Who did The Marvel The Defenders team face off against in the comics?
The 1939 Timely Publications, now known as Marvel Worldwide Inc. features the guardians of humanity portrayed by the characters such as Iron Man, Spiderman, Superman, Hulk, Thor and Captain America, who fight against the evils threatening the fate of mankind with their supernatural powers. These super heroes come together in groups or teams to form different unions such as The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, The Guardians of Galaxy and the Defenders. All these teams have been penned down in their respective comic series and publications under the copyrights of Marvel Worldwide Inc.
The Defenders, as I’m sure you all have seen in the Netflix adaptation, is a fictional superhero group shown in the American Marvel Comics. But, the original four as its primary albeit rotating members were none other than Doctor Strange, Hulk, Namor and Silver Surfer, who are portrayed in most of the comics of The Defenders.
The first appearance of The Defenders was way back in Marvel Feature#1 (December 1971). The comic series from 1972 to 1998 included various super heroes including Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Beast, and Son of Satan. But a fresh appearance of Doctor Strange along with Sub Mariner and Hulk made it possible to fight the Lovecraftian interplanar beings headed by The Nameless One. In 1971 the first feature showed The Defenders fighting against Alien Techno Wizard Yandroth.
In the decade of 1970, The Defenders comics suffered some personal
influences caused by the changes in the writing, rights being passed on to different writers, and an overall culture change. Some of the writers during this time tried to keep the story simple as fighting the evil and leading the truth, while other writers tried to punish The Defenders for being non humans. One such writer David Kraft attempted to introduce numerous new heroes in The Defenders team and also disguising the villains as The Defenders who then robbed people.
Fast forward a bit..
The New Defenders series included the primary four members who were expelled from the Earth as it was shown in a prophecy that they would be responsible for the destruction of Earth. While in the new issue of The New Defenders#152, Gargoyle, Valkyrie, Manslaughter and Interloper join to fight against the Dragon of the Moon. In 2002, The Defenders Volume2, a curse was placed upon the four Defenders that they would pass from extreme crisis situations.
Again in the new seires, Defenders: Indefensible, Doctor Strange try to assemble the four Defenders to battle Dormammu and Umar. Now in the 2017 series, what is ultimatley left behind through various changes and rotating characters are the four primary characters that were portrayed on the current adaptation. The Defenders would be assembled by Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist to fight the Villains that caused the abruption in Hells Kitchen and various parts of New York.