The Hollywood Reporter was able to speak with Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb about the future of Simone Missick‘s superhero Misty Knight after being apart of the Luke Cage series.
The character of Misty Knight was first introduced to Marvel comics in 1975 and was strongly influenced by the blaxpoitation trend of the 1970s. In her earliest incarnation, Misty was a bionically enhanced black female detective with martial arts skills. After she was injured on the job with the NYPD preventing a bomb attack, she was gifted a bionic arm by Tony Stark/Iron Man, giving her superhuman strength.
First, Loeb confirms that Misty will be apart of the Iron Fist series.
In the comics, Misty and Danny Rand had a longstanding romantic relationship, so it’s curious if that will play out in the show. Yet, Misty is more than just the usual comic book love interest as she’s a hero in her own right and has plenty of adventures without Danny and Luke.
He also commented on the potential of Misty getting her own spinoff series.
So is a Misty Knight spinoff series in the cards?
“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.”
“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.”
Actress Simone Missick seems to be game and even mentions having TV show creator Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder) getting involved with her series, who would be an amazing showrunner if they were able to convince her to be apart of it. We’ve seen Marvel pursue top TV writers and showrunners to tackle other shows previously, so it’s nothing seems to be out of reach.
“Somebody put it on Twitter that they want to see a Misty Knight series with Shonda Rhimes as one of the writers. I was like, ‘Hell yeah,'” Missick tells The Hollywood Reporter. “How cool would that be? If you say it, if you put it out there, maybe it will happen. Tweet it, and it will come.”
Oddly enough, a solo series isn’t hard to imagine, but might end-up seeing her paired up with her comic book partner-in-crime Colleen Wing played by Jessica Henwick, also apart of Iron Fist. The two were known in early comics as The Daughters of The Dragon and eventually took over Heroes For Hire.
It wouldn’t hard to imagine to Marvel TV eventually moving towards a series like this, as there is already talk of upping the amount of productions per year. As they have The Defenders and The Punisher on deck, along with rumored series such as Shang-Chi, Blade and Moon Knight said to be in different stages of development it wouldn’t hurt to make another female centric series to compliment Jessica Jones.
Simone will be first introduced to us as Misty in Luke Cage on September 30th on Netflix and then she’ll return in 2017 for Iron Fist.