As expected of the San Diego Comic Con, the event is a perfect venue for some big announcements in superhero-related media. One of the more prominent bombs dropped during the SDCC as of last Thursday July 21 is those of Marvel Television and its latest developments for their Netflix shows. And with three different new series on the schedule to debut, they’ve gotten a lot of attention especially with actual teaser trailers on hand.
First on the slot is the upcoming premiere of “Luke Cage”, starring Mike Colter as the super-strong and bulletproof African-American street level “hero for hire”, who got his abilities due to experiments performed on during time in prison. The character itself has already made an appearance as a supporting character in a past Marvel-Netflix series, 2015’s “Jessica Jones” (itself set for a second season), but will now headline his own series. The story sees Cage getting involved in the conflicting agendas of two relatives: a nightclub owner (played by Mahershala Ali) running illegal operations in New York’s Harlem, and his politician cousin (played by Alfre Woodward) trying to clean up the neighborhood though not necessarily in the right way. Other cast members include Simone Missick as NYPD detective Misty Knight, Theo Rossi as career criminal “Shades” Alvarez, Rosario Dawson as night nurse and Marvel-Netflix regular character Claire Temple, and Sonia Braga as Claire’s mother Soledad. “Luke Cage” set to premiere September 30 on Netflix.
Proving that’s it’s never too early to drum up interest for the future Marvel also released two additional TV teasers for Netflix series that are not yet to hit screens until 2017. Next up to preview is “Iron Fist”, which features one of Luke Cage’s constant fighting partners in the original comics. Where Cage is more street-fight brawling and tanking small arms fire, Iron Fist taps on his supernatural martial arts training from the mystical land of K’un-L’un enabling him to focus chi onto his fist to wreck anything and anyone it hits. The showcased trailer teases a childhood origin story for Danny Rand, the eponymous Iron Fist (played as an adult by Finn Jones), who is seen surviving an aircraft crash-landing in the snowy Himalayas that killed his mother, and left him to be recovered by monks from K’un-L’un. Now grown up, Danny returns to New York and tries to cope with the changes in the life he left behind, while using his Kung-Fu to fight crime. The series also stars Jessica Henwick as martial artist Colleen Wing and Carrie-Ann Moss as Jeri Hogarth, reprising from “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil season 2”.
The last teaser is pretty much Marvel TV, ABC Studios and Netflix’s answer to the cinematic Marvel Studio’s “The Avengers”, seeing Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage and Iron Fist team up to fight major organized crime as a team, “The Defenders”.
Details are yet sketchy, save for the series coming after Iron Fist. And let’s not forget that the two Netflix shows that came before are getting new seasons as well – “Daredevil” on its third and “Jessica Jones” on its second. And with little hints being dropped by Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb and Disney CEO Bob Iger, there’s a chance far off that the Marvel characters on all three sectors of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – film, network TV and Netflix – could do an ultimate crossover of characters and events. Wouldn’t that be something?
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