Candace Southern retired. Kyle Richmond requested an Initiative version of the Defenders from Tony Stark, intending to fill the ranks with previous Defenders including Gargoyle, Hellcat, and Devil Slayer. The Order Mercenary super hero Luke Cage reluctantly aided the team in several battles until Nighthawk placed him on retainer to secure his full-time services, though Cage felt out of place and soon quit the group. This “non-team” concept prevailed for a while, remaining in operation through the loss and gain of prominent associates, until a later time when the X-Men’s Beast attempted to forge a more structured Defenders. Today in Marvel History: The Defenders' Debut. Several "members" were former Defenders. Digital Series. Former pro baseball player who became a known criminal as the Boomerang. [volume & issue needed] All could be considered Defenders. Strange, Namor, Silver Surfer, and new members Red She Hulk and Iron Fist. Defenders appears in 734 issues. “Members” came and went, many times living and fighting with the group for lack of a better place to be. The first, in Doctor Strange #183 (November 1969), Sub-Mariner #22 (February 1970), and The Incredible Hulk #126 (April 1970) occurred due to the Dr. With clear minds, the original Defenders refused to stay together and only occasionally joined forces thereafter, albeit reluctantly. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, Greenwich Village, New York. In modern times he has fought alongside Thin Man's Invaders squad and the Defenders. The series is being filmed back-to-back with Jessica Jones Season Two. They also met increasingly weird menaces such as the bizarre Headmen and Lunatik, who bedeviled them to the point of distraction. But there are also those who protect turf of a smaller scale, safeguarding their own neighborhoods from threats within. Unlike other super-teams, these Defenders had no charter or by-laws, no permanent headquarters, no fixed roster, and little affection for each other. Abe Jenkins. Today in Marvel History: The Defenders' Debut. Once the Defenders grew into something resembling an ongoing team upon the arrival of Valkyrie and Nighthawk, they found themselves manipulated by the dreaded Dormammu and the wicked Loki into a “war” with the Avengers. By this time, several former members had severed ties with the team. Corrupted by the curse, Strange, Namor, Hulk, and Surfer abandoned their fellow Defenders and formed the Order, a group dedicated to ending any perceived threat to world peace by any means necessary. Many popular Marvel characters, like Ant-Man, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil, have also joined the group. While trying to defend Earth from the extra-dimensional, demonic beings called the Undying Ones, Sorcerer Supreme Dr. However, their creation, called "Him," rebelled, turned against them, and went on to become Adam Warlock. Never having worked together as a group, but only in smaller team-ups, the four crime fighters collaborated somewhat reluctantly at first to investigate the return of the allegedly deceased criminal Diamondback, and found that they were stronger working as a unit. They would serve until both teams disbanded. The... 17 Times The Hulk Was The Big Green Butt Of Almost Every MCU Joke.