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'Iron Fist' teaser trailer debuts at New York Comic Con; 'Defenders' unite on stage for first time

Screen icon Sigourney Weaver will be playing a "significant but unspecified role" in "The Defenders," it was also announced.

By Karen Butler
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'Iron Fist' teaser trailer debuts at New York Comic Con; 'Defenders' unite on stage for first time
"The Defenders" co-star Sigourney Weaver arrives at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of her film "(re)Assignment" on September 14, 2016. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Netflix and Marvel hosted a blockbuster New York Comic Con panel Saturday with the debut of the first teaser trailer for Marvel's Iron Fist and an introduction to the cast of the upcoming series The Defenders.

Iron Fist stars Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, David Wenham and Rosario Dawson -- and show-runner/executive producer Scott Buck -- were on hand to talk up the 13-episode show, which is set to start streaming March 17.

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Among the surprise guests at the Marvel television panel were Erik LaRay Harvey, who plays Willis Stryker/Diamondback, in Marvel's Luke Cage.

Jon Bernthal, who plays Frank Castle/The Punisher, introduced Deborah Ann Woll and revealed she is joining him in Marvel's The Punisher, where she will once again play Karen Page, a character who first appeared in Marvel's Daredevil.

The panel ended when the cast of the future superhero ensemble series Marvel's The Defenders united on stage. The crime-busting foursome is comprised of Charlie Cox, who plays Matt Murdock/Daredevil on Marvel's Daredevil; Krysten Ritter, who plays Jessica Jones in Marvel's Jessica Jones; Mike Colter who plays Luke Cage in Marvel's Luke Cage; and Finn Jones, who plays Danny Rand on Marvel's Iron Fist.

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It was also announced that screen icon Sigourney Weaver, who appeared alongside the others, will be playing a "significant but unspecified role" in Marvel's The Defenders, which brings together characters from the other Marvel/Netflix series.

"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," said Jeph Loeb, executive producer and head of Marvel Television.

"Sigourney Weaver, what more is there to say?" inquired Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix. "She's a formidable actress and we are thrilled to have her join our remarkable cast alongside Charlie, Krysten, Mike and Finn."

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