Netflix's "The Defenders" finally brings Marvel's "street level" super hero team to television, but the four leads aren't the only Marvel characters who've staffed the group. In the comics, The Defenders have had dozens of incarnations over the years -- fitting since the team is defined by its lack of organization. No bylaws, just a convenient team-up of whoever is available whenever something needs stopping, even if the team doesn't like each other. Here's who has signed up as an official team member since the comic's 1971 debut.
(Note: We're not counting those who joined the team for a single battle in the 1970s, the so-called "defenders for a day.")
Marvel's cynical detective/drunk is the most recent addition to the comic-book Defenders, making her team debut in June, 2017 in a version that includes Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, just like the Netflix series.
It's highly unlikely we'll ever see him on TV, but the version of the growing/shrinking hero played by Paul Rudd in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a member of the 7th comic book incarnation of The Defenders, starting in 2012.
The former cat burglar-turned on-and-off-again Spider-Man girlfriend was a member of the 2011 version of the team.
Another member of the 2011 team, Betty Ross (Bruce Banner's love interest), made use of her recently-acquired Hulk-like super powers.
The teen mutant was a member of the underwater Deep's Defenders, striving to liberate an occupied Atlantis.
Another member of the Deep's Defenders, she's inherited her powers from her father, the Hulk. (The Defenders love having Hulks around.)
This Jack Kirby/Stan Lee supervillain is also a mercenary. He joined a version of the Defenders that was originally assembled by Tony Stark, called, The Initiative.
Another mercenary member of The Initiative.
Another Initiative mercenary, Junta debuted in the "Black Panther" comics.
This supervillain-turned-nominal hero was recruited for the mercenary version of The Initiative
The invincible Russian was a member of The Initiative when it was still run by Tony Stark. Sadly, he didn't team up with Deadpool.
Bruce Banners cousin, Jennifer Walters, got some of his Hulk powers after a blood transfusion. But she got to keep her wits, and, in addition to other superhero teams, she's been in The Order, the Initiative Team and the 2011 Defenders.
Power Man has been on a lot of Defenders teams: the '70s original, the Secret Defenders, and the newest version.
This Original team member was also in The Order and the Initiative team.
She'll be seen kicking ass in "Thor: Ragnarok" later this year, but in the comics she's been a member of the original team, the New Defenders, and The Order.
Like Daredevil, Danny Rand was a Defender for a day back in the '70s. He later joined the team for real as a Secret Defender, returned for the 2011 version of the team and is a member of its current incarnation.
The Sub-Mariner was an early Marvel creation (1939!) and later repurposed as a Fantastic Four frenemy. He's a cofounder of The Defenders and later was part of The Order, the Deep's Defenders, and the 2011 team.
Did you know The Hulk is a founding member of The Defenders? It's true. He was also in Secret Defenders, The Order, and the 2011 version of the team.
The former herald of the devourer Galactus has been part of five incarnations of The Defenders, including the original 1970s team.
The sorcerer supreme (played in the MCU by Benedict Cumberbatch) isn't just amazing at magic, he also founded the comic book Defenders, and has led five incarnations of the team.