It’s easy to look at films like The Avengers and Captain America: Civil War, and see them as sort of the epitome of what can be achieved in a shared universe. These are characters, after all, who carry plenty of weight on their own. To throw them together in one film is a fan’s wet dream. However, as amazing as those particularly scenarios are, in many ways, it’s even more rewarding and, perhaps, realistic, when these characters sort of weave in and out of each other’s own stories one at a time, as opposed to all at once. Take a look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where Black Widow was the only other Avenger to join Cap in his fight against Hydra (as Falcon wasn’t technically an Avenger yet).
Similarly, Thor: Ragnarok will join Captain America: The Winter Soldier in bringing together two Avengers. While huge teamup films are definitely all kinds of awesome, there is something more rewarding and emotionally satisfying when you get a chance to sit back and see only a couple characters interact for extended periods of time.
This is something Marvel Television may soon get a chance to emulate, if actor Mike Colter can be trusted. At Los Angeles Comic-Con last weekend, Colter teased fans by mentioned the Heroes for Hire comic, pretty much saying the story would be headed in that direction.
“[Iron Fist actor] Finn Jones — I was just hanging out with him yesterday, so I’m going back to New York to start filming [The Defenders]. We’re going to be getting ready to do Heroes for Hire eventually. We’re going to do it.”
Unlike The Defenders or The Avengers, the Heroes for Hire are legitimately heroes for hire. The initial team was led by Power Man (Luke Cage) and Iron Fist, and by all accounts, this could be how the company is formed, based on how the Netflix shows are setting themselves us. Like any other super team, other members rotate in and out, but if this were to go to series, I’d hope they’d keep the focus mostly on those two à la The Winter Soldier, and perhaps only have other members rotate in and out, depending on a particular mission. Not only will this allow the series to help develop the relationship between Iron Fist and Luke Cage, but keeping Heroes for Hire restricted to the two of them will help differentiate it from The Defenders.
It’s worth mentioning that this can by no means be considered a confirmation — things always change, after all. But next year is set to have our busiest year yet, with Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders all getting series. Going to Heroes for Hire after that would be a fun, unpredictable way to go for Marvel/Netflix. It’s a way to keep things dynamic and interesting in a way that TV has never been before.
What do you think of this news? Would you like to see Heroes for Hire, and if so, would you like to see a full team, or just Luke Cage and Iron Fist? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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