Brief “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage,” “Defenders” Updates

A couple of small bits of news today regarding all three upcoming Marvel and Netflix TV series collaborations.

First up, “90210” actress Jessica Stroup and “Banshee” actor Tom Pelphrey have been cast in “Marvel’s Iron Fist”. Stroup will play the series regular role of Joy Meachum, while Pelphrey will play her on-screen brother Ward Meachum.

The children of Harold Meachum (David Wenham), Joy and Ward have spent their lives helping build Rand Enterprises to its current standing in the world, only to have their work put in jeopardy when Danny returns to claim his birthright. The duo joins Finn Jones as Danny Rand & Iron Fist, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, and David Wenham as Harold Meachum. All will be series regulars.

Next up, “Jessica Jones” actor Eka Darville has confirmed he’ll reprise his role of junkie neighbour turned sidekick Malcolm Ducasse from ‘Jones’ in Marvel’s upcoming “The Defenders” mini-series. He tells Spoiler TV: “I will be in it. I’m not sure how much yet but I will be in it.”

Finally, Cheo Hodari Coker, the writer and executive producer of “Luke Cage,” spoke about the upcoming series this past week and suggests to Collider that the tone of the new series will be the most sophisticated and adult of the MCU to date:

“It’s very sophisticated. I mean, it’s got a ’90s hip-hop vibe, but it’s really forward-thinking. We have Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad doing the scoring for us. We have a lot of different musical appearances, but at the same time, we’ve got the Marvel action. We’ve got drama. I would like this to be, I mean, I know this is heavy but, The Wire of Marvel television, because we really deal with a lot of different issues.”

“Luke Cage” will premiere in September, the others not until next year.