Marvel’s fourth Netflix series, Iron Fist, has been filming in New York since April, and interestingly enough, Marvel has only confirmed six cast members for the project thus far: Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist), Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing), Tom Pelphrey (Ward Meachum), Jessica Stroup (Joy Meachum), David Wenham (Harold Meachum), and Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth). And while she wasn’t officially announced by Marvel just yet, it’s pretty clear that Rosario Dawson will be returning as Claire Temple, just as she has with the other Netflix shows thus far. Of course, with so few cast members announced for Iron Fist, many fans have been wondering about Simone Missick‘s Misty Knight and whether she’d appear given her character’s relationship with Danny.
Well, in a recent interview with the folks over at The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb confirmed Missick has, in fact, been working on Iron Fist. He also went on to say that her work on that series has been “incredible.”
“And I can tell you that what she’s doing on Iron Fist, it’s just incredible. The fans are really going to love it.”
Although we won’t get to see Missick’s take on Misty Knight until Luke Cage debuts next month, much like Jon Bernthal‘s portrayal of Frank Castle in Daredevil season two, her portrayal is already garnering praise. So much so that folks are already asking whether a spin-off with her character is possible. It’s an interesting thought, especially since prior to the Punisher spin-off being confirmed, it seemed highly unlikely that we’d see any of the characters get their own spin-off shows given Netflix’s initial series order. Yet, with both Colleen Wing and Misty Knight in the Iron Fist series, many fans (myself included) have been hopeful for a Daughters of the Dragon spin-off down the line.
When asked about the possibility of Missick’s character getting her own spin-off, Loeb wouldn’t write the idea off. However, he also explained that at some point, Netflix will have to cap off how many Marvel projects they take on in order to avoid becoming the “Marvel Channel.”
“A lot of it has to do with exactly how many shows Netflix is actually going to let us make,” Marvel TV head Loeb tells THR.
“We’re very lucky in a sense that our casts are so rich and deep and so diverse,” Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb tells The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
He pauses to laugh and continues, “At a certain point, we have to be careful that we’re not becoming the Marvel channel on Netflix.”
Of course, Netflix becoming the Marvel channel wouldn’t be a bad thing for fans eager to see more of the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – something Loeb agrees with. Still, as he explains, it’s ultimately up the streaming service how far they take this corner of the MCU.
“Nor would we,” Loeb says. “But I think Netflix is being very selective in terms of where we’re going. That being said, 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 Iron Fist, it’s just incredible. The fans are really going to love it.”
Iron Fist, which should wrap production within the next month or two, will hit Netflix at some point in 2017. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first teaser trailer by heading over here.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.