We knew that Sigourney Weaver’s mysterious Alexandra will be the primary antagonist in Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders, but we weren’t sure excatly what role she’d play in prompting the four heroes to team-up to put a stop to her machinations. The prevailing theory has always been that she’s somehow connected to The Hand (perhaps even the human vessel of The Beast?), and it sounds like that will indeed be the case.
During an interview with International Business Times, costume designer Stephanie Maslansky seemingly confirmed that Alexandra commands The Hand:
“I think that she’s clearly a baddie, and she’s the head of an ancient organization which is grounded in the comics. I hope that her wardrobe reflects that kind of ancientness. I hope I haven’t said too much. I hope Marvel doesn’t come after me.”
Though Maslansky doesn’t mention this ancient organization by name, it’s pretty obvious who she’s talking about. Not a huge surprise by any means, and we clearly still have a lot to learn about this character, but there you go.
Production on the Avatar sequel is set to begin in the fall, according to Sigourney Weaver.
“We’re starting!” the actress excitedly told The Hollywood Reporter at a screening of The Assignment, held Monday night at New York City’s Whitby Hotel. “We’re starting training, and we’re starting — hmm, I probably can’t say anything. We will be actually shooting it by the fall.”
James Cameron has previously noted that the scripts of all four Avatar films are completed, and stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are also set to return alongside Weaver. But fans were disappointed to hear that the second film would not be ready for a 2018 release date. Though the sequel to the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster, which grossed $2.7 billion at the global box office, had not officially been dated, it was expected for Christmas 2018.
Yet Weaver reassures that audiences’ patience will be rewarded in time.
“I’m telling you, these scripts are so amazing, I’m not worried about [disappointing fans] at all,” she told THR. “Am I worried about how we’re going to bring them to life? Yes, because they’re so ambitious. They’re so worth it. They’re well worth waiting for. I’m not worried about that at all. We’re trying to get it done as quickly as possible.”