Sigourney Weaver is Marvel’s new villain – but who’s she playing in The Defenders?

The Hand need a new leader...

Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters
Are you the keymaster? Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters. Image Picture Sony

Daredevil, Jessica Jones and more recently Luke Cage have been some of Netflix’s biggest hit shows with another new series based around the character Iron Fist set to debut in March next year.

The plan has always been for these four heroes to eventually team up for a Defenders series to debut some time next year. However Marvel have been keeping details of any potential villains close to their chests.

Now though, we at least know who’ll be playing the show’s big bad: none other than Sigourney Weaver.

The Alien star is a slightly surprising but not at all unwelcome addition to the cast, though it remains to be seen exactly who she’ll be playing.

The most likely scenario would seem to point towards Weaver playing a leader of sorts to The Hand, the super villain organisation that has been seen in Daredevil already.

It would make sense as *SPOILERS* the ending to Daredevil season 2 now sees The Hand without a leader after their previous figurehead Nobu was killed by Stick.

Another possibility would see Weaver playing Viper, a villainous mastermind who in the comics has ties to The Hand. This will mark the first time Weaver’s been in baddie mode in a blockbuster production since her possessed turn in Ghostbusters back in the 80s.

Whoever she ends up playing, Weaver is a suave bit of casting by Marvel who have been pretty spot-on with their choices ever since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2008’s Iron Man.

That universe has now expanded to include TV as well as film, and while Agents of SHIELD has catered to the more family friendly content over on ABC, it is the more R-rated show on Netflix that has seen Marvel Studios earn some of its highest critical praise.

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Loaded digital reporter Oli Palmer has been writing about film/TV since 2013. Follow Oli on Twitter at @olipalmer