Following eights seasons of programming to date, Netflix is showing no signs of slowing the Marvel train anytime soon. The second season of Luke Cage is out in a couple of weeks, with the second seasons of The Punisher and Iron Fist both moving towards post-production, and Jessica Jones season three reported to start shooting soon. Let’s check in with our street-level, Thanos-free MCU heroes and see what we have to look forward to.
Updated on 6/14 – “Harlem doesn’t need a hero, it needs a queen.”
The second full trailer for season two of Luke Cage has dropped, with Alfre Woodard’s Mariah Dillard in the spotlight. We’re now only about a week out from seeing the next season of Marvel television drop on Netflix, and the latest trailer doesn’t focus much on our heroes. Luke Cage takes a bit of a back seat this time, with not so much as an appearance from Claire, Misty, or the Immortal Iron Fist. Instead, it’s all about Mariah, Shades, the Bushmaster, and we even get a quick glimpse of Rosalie Carbone.
*Possible Spoilers for all currently released Marvel/Netflix seasons, as well as some old comic book plotlines.
Luke Cage – Season 2 (June 22)
So we’ve already talked about the cast additions of Annabella Sciorra (as Rosalie Carbone) and Mustafa Shakir (Bushmaster) back when the show’s full season two trailer dropped last month. And now as we approach Cage’s return on June 22, one character’s future seems to be in question. Rosario Dawson, who plays super nurse Claire Temple, was asked about her Marvel future last week in London:
“Yeah, its pretty wild actually. I don’t know if I’ll be back after this, to be honest, but it’s been an amazing few years. I’ve been on a lot of different shows. I mean, I don’t know if maybe they do a third season of Luke Cage potentially, or maybe if they figure out some kind of way for me to be on The Punisher – just so I can feel like I’ve done every show. But it’s been like, my daughter is high school, so I kinda wanna’ not be 3000 miles away for work.” [via Screen Geek]
Seeing as she leaves the door open for a return, we can probably assume Claire won’t die in Luke Cage S2, that or the veteran actor is being very clever with fans. And as Claire is one of my personal favorite characters throughout all the shows, it would be a bummer to see her not involved, even if her presence in Iron Fist S1 seemed unnaturally forced.
As for the big man himself, it’s only a few weeks now till we get to see him tussle with Bushmaster, and the early word is the sophomore effort for the show is solid. And Luke won’t be flying solo either. Aside from Claire and Misty Knight, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) will also show up at some point. From Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker:
“It doesn’t bother me that people have criticized Iron Fist on his series and on The Defenders,” Coker says. “I’m arrogant enough to think that Iron Fist appearing on our show has a different sensibility. And so, it’s like—that’s the thing—I’m not dissuaded by that because Iron Fist, I think, is a dope character. And I think when you see Iron Fist within the realm of Luke Cage, and the way that we do things, I think—hopefully—that people are going to come to appreciate the character differently, and hopefully that swagger that he’ll get from appearing in the Luke Cage universe will carry over into [Iron Fist Season 2].”
The first episode of the season, titled “Soul Brother #1” was directed by actress Lucy Liu (Payback, Charlie’s Angels) who currently stars in CBS’s take on Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, of which she’s directed four episodes. The episode title “Soul Brother #1” comes from a track by Pete Rock and CL Smooth, as do all the other episodes titles this season. Much like how season one featured all episodes taken from Gang Starr tracks.
This will mark the fourth time Mike Colter has portrayed the near-indestructible hero (Jessica Jones S1, Luke Cage S1, The Defenders) and we’re excited to see what’s in store for him in Harlem this time around.
Following season two of Luke Cage, we don’t have any release dates, but this is the updated order which I think the shows will drop;
- Iron Fist S2 – Late 2018
- The Punisher S2 – Early 2019
- Daredevil S3 – Summer/Fall 2019
- Jessica Jones S3 – Late 2019/ Early 2020
Iron Fist – Season 2
Some recently leaked set shots show Danny Rand fighting his old friend Davos, who is none too pleased with the Immortal Iron Fist abandoning his post. There is no trailer or anything for this, but the hiring of a new showrunner seems to imply that fan criticisms of the first season weren’t totally ignored, and the hope is that Raven Metzner can fix what was widely considered the weakest of the five shows. Of course, his own track record leaves some more to be desired. Previously, he wrote the Jennifer Garner-led Elektra movie and produced Falling Skies, Heroes Reborn, and Sleepy Hollow. While some of that stuff is watchable, none of it is very good. Here’s hoping Iron Fist turns out better than those others.
The big question a lot of people are asking is – how big a part will Luke Cage play in the upcoming season? When asked about it, Mike Colter simply responded: “I cannot say.” But with Danny showing up on LCs2, it seems like this could be the perfect opportunity to set up a “Heroes For Hire” series, combing Cage and Fist into one show, and opening the door for another Marvel Knights character to appear – perhaps a Moon Knight series?
As for new faces, the most notable seems to be Alice Eve, though we still aren’t sure who she is playing Lady Gorgon is a popular theory. In all likelihood, season two will focus on Danny and Colleen Wing dealing with the fallout after the destruction of K’un-Lun at the end of season one, and possibly see Colleen and Misty Knight teaming up for some Daughters of the Dragon action.
