How old is each Marvel Defenders character in the MCU

Here are the ages of each of the main characters in the Defenders Saga. Until very recently, old Netflix shows were only tenuously connected to the wider MCU, and alongside that there wasn’t usually much attention given to the exact moments in time when the stories were taking place. The answers to these questions are there, however, and with them comes the ability to determine the supposed age of all leads.

The Defenders Saga was the Marvel Television subsection that included the six MCU shows originally made for Netflix: daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, iron fist, The defendersand The Punisher. After Marvel Television shut down in 2019 and officially concluded with the final season of Agents of SHIELD, it appeared that the Defenders saga was over and the future of the shows and its characters would be up in the air once their licenses on Netflix expired and Marvel Studios began to focus on Disney+ shows. However, thanks to cameos from Daredevil and Kingpin in Spider-Man: No Coming Home and Hawk Eyerespectively, and with all shows being moved to Disney+, new interest in the Defenders saga has been sparked among fans new and old.


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Here are the ages of all the protagonists of the Defenders saga. Although each series has its own set of protagonists, only the ages of each show’s main protagonists will be discussed. While this list only covers their ages up to their most recent appearances in the MCU, as everything below is unclear, the team incorporates a range of different experience levels and generations.

How old is Daredevil

daredevil image

The first Defenders Saga protagonist discussed is, naturally, the protagonist of the first Defenders Saga entry, Matt Murdock aka Daredevil. Like the other characters on this list, Matt’s exact birthday is not given in the show, but by combining details from various episodes of daredevillike how Maggie Grace had been a nun for about 30 years after Matt’s conception, one can conclude that Matt was born in early 1985. That, combined with daredevil the first season being declared to take place shortly before Avengers: Age of Ultronwould mean Matt was around 30 at the start of daredevil and 32 at the end, since the show ended in late 2017, in-universe. After that, assuming Matt didn’t fall victim to the Blip, he would age another seven years by the time he appeared in Spider-Man: No Coming Home be 39 years old.

How old is Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones seated in Defenders.

Jessica Jones is the protagonist of the series of the same name, and with Jessica Jones season 3 having been released in June 2019, its conclusion marked the end of the Defenders Saga on Netflix. In Jessica Jones season 1, episode 12, it was established that Jessica was 14 when her family died in a car accident in April 2000, meaning she was born in 1985 or 1986, and with Jessica Jones season 1 takes place around the same time as daredevil season 1, that would put her between 29 and 30 on her debut. It’s established that the same car accident happened 17 years before season 2, and with season 3 taking place the following year, that would mean that Jessica Jones season 3 ends in 2018 with Jessica being 32 or 33 years old.

How old is Luke Cage

Mike Colter as Luke Cage

Luke Cage, played by Evil Star Mike Colter, was the third protagonist of the Defenders saga and, subsequently, the first African-American lead in an MCU project. In Luke Cage season 1, episode 10, a May 1997 newspaper article stated that Luke was 17 when he was tried for auto theft, meaning Luke was likely born in the spring of 1980. Luke Cage season 1 is set in 2015, the same year it appeared on Jessica Jonesso he would be 35 at the time, and with his last appearance in the Defenders saga being a cameo in Jessica Jones Season 3, which took place in 2018, would make Luke around 38 when he last appeared. Interestingly, Colter himself is slightly older than the character he portrays, having turned nearly 40 when Luke Cage season 1 is out.

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How old is Iron Fist

Finn Jones fights like Iron Fist

Danny Rand aka Iron Fist was the last Defenders protagonist to be featured before Marvel’s. The defenders. Danny’s family was in a plane crash 15 years before the show, and dates for both, in addition to Danny’s age, can be gathered by another character, Ward Meachum. In iron fist season 1, episode 9, it is established that Ward was born in 1986, and with the series premiere establishing that he was 15 when the Rands went missing, that would mean the plane crash happened in 2001, the show starts in 2016, and Danny, who was 10 at the time, was born in 1991 and was around 25 when the show started. Besides, iron fist season 2 is supposed to take place between The defenders and daredevil season 3, when Matt was supposed to be dead, meaning it should have taken place in 2017 at the latest, thus making Danny around 26 when he last appeared.

How old is the punisher

Jon Bernthal the Punisher

Frank Castle aka The Punisher is the latest protagonist in the Defenders saga. promotional material for The Punisher revealed that Frank was 35, and with the first episode referencing an event from daredevil season 2, which took place in 2015, like a year ago, that would mean that The Punisher season 1 is set in 2016 and Frank was born in 1981. Season 2 episode 11 also shows an ID that became valid in January 2018 which means that The Punisher season 2 is set in 2018 and Frank is around 37 when the series ends. Former Marvel Television President Jeph Loeb said every show with new content released between April 2018 and April 2019 happened before the Blip in Avengers: Infinity Warso that gives even more credence to The Punisher season 2, and various other shows in the Defenders Sagataking place no later than 2018.

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