While Marvel has four original series on Netflix, a fifth with “The Defenders” event series and sixth with “The Punisher” spin-off, that hasn’t stopped them from exploring more opportunities.
“Luke Cage,” the third series of the Marvel-Netflix deal, is set to premiere next month and with it comes a bunch of new characters to the Marvel cinematic universe – including one that might one day get her own spin-off series – Misty Knight played by Simone Missick.
‘Cage’ will mark the first live-action adaptation of the blaxpoitation-influenced fan-favorite character introduced in 1975. In her earliest incarnation, she was a bionically enhanced black female detective with martial arts skills. Injured on the job preventing a bomb attack, she was gifted a bionic arm by Tony Stark which gives her superhuman strength.
In the comics she was also romantically involved with both Luke Cage and Iron Fist himself Danny Rand which means that the character could well have a big role in both upcoming shows. Could a “Misty Knight” spinoff series soon follow? Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb tells THR:
“We’re very lucky in a sense that our casts are so rich and deep and so diverse. We certainly have plans for all of our characters. A lot of it has to do with exactly how many shows Netflix is actually going to let us make. We’re up to six now…. at a certain point, we have to be careful that we’re not becoming the Marvel channel on Netflix.
I think Netflix is being very selective in terms of where we’re going. That being said, Simone just knocked it so far out of the park that we’re still trying to find the baseball. It’s somewhere out there traversing the globe. So it’s really great. And I can tell you that what she’s doing on Iron Fist, it’s just incredible. The fans are really going to love it.”
Missick herself says she’s ready and willing to star in her own show:
“Somebody put it on Twitter that they want to see a Misty Knight series with Shonda Rhimes as one of the writers. I was like, ‘Hell yeah’. How cool would that be? If you say it, if you put it out there, maybe it will happen. Tweet it, and it will come.”
“Luke Cage” will stream in its entirety beginning Friday, Septermber 30th on Netflix.