On June 7, in a Reddit AMA with Jeph Loeb, the Head of Marvel TV, Loeb was asked if Iron Fist was ever going to get his suit from the comics, to which he replied: “You’ll be very happy with Season 2 coming this year!” which tells us two things.
First, YES, Rand should appear with his more classic (or more likey, modern) comic book attire, and second – Iron Fist S2 is slated for release this year. That likely jumps it over The Punisher S2 which we thought might drop first, and Daredevil S3 which began shooting before either of those shows. Though Marvel could always throw us a curve ball and choose to do four seasons in 2018…
The Punisher – Season 2
As of late Twitter has been abuzz with set photos and behind-the-scenes looks at Jon Bernthal’s brilliant take on Frank Castle. Premiering first on season two of Daredevil, last year we saw the Punisher in his own series and reviews were pretty universally positive. Ultraviolent, and while not ripped directly from the pages of Marvel, it stayed true to the character, and we fans were thankful. Now as the second season pushes through filming, we’re getting bits and pieces from the set – most recently revealing the return of Billy Russo a.k.a. Jigsaw, played by Ben Barnes.
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Recent rumors suggest that season two might adapt the 2004 Garth Ennis arc ‘The Slavers’ from Punisher MAX. This is regarded as one of the darkest Punisher stories ever.
…Viorica tells Frank that she was forced into prostitution and kept by slavers living in New York City and that after she escaped they tried to track her down and murdered her child. The Punisher then turns all of his attention to the forced prostitution ring and sets out to destroy it.
This would seem a good fit for the darkest of the Marvel shows and gives Frank a set of targets no one will feel bad about seeing slaughtered.
As for the cast, we’ve already reported on Supergirl‘s Floriana Lima, as well as Josh Stewart and Giorgia Whigham all joining the show, but now Netflix has added two, more recognizable faces to the show’s roster as well – Major League‘s Corbin Bernsen (LA Law, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Psych), and Super-alum Annette O’Toole, who not only played Martha Kent on Smallville but Lana Lang in Superman III as well. Additionally, she was the original Beverly Marsh in the 1990 mini-series It. Bernsen and O’Toole play “Anderson and Eliza Schultz, a rich married couple with illicit business dealings” and appear to be new characters for the show, not names pulled from the comic.
Bernsen is set to play Anderson Schultz, an extremely wealthy man who’s grown accustomed to getting his way. His power and legacy are of prime importance, and he’ll implement less-than-legal means to further those ends. O’Toole will step into the role of the conniving Eliza Schultz, Anderson’s equally manipulative wife. [via Deadline]
Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) is also set to return, after appearing in four episodes from season one, as well as playing a big part in Castle’s story arc during season two of Daredevil. Microchip (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) is also expected back for the sophomore effort.
Again, we don’t have a release date yet for this, but it shouldn’t be too far behind Iron Fist S2, giving each show two full seasons before Daredevil drops number three.
Daredevil – Season 3
When last we saw Matt Murdoch, his life was in shambles, as per usual, Elektra was dead in his arms – again – and he himself was assumed deceased by Foggy, Karen and the Defenders. All par for the course when talking about the world’s unluckiest super, Daredevil. As The Defenders comes to a close we see Karen and Foggy at Matt’s sparsely attended funeral, just before he awakens in the care of a nun going by the name of Maggie. Comic fans know this is likely Matt’s mother, and all signs point to the “Born Again” story arc from Marvel Comics playing out here. We’ve already talked about the possible involvement of Bullseye in the coming season, and why that’s bad for Karen, and we know that Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is set to return, but past that we don’t have many details.
What we do have though – lightsabers.
Jessica Jones – Season 3
The first series we got in 2018 was Jessica Jones S2, which wasn’t quite as good as season one, but still kept us watching and wanting more. Given the unpredictable release schedules here (roughly 27 months between JJS1 and JJS2), we’re pleased to hear that Krysten Ritter is already prepping for season three, even though we’ll still likely have to wait till the end of 2019 at the earliest to see it:
“Spoiler alert! I start very soon. I’m training, boxing, all of that. Pumping iron. You have to get yourself physically prepared to do the stunts, but also our schedule’s crazy. We work long hours, sometimes we work overnight. I found that when I start off in really good shape, I feel better and I can keep up with the schedule.
What I love so much about Season One or Season Two were how deeply personal both storylines were, but different. So I got to explore different things within her and in my performance, show new colors, I think Season One and Two, we really looked back at Jessica’s past. We looked at what made her as hardcore she is and how isolated [she is], and she’s learned a lot — I think especially in Season Two she’s learned a lot about herself. She has a lot to live up to, and I’m curious to see what she does next.”
– Krysten Ritter at Comicpalooza in Houston
These quotes courtesy of ComicBook.com and it all sounds like good news to us. And with the possibility of Rosario Dawson hanging up the Nurse scrubs, that could open the door for Luke and Jessica it get back together, and perhaps even tie the knot, the way they did in the comics. Season three should also give us a look at Trish Walker and her new powers, maybe we’ll finally get see her as her Hellcat persona…
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