The Iron Fist Can Break Luke Cage
Luke Cage and Danny Rand have a history. They may be bros now, but when they first met in The Defenders, they did not like each other and often came to blows. In their showdowns, fans learned that the Iron Fist can hurt Luke - at least momentarily. Danny never really reached a point where he could beat Luke or knock him unconscious, but the Iron Fist is certainly more effective on Power Man than most weapons have proven to be. However, both Colleen Wing herself and the revelations in the final moments of season 2 changed the parameters of what fans know the Iron Fist can do.
First, Colleen may actually be a better fighter than Danny. The boy billionaire gets all the hype since was trained in K'un-Lun for 15 years, fought Shou-Lao the Undying and won the heart of the dragon, and became the Living Weapon. In reality, however, Danny has been bested by many in combat, including Davos and Luke Cage. In Iron Fist season 2, Ward Meachum delivered a wink-wink meta joke when he asked Danny, "Aren't you supposed to be one of the best fighters in the world?" Meanwhile, Colleen may not have the hype or litany of titles, but she is also a great fighter who was trained by the Hand. In fact, Colleen becomes Danny's sensei in season 2 and she remolds him into a smarter, more tactical warrior who doesn't need to rely on his temper or the power of the Iron Fist.
More importantly, Iron Fist season 2 revealed that the heart of the dragon can be imbued into the weapons the Iron Fist is wielding. Danny sported twin guns that he powered with his yellow glow, including the bullets that were fired from the guns. Colleen also has the same power; she can extend the Iron Fist's light to her katana. This is a game-changer, especially against Luke Cage. The Harlem bruiser has shown he's not completely bulletproof; he was once seriously injured by Judas bullets. Weapons powered by the Iron Fist could break through Power Man's skin and bring him down for good.
Against Luke, Colleen gives up even more size and strength than Danny did, but she's a much more patient and intelligent fighter. She also doesn't really know Luke as well as Danny does so she wouldn't be as prone to succumbing to emotional attachment if they have a showdown. With the power of the Iron Fist, Colleen has a better chance than most at beating Luke Cage.
What To Expect In Luke Cage Season 3
Netflix hasn't made an official announcement about Luke Cage season 3, but the way the season 2 left off begs for a continuation, so fans can feel safe that there will be a third season. It's not known where in the timeline Luke Cage season 3 will take place, especially since Iron Fist season 2 ended with a time jump to 'months later' (and presumably both Iron Fist's denouement and Luke Cage season 3 happen after Thanos' finger snap is reversed in Avengers 4). Still, when fans head up to Harlem again, the bulletproof man should still be nestled in his seat of power in Harlem's Paradise.
This leads right into Misty telling Colleen: "Last time I saw Luke, I did not like what I saw. And now you've got one of the few weapons that might make a dent in that man." Colleen replied, "You've got my number. Use it." Essentially, this is a promise to fans of what we will soon see, and since Luke Cage season 3 will likely release before Iron Fist season 3, this teased confrontation between Power Man and Iron Fist will happen in Luke's series.
Although Luke Cage season 3 won't be entirely about fighting Iron Fist, the new crime lord of Harlem is bound to cause chaos that may force Colleen to try to bring Luke down. It's possible this could also draw Danny Rand back to New York City so that he finds himself caught in the middle of Power Man V Iron Fist. If that happens, whose side will Danny take if Luke and Colleen come to blows?
Marvel's Iron Fist and Marvel's Luke Cage are available for streaming on Netflix.