It's just a little over a month before Luke Cage joins the slowly growing Marvel empire hiding inside Netflix, and the excitement for the series has skyrocketed over the summer. After a successful panel at San Diego Comic-Con that saw the debut of a new trailer, people are more than ready to let Luke Cage into their lives. However, it sounds like another character could potentially steal the show from Cage and that's the fan favorite Misty Knight. In fact, she's got so much buzz around her that there's talk Marvel is considering a Misty Knight spin-off series.
During the Luke Cage panel, Simone Missick - who plays Misty Knight in the series - received the most applause from the crowd when she came out on stage, apparently even more than Mike Colter. The fans certainly like the character and according to Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, Missick "knocked it out of the park" in the role. While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Loeb discussed the possibility of a Misty Knight Netflix series.
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.
Marvel won't say no to the idea, but they do have to be careful that they don't overplay their hand with Netflix shows. Too much of a good thing can be bad for you. While a Misty Knight series would be very cool, Netflix already has more seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones on the way, plus Iron Fist, The Defenders, the Punisher spin-off and any future seasons of those shows. It's a good thing that Marvel is being self-aware on this one.
As to why Misty Knight of all people should get a spin-off (what, no Diamondback?) there are plenty of reasons. The character has been around since the 1970's and was inspired by the blaxploitation trend of the times. She was an officer of the NYPD who was injured while thwarting a bomb attack. Her arm had to be amputated, but it was replaced with a bionic one by Tony Stark that imbued her with super strength. She became a detective and eventually had romantic relationships with both Luke Cage and Iron Fist (played by Finn Jones in the upcoming series). A strong female character who solves crimes with her robot arm? That's at least one season worth right there.
Misty Knight will make her live action debut in Luke Cage, which hits Netflix this fall on September 30.