After the acclaimed response by both critics and fans from watching Marvel’s other Netflix series, what comes next is obviously highly anticipated, an we have all the info currently available on what comes next.
2017 will likely prove to be a totem year for fans of the MCU, not only for the planned movie productions, but also because of the fine work being done representing Marvel on Netflix. As of now, it looks like we can expect to see the first season of Ironfist to start out the year beginning in March, to be followed by the Defenders this summer, with the possibility of season one of The Punisher this fall.
At this time its not clear when we should expect season 3 of Daredevil, and the second seasons of Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, but stay tuned for updates which we will post as soon as they become available.
Taking this years productions in chronological order we will begin with Iron Fist. One thing we know for sure is once again this seres will once again showcase New York’s seedy underbelly of lowlifes and criminal activity.
Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones have all highlighted some of the unlawful activity of New York City, and Iron Fist will be no different. Per the just-released official synopsis, the show will center on Daniel Rand, who fights against the criminal elements corrupting New York City with his master kung-fu skills and, of course, his ability to summon the power of the fiery Iron Fist, which strikes opponents with superhuman impact. When the series first begins, it will pick up just as Rand has returned to the Big Apple, after having gone missing from city for several years.
Although it has not been an issue so far, i have to wonder how Ironfist will do to define its own identity in contrast to Daredevil that has already pretty much defined itself as a martial arts series first, and a superhero series second. It should be interesting to see how the show’s producers go about keeping the two shows from stepping on each other’s sub-genre toes.
Following the casting of Finn Jones as Danny Rand in Marvel’s Iron Fist, rumors about which characters will join the supporting cast are starting to circulate. According to MCU Exchange and The Hashtag Show, these four characters will be included on the show alongside the titular hero for hire: Colleen Wing (aka Lady Samurai), well-known Iron Fist supervillain Davos (aka the Steel Serpent) and Joy and Ward Meachum, whom are both part of Danny’s life.
David Wenham has signed on to play Harold Meachum, a ruthless corporate leader who was partners with Danny Rand’s parents at the time of their deaths. Per Marvel, the role he plays in Danny’s past and future will be revealed over the course of the series. Jessica Henwick (who plays Nymeria Sand on HBO’s Game of Thrones), has been selected to play the part of Iron Fist’s samurai ally, and Rosario Dawson will reprise her role as Claire Temple and will appear in Iron Fist, as she has in Netflix’s previous three Marvel hero series.(see photos below)
Next, as comic fans know by now, The Defenders will join together all of the titular heroes from Netflix’s solo Marvel series — including Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter, and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). Together, the four will battle against their biggest foe yet. Sigourney Weaver’s Alexandra, the villain of Marvel’s The Defenders.
I reaad somewhre yesterday that the team meets at the mysterious hole revealed in Dardevil season 2, and that Danny Rand knows something about what’s really going on. In any case mention of the mysterious hole conjures the implication we’ll see more of Stick (Scott Glenn) and Elektra (Elodie Yung) as part of this series. In fact its Glenn’s voice in the teaser for the series. This is starting to sound epic.
Apparently, The Defenders will introduce the title team by seeing the individual members arriving at the offices of Midland Circle where an epic brawl breaks out before they can even properly introduce themselves. I’m sure they’ll have plenty of time to work out their differences over the crossover series’ eight episodes, especially since audiences have already come to know and love the heroes during their own solo adventures. But four capable heroes who have previously dispatched villains on their own are going to need a truly despicable antagonist to warrant their coming together to take him on, or in the case of Sigourney Weaver‘s newly revealed villainous role, to take her on.
Unlike the its predecessors, The Defenders is a miniseries rather than a full series. So rather than being 13 episodes, it will only be eight episodes, all of which will surely be released at once just like with most of Netflix’s other TV content. The Marvel Netflix shows, like many cable shows, have been praised for telling tight stories without a lot of filler, and The Defenders is only going to make things tighter. It remains to be seen whether one will need to have watched all of the previous series’ to understand what’s going on or if it will be easy to jump into by itself. Of course, given how well these shows have been critically received so far, we would recommend the former. Also, just because this is a miniseries doesn’t mean that the Defenders couldn’t someday reunite. After more seasons of these Marvel shows have aired, maybe The Defenders 2 miniseries could air, but that would be a long ways away.
As far as the third MCU production of the year goes, it’s far from official, we might see the series debut as early as November of this year (2017). Besides featuring Jon Bernthal as the titular character, who has still not reached the final stage of his transformation into the Punisher we all know and love, its also rumored the series will also feature Deborah Ann Woll reprising her role as Karen Page. this makes a lot of sense considering the rapport her character established with Frank Castle in season 2 of Daredevil.
All in all it spells out a season of MCU not to be missed and one I am psyched for. stay tuned for updates as they become available, and in the meantime, happy viewing.