Why Iron Fist Is in Luke Cage Season 2

After Luke Cage and Iron Fist finally appeared together onscreen in Marvel's The Defenders, speculation about a potential television future for the fan-favorite Heroes for Hire reached a fevered pitch. The conjecture seemed to prove accurate earlier this month with confirmation of an appearance by Finn Jones as Danny Rand in the upcoming second season of Luke Cage. Now star Mike Colter has provided an explanation for the duo's reunion.

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"There are people that love the idea of Heroes for Hire," he told Black Film. "When people saw The Defenders, they thought the relationship was good between Finn and I, and they are curious. They want to see more of that. He will bring some fresh blood in the new season, and I’m hoping that people will respond to it well."

Colter elaborated on the details of the team-up, specifically answering how much of the Living Weapon fans should expect to see in Luke Cage's sophomore outing.

"We are teamed up for a bit," he said. "That’s the whole point of bringing that flavor to it. I can see how this works. That’s what good about it. We’re giving people what they want. A lot of times people wanted to see Jessica Jones and Luke and what happens to them; but we went out on a limb, and decided to 'let’s give a little Heroes for Hire somewhere in the season and see what happens.' Hopefully people will respond to it."

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Marvel Comics' Heroes for Hire first formed in 1978 as a partnership between Danny Rand and Luke Cage that combined private investigator work with classic superheroics. Power Man and Iron Fist quickly bonded, and have been virtually inseparable over the subsequent decades, although several other characters have also worked within the group -- including Marvel Netflix regulars Colleen Wing and Misty Knight. Given how prevalent their characters were in The Defenders, it's easy to speculate that all four might contribute to the new season of Luke Cage.

Premiering in 2018 on Netflix, the 13-episode second season of Luke Cage features returning cast members Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard and Theo Rossi as Shades, joined by newcomers Mustafa Shakir as John McIver and Gabrielle Dennis as Tilda Johnson.

(via MCU Exchange)

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