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Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones And Luke Cage - What You Need To Know
Your crash course on what to expect from the new Marvel / Netflix miniseries

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The announcement, in juicy press release form, that Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Marvel (NYSE: DIS) are teaming up to deliver four 13-part superhero miniseries (COMIC-CON: OMG) followed by one ginormous inter-telly event, left us rather excited. The 52 episodes will plunge viewers into the Daredevil-run streets of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen – before it got really trendy, we’re assuming – in the company of three other Marvel heroes, culminating in their assembly as superhero team The Defenders in another showcase miniseries. But what, or more specifically who, is involved? Glad you asked. Here’s a swift run-down of MarFlix’s four lead characters…

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Luke Cage

Luke Cage

CHARACTER BACK STORY  Somewhat akin to Wolverine, Cage’s superpowers are the result of an experimental procedure. In Cage’s case, the result was supposed to produce immunity to all illness, but he emerged from the operation with steel-tough, bulletproof skin, super-dense muscle, and massively enhanced strength and stamina. It happened to him in prison, where he was thrown for a crime he didn’t commit (of course). He agreed to be messed with in exchange for parole, but ended up getting out through a jailbreak anyway. As Power Man he became a “hero for hire”, eventually teaming up with Iron Fist. For a while he was one of The Defenders, with Doctor Strange, the Hulk and Nighthawk. In the last few years, across Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias, The Pulse and The New Avengers, he became part of the latter troupe and married Jessica Jones.

WHAT WE CAN EXPECT  Potentially lots of eventual crossover with Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, given his long-standing relationships with both in the comics. Alone, however, we might assume a detective format, like a one-man A-Team, helping those with a problem no one else can solve, if they can find him. Marcus McLaurin’s 1990s “Cage” series saw him relocate to Chicago, teaming up with non-super detective martial artist Dakota North and facing super-villainy from Hardcore, Coldfire and any number of acquaintances from his prison days. There’s also a possible recurring nemesis in Willis “Diamondback” Stryker (no relation to X-Men’s William).

WHAT WE PROBABLY WON'T SEE  For one thing, there’s probably no need for a costume: the modern day Luke Cage eschews such nonsense, and his identity isn’t secret so there’s no need for a disguise. And Alias and The Pulse aside, his latterday comic adventures have had him right in the middle of the Marvel universe – Civil War, World War Hulk, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign, Shadowland – but we can count out all of that because rights issues to key heroes there are held by Fox and Sony.

DREAM CASTING  He needs to be charismatic, occasionally humorous, and capable of ultimate badassery. It has to be Michael Jai White.

Michael Jai White

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1 Damien Lewis for DD
He's the only obvious choice for me. Get him beefed up and he can do both a vigilante and lawyer. easy. Plus he's ginger. More

Posted by DImperio on Saturday November 16, 2013, 17:33

2 RE: Breaking news
Michael Jai-White is perfect for Luke Cage because....well.....he practically IS Luke Cage - just look at the bloke!! aid Terry Crews would also be a great pick for Cage!! I wouldn't mind Garrett Hedlund as Matt Murdock, he's a competent enough actor - but I would prefer to see Damien Lewis in the part although he might be knocking on a bit for Daredevil! A younger version of Damien Lewis then.....ichael B Jordan for Iron Fist is just a lazy and cynical call from Empire quite frankly! He's Empire's flavour of the month and they knew that by suggesting him it would stir up a bit of controversy because he's black where as Danny Rand is white. That in itself doesn't really bother me unless the character needs to be a certain ethnicity (Black Panther, Thor etc) but I would prefer them to stick to the source material if I'm honest! How would we all feel about a Chinese Daredevil or an Indian Wolverine? Doesn't feel right does it? I'd personally like to see Lliam Hemsworth play him - hMore

Posted by Artoo on Monday November 11, 2013, 15:30

3 Breaking news
...Garrett Hedlund to join JGL, Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling on the list of actors who are picked for every role under the sun. e.g. Case in point, reed voiced blonde Ryan Gosling as Batman. I like the article anyway guys but not a fan of these choices and Jai White is the only one I would even consider for the role. More

Posted by spideed2 on Monday November 11, 2013, 13:23

4 RE: Iron Fist? Black?
L: GrizBe Okay... that aside. I'm now going to petition Marvel to make a alternate universe with an all ethnic Avengers team... Captain Afro-America! /silliness. o need to make that petition. Just look at the current Mighty Avengers team. More

