What next for Marvel’s Netflix heroes?
Two bruisingly brilliant seasons of Daredevil and an equally acclaimed debut for Jessica Jones have established Netflix as the street-level frontier of Marvel’s screen universe. But that’s only the tip of the streaming giant’s superheroic ambitions…
Next out of the gates is Luke Cage, arriving for your binge-watching pleasure in late September. A solo showcase for Mike Colter, who co-starred as the bulletproof barman in
Jessica Jones, it shifts the New York action from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem, pitching Cage against the uptown underworld. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Hoker promises “The Wire of Marvel television,” informed by a ’90s hip-hop vibe and some socially conscious scripting.
That’s followed in early 2017 by Iron Fist, starring Game Of Thrones’s Finn Jones as Danny Rand, the heir to a business empire who returns to reclaim his birthright after a decade of martial arts training in the fabled Tibetan city of K’un-Lun. David Wenham is antagonist Harold Meachum, the ruthless businessman now running Rand Enterprises. The show’s ensemble includes 90210’s Jessica Stroup and
Banshee’s Tom Pelphrey as Meachum’s kids while Jessica Henwick plays urban samurai Colleen Wing, one half of the deadly Daughters of the Dragon with Misty Knight (who we’ll see in Luke Cage, played by Simone Missick).
If the show honours the comics then there’ll be a strong mystical element mixed in with the trademark Netflix grit. Iron Fist has the power to summon the occult energy known as chi, manifesting it as a flaming aura around his fightin’ hand. And star Finn Jones has certainly gone deep with the prep: his daily routine included two and a half hours of kung fu, wushu and tai-chi, followed by weight training, meditation classes and Buddhist study. Dedication, brother. The show’s filming now in New York.
It’s all building to The Defenders, uniting the Netflix heroes against the greatest threat to the city yet, beyond Kingpin, beyond Killgrave, beyond the Hand... Star Charlie Cox says it’s Matt Murdock who assembles these inner city Avengers, aware he cannot go it alone after the events of Daredevil season two. That season’s showrunners – Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez – are overseeing this show too, with Drew Goddard onboard as executive producer. Expect it mid-late 2017.
Post-Defenders we’re promised a second season of Jessica Jones, showrun by True Blood’s Raelle Tucker. And with a Punisher TV series showrun by Hannibal’s Steve Lightfoot – and whispers of a Moon Knight show in the wings – Marvel’s Netflix empire will soon rival the big screen for total superhero meltdown…
Daredevil will return – but in a different show.
Mike Colter is your hero for hire. Expect a two-year wait for new Jessica Jones.