Sweeeeeet Christmas! A whole bunch of new developments for Netflix's Marvel shows dropped this week, and fans are ready to start picking them apart.
For one thing, Power Man (aka Luke Cage) arrives for his second season this summer on June 22, according to a new teaser trailer released by Netflix. In the video below, Cage (Mike Colter) taunts villains who are dumb enough to try and oppose him. "You can't burn me, you can't blast me, and you definitely can't break me! Wanna test me? Step up, I'm right here!"
Based on previous images of Luke Cage Season 2, we'll get to see Luke teaming up with Danny Rand (Finn Jones), the Iron Fist, and form the Heroes for Hire, or at least some semblance of it from the comics. Another picture confirmed that Misty Knight (Simone Missick) would get her bionic arm after her human one was shot at the end of last season.
Returning cast members include Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard), Theo Rossi ("Shades"), and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple).
Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce) and Gabrielle Dennis (Rosewood) were added for Season 2, whose first episode was directed by actress Lucy Liu (Charlie's Angels). Shakir will play John McIver/Bushmaster, and Dennis will portray Tilda Johnson.
Season 3 of Daredevil is also on its way and Marvel's chief creative officer, Joe Quesada, posted the first concept art for it on Twitter. While the art doesn't reveal much about the content of the third season, filming began back in November and the episodes are expected to drop sometime later this year.
In terms of plot, there's definitely to fallout from last summer's Defenders crossover miniseries as Daredevil (Charlie Cox) sacrificed himself in the crumbling building to defeat Elektra and the Hand. Next thing we know, he's waking up in a bed with a nun looking over him. There's also Matt's relationship with Karen now that she knows his secret identity. It was also confirmed that Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (played by Vincent D'Onofrio) would return as a villain.
And finally, Iron Fist also got Quesada-drawn art for Season 2, which began production in December. Again, not much to glean when it comes to what the plot will contain, but Iron Fist is certainly considered the weakest of all the Marvel Netflix shows. It debuted to extremely negative reviews and viewers weren't enamored with Finn Jones' take on the character, whom they considered to be a stubborn and petulant child. The series was also hit with accusations of whitewashing.
Nevertheless, you can probably expect Season 2 to find Rand settling in his place as a street-level hero in New York City, exploring his relationship with Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), and finding out what happened to the mystical city of K'un-Lun, where he was raised. He'll pop up before then in Luke Cage's second season in June and Luke will probably do the same whenever Iron Fist's second outing gets here.
The next Marvel series coming to Netflix is the second season of Jessica Jones, debuting this Thursday.