If you love your Netflix account and you’re a Marvel Comics fan, then late 2016 into 2017 will be a great streaming season for fans—yours truly included. At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, a lot of panels and trailers were dropped on fans in regards to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s—the TV and film versions of Marvel Comics—shows on Netflix.
On the fresh side of MCU shows, you had a panel and trailer for Marvel’s Luke Cage which has been anticipated for some time and given a late September release (9/30). Marvel’s The Defenders and Marvel’s Iron Fist will be released in 2017.
For those unfamiliar, Netflix’s Marvel shows tend to focus on the name anti-heroes and mainly street-level heroes of the Marvel Universe (Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, The Punisher, Iron Fist, etc.) based in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
Debuting in Marvel Comics in the 1970s, Luke Cage is a bulletproof hero with super strength who got his powers via an experimental procedure—because everyone was about replicating the super serum that made Captain America in some way. He made his Netflix Marvel series debut in season one of Marvel’s Jessica Jones as a love interest and partner.
Jessica Jones made her debut in the early 2000s and possessed superhuman strength, psionic abilities and flight (in the Netflix series, she can merely jump great lengths). She gained her powers following a car crash with a vehicle carrying radioactive materials. In Marvel’s Jessica Jones, she uses her powers in the course of her investigative work.
The Punisher is a hyper violent vigilante and former soldier who returned from the war and is hunting down organized crime groups after his wife and child are killed. He makes his debut in Daredevil season two and pretty much stole the season. He comes into conflict with Daredevil over his methods. His story is fairly unchanged from the comic book outside of being modernized.
Iron Fist is the best friend of Luke Cage—by the comics—and a master of martial arts and wields the Iron Fist a power that allows him focus his life force—or chi/ki. As with the other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his story and progression will obviously see some changes from the source material.
The blind vigilante known as Daredevil is a master of martial arts and has heightened senses. Speaking of Daredevil, the Netflix series will get a third season with Marvel’s Jessica Jones picking up a second season. The great reaction to The Punisher in season two has resulted in a spinoff for the violent vigilante as well.
All of this will build up to The Defenders—basically Hell’s Kitchen’s version of the The Avengers taking on organized crime and powered heroes involved in organized crime—and will also see Misty Knight—a heroine with super strength, a martial arts background, and a skilled detective—make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut via Marvel’s Luke Cage.
So it will be a huge season for Marvel. What series are you looking forward to?