Jessica Henwick’s Colleen Wing had a hard run of things in Netflix’s “Iron Fist.” The martial arts teacher and stoic warrior discovered that much of what she had been raised to believe was actually a lie, and that there are stranger things in her world than ninjas and a man with glowing fists. Nevertheless, Henwick will pick up the role of Colleen in the upcoming Netflix series “The Defenders.” Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, she revealed how Colleen is poised to grow in the series as well as the name of at least one character who will likely help her do so: Simone Missick’s rogue police detective Misty Knight.
“We pick up with Colleen not in New York — which is crazy, as all the shows have been predominantly in New York,” Henwick revealed. “We find her a month after we left her. It’s really interesting she hasn’t been able to deal with the emotional trauma she dealt with in ‘Iron Fist.’ So, it builds to a head and she explodes in ‘Defenders.’”
Colleen operated as an unwilling double agent for the mysterious and deadly faction called The Hand in “Iron Fist.” She played a pivotal role in identifying and drawing Danny Rand, the Iron Fist, sworn enemy of The Hand, to a secret complex, the leader of which attempted to recruit Danny to his side. Things didn’t go as planned, and Colleen was cast out of the only home she had ever known. Colleen is primed to find a new home in her superhero allies when the Defenders formally assemble.
“It’s good, it’s really good,” Henwick said. “I think people are going to love seeing characters interact with each other, they’re going to see Colleen and Misty, they’re going to love seeing Luke Cage with the Iron Fist, Danny Rand. I think fans are going to freak out.”
Misty and Colleen have a long history of working together in their comics of origin. Both characters debuted close to each other: Colleen in “Marvel Premiere” #19 in 1974 and Misty in “Marvel Premiere” #21 in 1975. The two became fast friends after Colleen arrived in New York City. The duo would go on to form a private investigation firm together and, later, the crimefighting team dubbed the Daughters of the Dragon. Both Henwick and Missick have proven their respective characters are forces to be reckoned with, so it seems only natural the two would come together on-screen.
Debuting on the Netflix streaming service on August 18, “The Defenders” stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Elodie Yung and Sigourney Weaver.