The Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand – and as it does, so too does the number of direction connections between each of the MCU’s street-level superhero TV series. Rosario Dawson as the New York-based nurse Claire Temple appeared in Daredevil seasons 1 & 2, as well as Jessica Jones season 1 (admittedly, the last episode only) and during Luke Cage season 1. Similarly, Luke Cage himself (Mike Colter) made his MCU debut on Jessica Jones season 1 before going on to headline his own solo Netflix TV show; and it has now been officially confirmed that Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page is playing a role in season 1 of The Punisher TV series that is currently in production.
It was also reported earlier this year (and later confirmed by Marvel TV) that Carrie-Anne Moss is reprising her MCU role as attorney Jeri Hogarth – who debuted in Jessica Jones season 1 and later appeared in Daredevil season 2 – in season 1 of Marvel’s Iron Fist TV series, arriving in March 2017. Speaking at New York Comic-Con 2016, Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb teased that Jeri plays a pivotal role in the proceedings of Iron Fist season 1 too.
Per CBR, Iron Fist showrunner/creator Scott Buck (Dexter) – who was also in attendance at NYCC 2016 for the show’s panel at the event – has stated that Jeri plays “an extremely important role” during Danny Rand’s (Finn Jones) life, when he returns to his home turf of New York in the show’s first season. Buck went on to tease that “she’s very involved in our story and Danny’s journey” – something which Loeb elaborated on:
“I think one of the things that’s a lot of fun is, you know, you’ve already met Carrie-Anne Moss’ character. Danny has very much a hopeful optimism about him, and Carrie-Anne obviously lives in a different kind of world, and so being able to see those two worlds collide is just the beginning of the many obstacles that he goes through. It’s one of the things that’s really great about what Scott [Buck] and the extraordinary writing team created. It really does build through a series of sort of metaphorical fights, which is very important in a martial arts film, to sort of show how the character needs to grow from the innocent, wide-eyed person to someone who has to come to terms with ‘this is the way the outside world works — how am I going to make it work for me?’ It’s a journey of self, which is something that we haven’t really had a chance to do.”
The Jeri Hogarth character is a gender-swapped version of Jeryn Hogarth; who, in the Marvel Comics, served as the executor of the Rand estate following the death of Danny’s father. Hogarth went on to become the legal representative of Heroes for Hire: a NY-based superhero business co-founded by Luke Cage and Danny Rand, with Misty Knight and Colleen Wing (the characters played by Simone Missick and Jessica Henwick in the MCU) being amongst its ranks. It’s expected that the Jeri Hogarth character will eventually become the lawyer for the MCU’s version of Heroes for Hire, but such a plot development is still a couple years away, at the least.
As for Jeri Hogarth’s role in Iron Fist season 1: Danny Rand name-dropped her during one of the clips shown from the Iron First pilot episode at NYCC 2016, so it stands to reason that she will not only play a key role in the season (as Buck and Loeb claimed) but will show up on Iron Fist sooner than later. Miss Hogarth was an effectively hard-edged lawyer when she was first introduced in Jessica Jones season 1 – and after what happened to her on that show (see: Kilgrave getting Jeri’s soon-to-be-ex-wife to try and slash her to death with a knife), one imagines her outlook with be all the more hardened during her interactions with Danny Rand on Iron Fist. That should make for good drama between the pair too; as Loeb noted, Danny’s journey in Iron Fist season 1 will involve him learning how treacherous it can be to try and make a difference as a street-level hero in the MCU.
Daredevil season 1 & 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now available on Netflix. Iron Fist season 1 arrives on March 17th, 2017. The Defenders and The Punisher arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2 and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.
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