Marvel Television, Netflix, and ABC have been working together for three years now, and in that time they’ve created some of the highest-acclaimed comic book adaptations to ever exist. From Daredevil to The Defenders, the studios have proven that there is a place for small-scale superhero tales, and Netflix seems happy to take on most projects; it’s slated to be spending $8 billion on original content in 2018, so you can expect its partnership with Marvel to continue.
Now that Marvel has no more original series on Netflix announced – only sequels for shows that already exist – it’s worth asking where they’ll go next. Will the studio venture into the more supernatural side of things, or will it stick with it’s realistic, gritty take on characters from Marvel Comics? Join us at CBR as we look at what Marvel’s next Netflix drama should be.
Heroes for Hire
This one seems obvious. Both Luke Cage and Iron Fist have received second seasons on Netflix, but we’d love to see the heroes come together for one sole purpose: being heroes for hire. The iconic duo from Marvel Comics finally met in August’s The Defenders, and after exchanging blows, delivered on some great character moments that left fans pining for more.
We know Danny Rand will show up in the second season of Luke Cage, in which Mike Colter teases we’ll see some Heroes for Hire action, but it’s not likely to last for many episodes. “There are people that love the idea of Heroes for Hire,” the actor said. “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.”
Perhaps if fans rally hard enough after Luke Cage Season 2, we’ll get a full series of Power Man and Iron Fist joining forces!
Daughters of the Dragon
Colleen Wing and Misty Knight were only introduced to each other during Marvel’s The Defenders, but their relationship in the comics run very deep. Forming the duo known as the Daughters of the Dragon, the heroes are never too far behind the aforementioned Heroes for Hires.
It’s been confirmed that Misty Knight will appear in Iron Fist Season 2, and Danny Rand will show up in the second season of Luke Cage, so there will be plenty of time for Colleen and Misty to become more acquainted. Give fans a mini-series that spotlights Misty’s detective prowess and Colleen’s deadly combatant skills, then Marvel and Netflix are on to another hit show.
Let’s get this one out of the way early on: Moon Knight needs his own series. When it comes to a character in particular fans want to join Marvel’s Netflix roster, it’s Marc Spector. There is so much to the character of Moon Knight that needs to be unpacked, and a single movie wouldn’t do him justice at all. 10 or 13 episodes may just do the job, though.
An ex-mercenary who is resurrected by the Egyptian god Khonshu, Spector hands out brutal justice to the criminals of New York. There’s more to the character, though: he has clear mental health issues that lead to him assuming different identities and finding himself in troubling mental states. There’s a complexity to the character that hasn’t been explored in a comic book adaptation yet, so it’s only right that Marvel and Netflix make it happen.
Marvel Television has already established Ghost Rider very well in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and fans of the show loved the character. Since Robbie Reyes appeared at the beginning of Season 4, Marvel fans have rallied for the character to recieve his own show, and rightfully so. A Ghost Rider series focusing on Reyes gives Marvel the opportunity to tell a compelling story that’s very different to the disappointing movies starring Nicolas Cage. On the flip side, Johnny Blaze could be included too, to strengthen the main characters in the series.
Gabriel Luna, the actor behind Reyes, has the acting chops to carry his own series – and has expressed his desire to reprise the role in whichever way Marvel choose. Exploring Reyes’ origin further would make for an amazing watch, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proved that the VFX can be pulled off with a TV budget.
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