I sincerely hope that for the Defenders, Luke Cage is made the designated leader, with Claire Temple as the Nick Fury-type member.
Danny is too naive and immature to be leading anyone while Matt and Jessica have WAY too many personality issues to inspire loyalty. Let’s not forget what happened in Daredevil season two with what went down between Matt, Karen, and Foggy and how Jessica treated people not named Trish and Luke.
(Malcolm is a slight exception since he did redeem himself but she still screwed him over a bit)
Luke, on the other hand, is a pretty stable dude who does inspire people. That was one of the main points in his show, that people look up to him and are inspired to do good. He may be reluctant but he definitely plays well with others and can take the lead when he needs to. Plus, he’s a former sheriff so I’m pretty sure he has actual experience leading a team into dangerous situations.
This isn’t hate on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, or Iron Fist by the way. Like, I LOVE Matt Murdock but even I’d be disappointed if he was made team leader. The man can barely manage himself, do you really think he can manage three other people, each of whom have their own issues?
Preference-Defenders React to Your Pain Transferring Powers
A/N: These are the characters I am most familiar with and these are the ones I think I can write best. If in future preferences you want me to include other characters let me know and I will do my best to learn about them.
Matt is more concerned with the implications of your powers than the fact that you actually have them. He worries that a lot of people could get killed very easily if they try to confront you. He tries to get you to quit the vigilante life, but you refuse. His insistence get’s very annoying eventually so you have to have a very stern conversation(yelling match) about why he needs to stay out of your business.
He eventually concedes when you promise over and over again that you’re very careful about which hits you let land. However, despite saying that he’s going to back of, Matt still finds himself in your vigilante territory and awful lot.
Jessica isn’t really surprised. She’s seen a lot of crazy stuff and you’re just another person on the list. You’re drinking when she finds out and she’s a little tipsy. She keeps asking you random questions like whether you can get vaccines or get surgery. Half way through the night she insists on toasting your “awesome powers that make you invincible.” The rest of the bar joins along even as you insist that she’s blowing it out of proportion.
“So can you get drunk? Or does the bartender get drunk?” she asks, leaning a little too close to you.
“No I can still get drunk. The bartender isn’t trying to hurt me or anything.”
“What about poison? Can you be roofied.”
“I’m not sure.”
“I hope you don’t find out.” You nudge her drink farther away from her hand.
“I think you’re done for the night.”
Luke is actually very interested in your powers. When he sees you fighting for the first time he spends the next couple of days thinking about it. The number one thought in his head is that maybe you’re one of the few people who could actually hurt him without the need for fancy high tech equipment.
One night he catches sight of you running after some bad guys that are running away clutching their stomachs.
“Hey you!” he yells across the street, his voice carrying in the still air.
You whip around and stare back at him as the men you were chasing run farther away. You slowly rotate so that you’re fully facing him. You know who Luke Cage is and you know exactly why he’s calling you out in the middle of the night. There’s some unspoken agreement that the fight that’s about to happen isn’t personal and is more of a game than anything real.
It turns out that your powers cancel each other out. Him punching you only results in a dull pressure in the places he hits. He can throw you large distances, but you’ve come to expect that as your only weakness. When you punch him it’s like punching a brick wall, but it doesn’t actually hurt. An hour after the fight starts you both stand in front of each other breathing hard.
“It was nice to meet you Luke Cage.” you say. He nods and the two of you part ways not knowing that you’ll be on the same team soon.
Danny Rand(Iron Fist):
Ever since you joined the Defenders Danny has been pestering you about sparring with him. He claims it would be a bonding experience. So that the two of you could become familiar with each other’s fighting technique. You think it’s a little strange that he’d want to spar with you when every hit he lands will only hurt him, but you go along with it. He’s been a Defender longer than you so he must know what he’s doing.
Only two minutes into the spar Danny is on the ground clutching his chest.
“Did you seriously not know what my abilities were. You had to agree with everyone else to even let me into your group.”
You extended a hand and helped the man up. “Matt, Luke and Jessica all loved you so much. I couldn’t just say no. But hey that’s a pretty neat power.” For someone who just received a punch to the chest only Iron Fist could dole out, Danny seemed very excited.
“Let’s go again. This time I’m ready.”
Frank Castle(The Punisher):
Frank is unfortunate enough to find out about your powers the hard way. You try to get in the middle of his newest mob boss hunt and he is not happy about it. He’s been stalking this guy for weeks, waiting for the time to attack and rid the Earth of his kidnapping, smuggling, black mailing ass. Right before he can take the shot, you jump out at the mob boss and scatter his lackeys.
While you’re tying the mobster up, Frank marches towards you like a bulldozer that is absolutely not going to stop.
“The hell are you doing?” He yells stepping right up to and grabbing a chunk of your shirt in his hand.
“Taking down a mob boss and stopping you from killing more people. I think it’s a win-win,”
“I’ve given you a break the past few times you’ve gotten in my way, but if you don’t cut it out you’re going to get hurt.”
“You can try.”
He takes your challenge seriously and you end up pummeling the Punisher. By the end of it he’s lying on the ground chuckling to himself.
“Didn’t know you were some kinda voodoo person.”
“Maybe you should have learned a little more about me before going all out.”
You feel a little bad about beating him so badly so you take him out to dinner afterwards. The two of you continue to subtly threaten each other as you eat pancakes and drink coffee. This is not the end of you and the Punisher butting heads.
You and Foggy are eating dinner at the office in silence. Out of the corner of your eye you can see Foggy glancing at you repeatedly.
“What’s up?” you ask wiping the food off your fingers.
“So you’re part of Matt’s super crime fighting force right?”
You chuckle. “The Defenders? Yes I am.”
“So what’s your power?” he asks pointing his plastic knife at you.
“Basically if someone tried to stab me, they would actually stab themselves.” Foggy stares at you in silence with his mouth slightly open.
“I thought that the bullet proof guy was the coolest out of you guys, but I think that’s a little better.”
“Wow. I’m so flattered,” you joke taking another bite.
It takes Karen a long time to process exactly what’re telling her. She was shocked enough to find out that Matt is the feared Daredevil, but now she had to accept the fact that another one of her friends was essentially unkillable.
She is very appreciative that you told her of your own free will instead of her finding out by accident. She’s very curious about the extend of your powers and she wants to ask a lot of questions, but she restrains herself. She let’s herself ask a few questions every now and then, but those questions only lead to more and more questions.
Oooh, I really love Foggy he's the cutest! Except for Karen, she really is bae. And I think I'm maybe starting to crush a little on Claire, too...
Watching Jessica Jones:
Aah, that Trish is honestly wonderful and amazing in everything she does I'm in love. And Malcolm... I mean, he's just the cutest. And this Luke...wow, just...wow. And look, there's Claire again!
Watching Luke Cage:
Luke, I mean... yeah, enough said. But there's also Misty that is totally, amazingly badass, and this Shades that is really... something special, besides being the bad guy. And of course, Claire. The one and only 💕
Watching Iron Fist:
Wow, you guys... I'm really falling for Colleen. Like, can somebody please pick me up? Ohh, and there's my wife again! Hi Claire, love you!