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Marvel's Luke Cage and Iron Fist Release Dates, Cast, News, and Their Role With the Defenders Netflix Series

( [email protected] ) Sep 14, 2015 05:01 PM EDT
With Marvel and Netflix introducing viewers to a darker side of the Marvel Universe with Daredevil, plans are underway to introduce three more series: Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.  Jessica Jones will be making her debut in November this year, and Luke Cage will be a recurring character on the show until he gets his own show in 2016.  Then Iron Fist, a partner for Luke Cage, will be showing up in late 2016, presumably.  Eventually, all four will come together for a film or multiple film projects known as The Defenders.  This is what is known as far as the Luke Cage and Iron Fist Release Dates, Cast, and other news.
Mike Colter as Luke Cage. The Source/Marvel

With Marvel and Netflix introducing viewers to a darker side of the Marvel Universe with Daredevil, plans are underway to introduce three more series: Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron FistJessica Jones will be making her debut in November this year, and Luke Cage will be a recurring character on the show until he gets his own show in 2016.  Then Iron Fist, a partner for Luke Cage, will be showing up in late 2016, presumably.  Eventually, all four will come together for a film or multiple film projects known as The Defenders.  This is what is known as far as the Luke Cage and Iron Fist Release Dates, Cast, and other news. 

As it was revealed last week when more information about Jessica Jones was made public, at least the lead for Luke Cage has been cast with Mike Colter.  Colter will play a crime fighter with super human strength, who was originally given the moniker of Power Man before just calling himself by his true name. 

According to Screen Rant, Luke Cage is scheduled to arrive in 2016, and Marvel announced that Cheo Hodari Coker is going to oversee the project as executive producer/showrunner, as well as write the first two episodes.  The Luke Cage character will most certainly get a good introduction on the Jessica Jones show, and will more than likely start the story of a superhero fighting crime on the streets. 

Showrunner Coker has a lot of crime drama experience with Southland, Ray Donovan, and NCIS: Los Angeles.  It is possible that the edgy Defenders world presented to us with Daredevil is going to get even edgier. 

For those who remember Luke Cage when he was known as Power Man, he had his own title for Marvel comics known as Power Man and Iron Fist.  Iron Fist will also be getting his own show, and a separate article from Screen Rant written a month ago reveals that it could have some problems. 

Of all the Defenders characters that are being introduced in this new Netflix/Marvel Universe, Iron Fist is the one that the least is known about. In the comics, Iron Fist (aka Daniel Rand) is the son of an explorer who discovers the mystical city of K'un-L'un, which appears on Earth every ten years.  Danny is orphaned in the city, but is trained in the ways of a warrior with a mystical dragon that makes his fists like iron. 

Marvel and Netflix aren't really certain what direction to go with a character like this.  The Daredevil series worked because the story was grounded in at least some believable reality of a blind man infected with an unknown chemical being trained as an ultimate action hero.  Bringing Iron Fist into this universe bring a certain element of mysticism that could make or break this show, but it could also go on a more grounded level. 

Whatever direction that Iron Fist will go, it will probably be a hit simply because of the Marvel name and their use of the Avengers formula with The Defenders.  The same goes for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, who could easily get more story development in the second season of Daredevil.