Luke Cage Season 2 has arrived on Netflix, and in many ways it’s a coming-out party for Simone Missick’s Misty Knight. During The Defenders miniseries, Misty lost her arm while battling the Hand, which set her up to follow in the footsteps of her comic book counterpart. However, the new season doesn’t skip to the part where Misty gets an advanced bionic arm. Instead, it gives her the chance to deal with her setback in an appropriate way.
“I did a lot of research, as always, on what it’s like to be an amputee,” explained Missick during this interview with SYFY WIRE. “That was the main part of figuring out how to get an in, emotionally, where Misty is at starting out at the beginning of the season. It’s like, what do you do when you have a loss?”
According to Missick, a green sleeve was used to hide her arm, so it could be digitally erased in post-production. However, she also had to learn how to perform her initial fight scenes with her arm either tied behind her back or in front of her body.
“I couldn’t wait until they gave me that dang arm,” admitted Missick. “I was so happy to get that arm, because it meant I didn’t have to play hide-and-seek with my real arm.”
While Missick was pleased with Misty’s bionic arm, she was far more enthusiastic about her character’s growing friendship with Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick). In the comics, Misty and Colleen are partners known as the Daughters of the Dragon. During one of their critical moments this season, Misty and Colleen even wore outfits that resembled their comic book counterparts. And if Missick has her way, we’ll be getting a lot more of that team in the future. But to get to that point, Missick has a few suggestions for fans.
“You have to call [Marvel’s Head of TV] Jeph Loeb, you have to call Netflix, you have to call everybody,” said Missick. “And I really think you have to tweet it. I always say, ‘If you tweet it, it will come.’ Because I think that we want to see two women, women of color, but women, just out there having their own agency. And not just having their own actual detective agency, but their own agency in terms of their own storyline and what it is that they’re fighting for and what they’re looking for in their community. I think it’s important.”
For more Luke Cage Season 2 details, including its surprising link to Black Panther, check out the entire interview with Missick -- then let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Additional material provided by Blair Marnell.