The casting of the sci-fi and action legend was announced at New York City Comic Con on Saturday. Ever since Marvel's The Defenders was announced, people have been wondering what villain…
Luke Cage has not even hit television screens yet, and there is already talk about Simone Missick’s breakout performance as detective Misty Knight.
Like Luke Cage himself, Misty Knight is an homage to the blaxploitation films of the 1970s. Knight is a black detective with an enormous afro who protects the mean streets of Harlem. After losing an arm in a bombing incident, she was given a super-powered cybernetic replacement from none other than Tony Stark himself. Knight has been a love interest for both Luke Cage and Danny Rand (Iron Fist) at various times. She is an expert marksman and hand-to-hand combatant.
Simone Missick is slated to play Misty in the upcoming Luke Cage series on Netflix. The character is so beloved by fans that when Messick was introduced at the Luke Cage panel at San Diego Comic Con, she reportedly received louder cheers and applause than Mike Collier who plays Cage himself.
“I was completely surprised, I will say that,” Missick told The Hollywood Reporter. “There was this picture of me on Getty Images — please, no one find it — but I have the biggest, goofiest smile on my face. I was blown away at the audience. I mean, really?! I never imagined it.”
Marvel Television head Jeff Loeb raved about her performance in the same interview.
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 Luke Cage, it’s just incredible. The fans are really going to love it. And wait until you see Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing. She’s amazing.
Colleen Wing will be appearing on Iron Fist, which airs sometimes next year. Wing is a martial artist trained in the way of the samurai and Knight’s best friend. The two together form “The Daughters of the Dragon”
So is Misty Knight preparing to follow in the footsteps of The Punisher, who launched his own series after a scene-stealing performance is Daredevil earlier this year. Not so fast, says Loeb.
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.
While there are plenty of fans who would have no problem with that, Netflix has previously announced that that would air no more than two Marvel shows per year. With Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders already on the slate, scheduling a Misty Knight spin off could prove challenging just from a logistics point of view.
For her part, Missick has heard the buzz about a spin-off and couldn’t be more excited.
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.
So, we’re putting it out there. C’mon Marvel. Give us a Misty Knight series. Or better yet The Daughters of the Dragon.
One of the best things to come out of every Comic-Con is the trailers. Studios use the collected geek masses to build hype for upcoming superhero, science fiction and fantasy films. The trailers come out all weekend long, but we’ve gathered the best of the best here in one place.
Kong: Skull Island
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Justice League Action
Marvel’s Iron Fist
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Marvel’s The Defenders
The Flash: Season 3
Sherlock: Season 4
Star Trek: Discovery
One of the hardest things about reading comics is knowing where to start. Your LCS carries hundreds of titles and gets dozens of issues in every week on new comic-book day. On top of that, many comics have complex mythologies and backstories that make it hard to just pick up any random issue and have a clue what is going on.
That’s why Heroic Girls recommends comics every week that are excellent “jumping on” points for new readers. Without further ado, here are our picks for the week of February 17, 2016.
Astro City #32
Kurt Busiek’s Astro City is one of the best ongoing titles in comics today. Together with longtime collaborators Brent Anderson (pencils) and Alex Ross (covers and designs), Busiek creates a world the is both brand new and strangely familiar — playing with the idea that a word filled with superheroes is a setting rather than a genre.
While the capes and tights set do battle intergalactic threats and super powered villains, the focus in Astro City is usually on the people standing nearby. A woman who works as a secretary for a super-powered family, an older hero looking to raise a family, and in this installment: a former supervillain who is trying to be the hero of his run down neighborhood.
This issue begins a new storyline, and marks the return of Steeljack, a villain/hero that Busiek introduced us to once before. You don’t need much backstory to understand what is happening in this issue though. Steeljack has retired from villainy and is trying to make it a private investigator, when suddenly a woman from his past shows up and causes trouble.
It’s classic hard-boiled detective tropes seen through the prism of a world with superpowers, and as usual, it works phenomenally well.
Mighty Thor #4
I never do this, but I am judging a book by its cover. Just look at the gorgeous art Michael Cho is giving us this week on this variant cover for Thor #4. It is simply phenomenal. The story inside that cover is pretty darn good as well.
The new female Thor continues to fight for what is right as all of the nine realms are in danger of falling to war and strife. Malkeith the Accursed, leader of the dark elves of Nifelheim, has created a dark alliance of villains that Thor has virtually no chance of beating. Frost giants, elves, the Enchantress and an evil oil company (aren’t they all, though) have all allied against our neophyte heroine.
To make thing worse, Odin the Allfather, king of the gods is back after an extended absence, and as he re-establishes a despotic patriarchy he threatens to embroil all of Asgard in a civil war!
Power Man and Iron Fist #1
After spending a few decades apart, Marvel’s original power couple are getting back together. I have to admit, this is a bit of a blind buy for me, but I have always loved these two heroes who were born from ’70s exploitation films (blacksploitation and chop-socky kung fu, respectively.)
Luke Cage (Power Man) and Danny Rand (Iron Fist) have gotten back together to clean up the mean streets of New York City. The art looks great and I am really digging Luke with a beard, button-down shirt and a vest.
Both of these characters are getting the Netflix treatment as series in the next few years, so expect more than a few mentions of Cage’s wife, Jessica Jones. I’m rolling the dice on this one, but I have a good feeling.
Secret Six #11
Gail Simone’s Secret Six is proving to be every bit as engaging in its second iteration as it was the first time around. Told from the point of view of a team of down on their luck supervillains, Secret Six achieves the amazing goal of making you want the bad guys to win, no matter what the consequences, as long as they treat each other with honor — which they do.
In the last story, arc the team fought hero and villain alike as they almost brought about the end the entire world in a desperate attempt to save one of their own. But there is no rest for the wicked, as this issue kicks off a new story line. A terrifying new enemy has targeted one of the team, and as a bonus: Catman squares off against Batgirl.
Tomb Raider #1
Lara Croft’s adventures continue in this sequel to the award-winning video game “Rise of the Tomb Raider.” As a character, Croft was most famously known for her chest size rather than her characterization or gameplay. But as videogame technology has matured, so have the people making them.
The latest take on Croft emphasises her competence, intelligence and tenacity — rather than her physical attributes. With Eisner Award winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) handling story duties, Croft may finally be the successor to Indiana Jones that we were hoping for.