The Subtle Iron Fist Nod Found In The Luke Cage Finale

Iron Fist

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As seen in Daredevil, Jessica Jones and now Luke Cage, Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple has found her life threatened a lot in the last few years. She's been kidnapped by Russian gangsters, faced off against zombies and ninjas, and even done a bit of basement fighting against a trained killer. Given all this, it makes perfect sense that she would want to get a bit of self-defense training -- and it seems that she's turning to an Iron Fist character to do just that.

In the final moments of Luke Cage (opens in new tab)'s thirteenth episode a.k.a. season finale - titled "You Know My Steez" -- a series of shots let us know what is going on with the main cast of characters. Luke (Mike Colter) is in the back of an SUV and off to jail, Bobby Fish (Ron Cephas Jones) is discovering some key evidence while cleaning the barber shop, and Claire Temple is considering some martial arts training. Walking the street, her interest is piqued when she spots a flyer for self-defense classes on a telephone poll, and takes a number. Comic book fans, however, will recognize the name of the woman who will be doing the teaching: Colleen Wing:

Colleen Wing Luke Cage

For those unfamiliar with the character from the pages of Marvel Comics, Colleen Wing was born in Japan, and following her mother's death was trained by her grandfather in the ways of the samurai. Her father, Professor Lee Wing, first sent her out to meet Iron Fist when the hero traveled to Asia to seek vengeance for his father's death - and they have been allies ever since. In the upcoming Iron Fist series, the heroine will be played by actress Jessica Henwick, who geeks and TV fans may recognize as Nymeria Sand, one of the Sand Sisters, on Game of Thrones.

Jessica Henwick Colleen Wing

Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple has previously been described as the Nick Fury of the Netflix portion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in that she will be the link between all of the heroes who will eventually come together to form The Defenders: including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. As such, we already knew that the character would be showing up in the Iron Fist show, but now we have an early clue as to how she will be brought into the titular superhero's world.

Iron Fist, which will star Finn Jones as the titular hero, is going to be released in the first half of 2017, but neither Netflix nor Marvel have set a hard release date yet. We don't know too much about the series, but you can be sure that we will have all the details for you as they roll in.

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