Posted by philglasgow on Sunday November 10, 2013, 22:56

5 RE: RE:
L: Osric L: JonnyFave You've suggested the most obvious (& boring) names for each role. Michael B Jordan & Garett Hedlund has been suggested for every franchise role available at the moment. Come on, Empire! Be more imaginative. would never have thought of Garrett Hedlund in a hundred years, but I think he's potentially PERFECT. When I saw On the Road I didn't even recognise him as the guy from Tron. He's just completely not on my radar. What else has he been suggested for? I think that's a really good shout. And Michael Jai White is obvious for a reason. Seriously, who better? C'mon genius - what are your amazing off-the-wall choices? hoa! Didn't mean to offend you that much. Just egging Empire to give other less-known actors, that haven't previously starred as a blockbuster lead, a chance. I think he was considered for Cap America and a few other big roles around the same time as bagging the Tron lead. My suggestions? Hmm, perhaps actors that have gathered More

Posted by JonnyFave on Sunday November 10, 2013, 22:29

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L: JonnyFave You've suggested the most obvious (& boring) names for each role. Michael B Jordan & Garett Hedlund has been suggested for every franchise role available at the moment. Come on, Empire! Be more imaginative. would never have thought of Garrett Hedlund in a hundred years, but I think he's potentially PERFECT. When I saw On the Road I didn't even recognise him as the guy from Tron. He's just completely not on my radar. What else has he been suggested for? I think that's a really good shout. And Michael Jai White is obvious for a reason. Seriously, who better? C'mon genius - what are your amazing off-the-wall choices? More

Posted by Osric on Sunday November 10, 2013, 21:03

7 YES
Michael Jai White in particular would be amazing - Black Dynamite and those scenes from The Dark Knight and (deleted) Kill Bill were all excellent. He should be in at least one of these shows! More

Posted by FoxDhoj on Sunday November 10, 2013, 20:34

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You've suggested the most obvious (& boring) names for each role. Michael B Jordan & Garett Hedlund has been suggested for every franchise role available at the moment. Come on, Empire! Be more imaginative. More

Posted by JonnyFave on Sunday November 10, 2013, 19:38

9 RE: Iron Fist? Black?
Completely agree that there is no reason that Danny Rand couldn't be black. Heck... looked at Heimdall in the Thor movies. Always white in the comic, but then that cast Idris Elba as him.. and now honestly I can't see him as anyone else. Should he be however? No. While I agree that there aren't anywhere near enough heros of different ethnicities, simply 'black-washing' existing characters isn't the way to do it to create more. If this was the other way around and Rand was already black and they were suggesting making him white there would be all kinds of outcries of racism etc. But that's not the point... making a character black, pretty much simply for the hell of it, is not a positive image or activity we should be engaging in. Okay... that aside. I'm now going to petition Marvel to make a alternate universe with an all ethnic Avengers team... Captain Afro-America! /silliness. More

Posted by GrizBe on Sunday November 10, 2013, 11:39

10 RE: Iron Fist? Black?
L: RobertX No. That doesn't need to happen and that shouldn't happen. hy not? Admittedly you're right in part... it doesn't need to happen. No reason at all why it shouldn't happen though. Danny Rand's ethnicity has never been a defining element of the character. If the right actor comes along and happens to be caucasian, hispanic, black, or even asian then there's absolutely no good reason he shouldn't be cast. More

Posted by philglasgow on Saturday November 9, 2013, 18:40

11 Iron Fist? Black?
No. That doesn't need to happen and that shouldn't happen. More

Posted by RobertX on Friday November 8, 2013, 22:37

12 PS. Where is ol' Frank Castle?
Here's hoping for a cameo from Thomas Jane in that Defenders crossover series. Punisher is the perfect addition to the "street level" heroes, besides i] Moon Knight - they still can't seem to decide exactly how mystical or batmany he is in the comics... More

Posted by veedlemonster on Friday November 8, 2013, 19:24

13 FANCAST!
Michael Jai White as Cage! Iko Uwais as Iron Fist (middle-class white orphan has been done to death)! Alexis Bledel as Jess Jones? Sure, why not. Garret Hedlund as Daredevil is... well, pretty perfect, I wish I'd thought of it.. More

Posted by veedlemonster on Friday November 8, 2013, 19:22

14 Epic fail
Ryan Gosling should get the gig for Daredevil if they ever decide to make another film-tv I wouldn't argue with Garrett as a tv DD-Charlie Hunnam as Iron Fist & Brie Larson for Jessica Jones-Michael Jai White I have no issue with as I have seen Black Dynamite & it wouldn't be a stretch for him but the others-PLEASE!!!! REALLY?!?!? (Michael B Jordan;empires answer to everything-even playing the shark in Jaws) More

Posted by themanfromunkle on Friday November 8, 2013, 18:27

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