Marvel has been hitting some serious runs with their Netflix series including Daredevil and Jessica Jones, and it is about to start even more. The next one up is Luke Cage, and this will be followed up by Iron Fist, which will join all four series in their own universe for The Defenders. Oh, there is also The Punisher, who may or not be on The Defenders. But what to expect next for this Netflix Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)?
For those that haven't seen Daredevil (Seasons 1 or 2) or Jessica Jones (Season 1), there has been very little to tie them together but a few minor characters. However, with the first season of Jessica Jones, they introduced Mike Colter as Luke Cage, who will begin his series on September 30th.
According to TV Cheat Sheet, Luke Cage will take place in Harlem instead of the Hell's Kitchen established on Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Those two shows had their share of strong villains, and Luke Cage will have Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali), and there will be his politically-powerful cousin Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard).
Luke and Jessica Jones were lovers on her show, but his show will have Misty Knight (Simone Missick). In the comic, she has a bionic arm, so this couldn't actually happen on the show sometime.
The show's showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker called the show The Wire of Marvel television. If you ever watched HBO show which discussed the many facets of Baltimore law including the cops and the drug gangs, you are going to see a lot of different facets to the MCU.
Speaking of the law, Captain America: Civil War introduced the audience to superhero legislation and accountability. This means that heroes will have to essentially register, so will Luke Cage call the government and report himself, or will the government come after him? That will easily affect any story that they have come up with here.
Just as Jessica Jones revealed Luke Cage, it is quite possible that there will be a "special guest star" of Finn Jones playing Iron Fist. After all, these two were paired together for years as teammates for Hero for Hire and stars of their own Marvel comic called, appropriately enough, Power Man and Iron Fist.
That, or they could put off the first meeting of this power team until The Defenders. As far as what will bring all these MCU Netflix titans together, that is completely unknown. Most believe that both Iron Fist and The Defenders will show up in 2017, with Iron Fist having its release date in the spring and The Defenders in the fall.