Some really exciting news has been surfacing as of late about the budding world of Marvel's street level super heroes on Netflix. First it looks like they can't seem to move fast enough to get another season of Jessica Jones back for next year. Luke Cage is shaping up to be interesting with a solid return from Claire Temple/Night Nurse (Rosario Dawson) who is officially the Coulson of the Netflix Marvel U since she keeps showing up on every new show. Also it looks like Luke Cage will be pulling some old school heroes and villains from the 70's with a retro makeover. Hero Misty Knight is showing up as hopefully part of Hero for Hire which was the agency Luke and Danny Rand (Iron Fist) set up to right wrongs..for a price in the comics. It would be awesome to see it in full force in his show. I don't see Danny Rand on the cast list on IMDB but we know for sure he's going to have his own tv show or at least a Netflix movie in the next year or so. Mike Colter who plays Luke Cage is telling the comic sites that Danny Rand has already been cast but they just haven't revealed it yet. They seem to be having a little trouble getting Iron Fist off the ground perhaps they are having difficulty balancing the mystical aspect of his powers and mission versus the street level heroes they have created already in Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Still, can't wait to see who Marvel has picked to throw fire punches. Daredevil is also coming back in March for it's 2nd season this time featuring Elektra and the Punisher. Apparently Marvel was so thrilled with Jon Bernthal's take on Frank Castle that they are ordering up a solo show for him down the road.
What's most intriguing about this upcoming season is that the Punisher is playing more of an antagonist to Charlie Cox's Daredevil. Which is really exciting. Not to mention we are going to get a good look at Daredevil's on and off girlfriend Elektra this season and possibly a glimpse of the baddest of Daredevil baddies, Bullseye. All roads are leading toward the Defenders, which is why I wrote this article in the first place. So the question is what is the Defenders and what shape will it take on Netflix. In the comics the Defenders were created in 1971 and they were kind of like the spiritual version of the Avengers. They consisted of Dr. Strange, the Hulk, Silver Surfer and Namor. They primarily fought supernatural and magical foes but they did rotate the roster throughout it's run with heroes like Luke Cage, Valkyrie, Night Hawk, Iron Fist and Beast from the X-Men. I'm going to take a wild leap and say that these new Defenders probably won't be fighting too many people with magical powers which means the Mandarin, Fing Fang Foom and Dormmamu are certainly out. Doctor Strange is clearly out since he is hitting the big screen Nov. 4 this year. This looks to be really only taking the Defenders name and making them a street level Avengers team. This team is pretty clearly Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist and there are rumors that the Punisher and or Blade may be one too. Not sure what I think about this as Punisher is truly a loner and does not work well with others but it could be interesting as long as he isn't just shoe horned in. Blade however could be very cool especially if they somehow find a way to connect it to the Wesley Snipes films. The rumor is that Snipes is looking to reprise the role as an older worn out Blade and his daughter is taking up the mantle. It's an exciting time to be a comics fan with the Marvel Universe expanding further into more connected projects. The next big question, will anyone from these series transfer to what's going on in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018?
Netflix - Road to the Defenders
Daredevil Season 2: 3/18/16
Luke Cage Season 1: 11/16 ???
Jessica Jones Season 2: 2017 ??
Iron Fist Season 1: 2017 ??
Punisher Season 1 2017 ???
Blade Season 1 2018 ???? (This one is still very much a rumor but it's an intriguing one.)
Defenders Season 1 No date set