The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a sprawling world of shared superhero adventures over the past few years, including 12 films and a handful of television series on both ABC and the streaming service Netflix - with plenty more movies planned over the coming years and other shows in development. Netflix kicked off their corner of the universe with Daredevil last year, followed by Jessica Jones; Daredevil season 2 arrived earlier in 2016, and the streaming service has additionally announced Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher series.
Although there is some crossover among the Marvel Netflix series - featuring cameos in order to help viewers get the shared universe feel - there is one specific character who acts as a bridge: Claire Temple played by Rosario Dawson. Claire has appeared in both Daredevil and Jessica Jones, and is confirmed Luke Cage later this year. Now, it seems Dawson will appear in another Marvel Netflix series.
During the Luke Cage panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Marvel Digital Media's Ryan Penagos confirmed on Twitter that Dawson is currently filming in New York City for another Marvel television production. Since Iron Fist is currently filming in NYC, it would seem this is a confirmation that she'll be appearing in Iron Fist. Take a look at the tweet:
— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) July 22, 2016
Of course, since Dawson hasn't been officially announced to be a part of the Iron Fist cast, this should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Certainly, considering The Defenders is expecting to film this year (and it's unclear when production will start, or if it has started already), the tweet could mean her potential appearance in the team-up series rather than Iron Fist season 1. Plus, it's already been announced that Carrie-Anne Moss will return in Iron Fist, reprising her Jessica Jones role as Jeryn Hogarth (Moss also appeared in Daredevil season 2).
That being said, Claire Temple is truly the character that ties Netflix's corner of the Marvel universe together - she's Netflix's version of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Although she debuted in Daredevil season 1 - and was featured in a multi-episode arc as a friend/potential love interest to Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) - she also played a pivotal role toward the end of Jessica Jones season 1, and re-appeared in Daredevil season 2. Plus, since she will also appear in Luke Cage, it would seem strange for Claire not to show up in Iron Fist.
Still, Marvel is known for their secrecy and there has been little information about what to expect from Iron Fist. Even the new teaser for the series largely focuses on Danny Rand (Finn Jones)'s journey to becoming the superhero known as Iron Fist - with few supporting cast members making appearances. With Iron Fist set to be released in 2017, we may not learn more about the series - such as, whether Dawson will appear as Claire - until later this year after Luke Cage debuts on Netflix.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. The Defenders and Iron Fist arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.