While plenty of the supporting cast members in the Marvel/Netflix series’ have been very, very good in their respective roles, the last two shows gave us a pair of outstanding characters. In last year’s Luke Cage, NYPD Detective Misty Knight really stood out behind a fantastic performance from Simone Missick. She often took charge of the situation never shying away from the danger her job inherently held, and was a valuable ally to Luke as he fought for the soul of Harlem.
Similarly, in the just released Iron Fist series, Jessica Henwick was nothing short of amazing in her role as Colleen Wing. Following a chance encounter with Danny Rand, she quickly becomes one of his most trusted allies. She’s a skilled martial artist in her own right and she repeatedly displays her prowess in combat throughout the course of the show. Though the series just premiered this past Friday, already many are praising Colleen as being one of the shows distinct strengths.
While both Colleen and Misty played very important roles in Iron Fist and Luke Cage respectively, they are still technically supporting characters which is a shame. The two are very strong, dynamic characters that bring a lot to the table in their own right, and together they deserve their own spin-off series. Now, that’s not to say a show focusing on just one or the other wouldn’t be welcome, but together they could really have something special and unique with Missick and Henwick. Plus, there’s a comic precedent for the pair to team up so it just makes sense.
The two first paired up under the moniker “Daughters of the Dragon” back in 1977 and were frequently paired with Danny Rand and Luke Cage in their comic series’ Heroes for Hire and Power Man and Iron Fist. They’ve even had their own limited run entitled Daughters of the Dragon and together they run a detective agency and bail bonds place entitled “Nightwing Restorations.” That said, due to Colleen and Misty’s current positions as an owner of a dojo and a NYPD detective respectively would probably require a show to go another route.
A possibility would be for the pair to focus their efforts on helping the youth community in the city considering that they both already seem to have that passion. In Luke Cage they did a really nice job of illustrating how much Misty cares about the kids in Harlem as she grew up there herself. Likewise, Colleen’s dojo is a reprieve for the kids that don’t want to get caught up in the street life, and it gives them a safe space to be in outside of school and away from home. With that in mind, a story could easily be crafted that would give the pair of them cause to team up.
Of course, this is somewhat dependent on what happens in The Defenders series slated to release later this year. Both Misty and Colleen are confirmed for the upcoming team-up series, so it will be interesting to see if the two of them cross paths at all. If they don’t, it could make spinning the characters off a little trickier.
Additionally, there’s already a precedent set for the possibility of spin-off series. When Marvel first announced the titles they planned on bringing to Netflix the list simply included Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders. At the time it wasn’t even a given that Daredevil would get a second season. Thankfully we did as it gave us Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle (aka The Punisher), as well as Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios. Since then Marvel has announced The Punisher series which is currently in production.
If Marvel were to go ahead and give Wing and Knight their own series it would certainly go a long way in terms of featuring more female superheroes in their own shows or movies. So far there are only a few female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that have their own shows or movies. There’s the aforementioned Jessica Jones which will also be getting a second season, the short-lived Agent Carter series, and lastly the Captain Marvel movie starring Brie Larson which has yet to actually begin production. A case can be made for Hope Van Dyne as she will be assuming the mantle of The Wasp in the announced Ant-Man sequel entitled Ant-Man and The Wasp.
Moreover, a Daughters of the Dragon spin-off series would do a lot to help feature a more diverse cast of leading characters as the vast majority of Marvel shows and movies feature white men in the lead roles. Colleen and Misty can be heroes and inspiration for girls and boys everywhere, but especially to those that are black or Asian, as ethnically diverse actors and actresses don’t often get these kinds of leading roles.
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