In September, Marvel”s Luke Cage gets his own show on Netflix. Since the small-screen heroes of the MCU have a tendency to overlap, there”s a good chance Iron Fist will make a guest appearance before his own show airs sometime in 2017. Then, once all the players are on the stage, The Defenders will bring it all together with a street-level version of The Avengers in late 2017.
Right now, all we know for sure is Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) will make up the team. One can assume other non-hero players, like Rosario Dawson”s Night Nurse, will also be along for the ride. But Marvel and Netflix haven”t confirmed any casting yet. A lack of official announcements can”t keep actors from talking, though. As reported by /Film, Elden Henson allegedly let it slip that he”ll be returning to his role as Daredevil”s best friend Foggy Nelson.
When fans last saw Foggy, he had jumped ship from Nelson and Murdock and landed at Jeri Hogarth”s (Carrie-Anne Moss) firm. If Foggy is returning, there”s a high probability that Jessica Jones” occasional employer will also make an appearance. But whatever shenanigans the Defenders get up to, it”ll probably have more to do with the Hand and other super-powered bad guys and less to do with courtroom drama.
Which is a damn shame.
One of the best parts of Daredevil”s second season had nothing to do with Matt Murdock and everything to do with Foggy Nelson. His subplot of standing up to District Attorney Samantha Reyes (Michelle Hurd) railroading his clients and then going toe-to-toe with her in court was entertainment at its finest. Seeing Foggy come out of his shell to reveal a ferociously competent defense attorney was my favorite character arc of the season. It helped me realize yet again how ‘superhero” is a unique genre in that it can be blended with another to make something fresh. As much as I”m looking forward to The Defenders, I think Marvel and Netflix would be remiss to not dig deeper into the world of superhero law.
Think about it. All they have to do is have Hogarth assign Nelson to one of her top partners, Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk. Together, the two of them could take on a new division of law: dealing with the fallout of a world with superheroes. From something like A.I.M. suing Fisk for breach of contract to Squirrel Girl taking on a new ordinance in the city parks, Walters and Nelson would be a fun way to introduce a new angle to the MCU. Basically, Boston Legal meets superheroes.
Just think about it, Marvel? Please?