AceShowbiz - Marvel brought more than you expected to its panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 21. In addition to debuting footage of "Luke Cage", the event unveiled sneak peeks of other Netflix series, "Marvel's Iron Fist" and "Marvel's The Defenders".
The "Iron Fist" clip shows the titular hero Danny Rand (Finn Jones) as a child being cared for by monks clad in yellow. The child later becomes the vigilante who fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
"The Defenders" teaser, meanwhile, doesn't have actual footage from the upcoming series since it has not been filmed yet. It features the show's logo with someone taunting the four heroes, Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist, in voiceover. "You think the four of you can save New York? You can't even save yourselves," the man says.
Speaking to the press before the panel, Marvel Studios' Head of Television Jeph Loeb said of "The Defenders", "The question that we want people to ask is, 'What happens when these people meet each other?' Because they each look at the world in a very different way. So when that happens, that's ultimately what Defenders is all about. It's not about 'Who is the bad guy?' or 'What's at stake?' or any of those things. We're still working in a very real, grounded world."
Pointing out how "The Defenders" is different from "The Avengers", Loeb explained, "The street level heroes always come from a very real place. If The Avengers are here to protect the universe -- and nobody loves those movies more than I do -- that's an epic, action-adventure story that has great humor and great pathos. What we're trying to do is tell stories about men and women who are here to save, in some cases, the neighborhood, and in some cases themselves."
"Luke Cage" showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker also dished on "The Defenders" at the panel. "Each individual series has its own vibe, but then you come together with The Defenders, it's the supergroup," he said. "So if Daredevil is The Genius, and Jessica Jones is Raekwon and we're Ghostface Killah, we're all going to come together with The Defenders as Wu-Tang."
He added, "The same way that you can individually have your own favorite members of Wu-Tang, but when they come together as a group, that's really the power and really the genius of how it's set up ... Everybody gets their moment."
"Luke Cage" will premiere September 30, while "Iron Fist" and "The Defenders" are slated to arrive in 2017.