gate, as there’s more than enough material to work with, but he could also be introduced in a manner similar to the Punisher, where he's a big part of one of the other series before moving on to his own. His mental illness could fit well with the themes of Jessica Jones, while his ties to Egyptian mythology could be an interesting contrast to the lore of the Iron Fist. Heck, you could even introduce him in Defenders Season 2 in the same way I said Blade could, just swap vampires for werewolves.

However he’s introduced, it simply needs to happen. He’s one of the big guns of street-level Marvel, and the world they've created won't really feel complete until Moon Knight is walking around in it.