Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, and Defenders. OH MY!
The first day of San Diego Comic-Con bookended on some pretty super heroic notes when Marvel showed off not one, but three of their upcoming Netflix shows.
First up is Luke Cage. We see him wrestling with a decision to use his powers for good or (maybe) not at all. When he gives it a shot, he’s like a justice-fueled bull in a china shop. On those who deserve it, naturally.
Luke Cage stars Mike Colter as the lead, as well as Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth, Rosario Dawson as nurse Claire Temple, Sonia Braga as Soledad Temple (Claire Temple’s Mom), Frank Whaley as Detective Scarfe and Simone Missick as Misty Knight.
Luke Cage debuts on Netflix on September 30, 2016.
Next on the superhero debut list is Iron Fist. This teaser briefly touches on Danny Rand’s origin — how he literally crashed into the mystical city of K’un Lun when he was a child. Then we see him as an adult — not at all fitting into modern city life — punching a great big, person-sized hole in the wall. Hm, maybe that’s how he gets his name…
Game of Thrones‘ alum, Finn Jones, stars as the titular hero, and Scott Buck (Six Feet Under) jumps on board as showrunner. A release date hasn’t been announced yet, but it will lead into our next series….
The above Defenders teaser doesn’t really show anyone in particular. It’s more a series of animated graphics meant to tell you that this exists. Or…will exist soon. It features bits of imagery symbolizing each hero on the team: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.
A familiar voice does pop in at the very end, and it gives me the impression that he’s going to start popping up in other shows other than Daredevil. Yes, I’m talking about Stick (Scott Glenn), Daredevil‘s mentor from hell.
No set date was announced for this one either, but you can bet it’ll pop into your Netflix queue sometime in 2017. Maybe. It’s not entirely clear how Marvel and Netflix will schedule their upcoming shows past Luke Cage, with Jessica Jones and Daredevil respectively renewed for another season. What we do know, is that Defenders is labeled as a miniseries meant to round out the overarching plot currently developing across all of the Marvel/Netflix shows.