With the recent release of Luke Cage on Netflix, and the upcoming Iron-First and Defenders shows, it sure seems like Marvel Studios is wrapping up their first cluster of Marvel Cinematic Universe shows for the small screen. If they are seemingly applying the “Phase” format to their streaming product, then it’s safe to assume were are just approaching the end of “Phase One” (Daredevil Season’s 1 and 2, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron-Fist and Defenders to be clear). I thought it would be fun to guess on what a Netflix Phase 2 might look like. Keep in mind that this is pure fan speculation, and some of these aren’t even (as of yet) in any kind of plan on Marvel’s roster.
You could start off the new phase with a show about an already existing character. Sure Elektra died at the end of Daredevil season 2, but the cliffhanger made it fairly obvious she would be back. And the character has just been announced to be in Defenders too, so we know she’s alive or more likely resurrected. But what about giving Elektra her own story. The classic Frank Miller/Bill Sienkiewicz mini-series has a great visual look that could make for a more stylish show. Plus the story’s villains, The Hand, are already part of the MCU, and they certainly have been portrayed as otherworldly. The element of the supernatural, which post Doctor Strange, is an aspect of the MCU I would love to see expanded. The seed could be planted here.
Moon Knight aka Marc Spector has always been an uneven character. When done well, he’s great. But he has also been poorly used. However, with his mercenary background, supernatural origins, and iconic look, Moon Knight would look great on TV. Moon Knight has been rumored and mentioned to be in development for television and Netflix before. But it’s my opinion that tying him directly to the Netflix shows would work best, as it would allow for the character’s darker aspects to be showcased, something you couldn’t do on a traditional network. He’s also fairly street level, despite his connections to more fantastical elements, and so far the Netflix shows have been more grounded. His multiple personality disorder would also lead to some good, character-based drama. Plus you can introduce Jack Russell, the Werewolf by Night, as a supporting character, giving the show a bit of a horror vibe as well, amping up the gore with transformation scenes. Make Moon Knight an enemy (or even former member) of The Hand, and you are off and running.
One of Marvel’s more obscure characters, Damian Hellstorm was a product of the Satanic craze and Marvel’s Bronze Age of comics of the 1970s. His origin as the Son of Satan has been tweaked over the years to be connected to more ambiguous demon lineage, but this would be a plus for the TV show. Hellstorm could be some sort of occult investigator who slowly discovers his true heritage. Perhaps as an exorcist who is taken as a con-artist at first. As a native of New York, he also lives in the street level MCU, and could perfectly fit in Hell’s Kitchen. You could easily tie demons to The Hand, and start to build a throughline that runs through out all the “Phase 2” shows.
Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and Dagger are two other Bronze Age creations and were a sort of reaction and comment on darker youth culture. Like Moon Knight, they have been linked to already having a show in the works, specifically over at Freeform-ABC. But being about two runaway kids with drug connections, I think Netflix would be a much better outlet than a family-friendly channel. It’s also tailor-made for the street-level vibe. Plus their origins are also tied to Roxxon Energy, an evil company that has been around since the first Iron Man film and the name has come up on the Netflix shows as well. Roxxon could be working with The Hand, perhaps a pact that goes deep back into MCU history. Cloak and Dagger’s powers are also fairly creepy and horrorish, involving light , darkness and limbo dimensions, so the horror vibe could continue and by this show become the overall tone of a second phase.*Update: It seems ‘Cloak and Dagger’ has been confirmed for Freeform/ABC but pushed back to 2018.
The newest character on the list, The Hood nevertheless has ties to Marvel’s supernatural history. The story of Parker Robbins,a street criminal and common thug who stumbles upon a demonic cloak (revealed to be a creation of Dormammu who just debuted in Doctor Strange) that gives him various powers that include invisibility, could be the MCU’s first property told from the perspective of a criminal. Imagine a “Breaking Bad” style rise but with a supervillain. The Hood could slowly take over the gangs and criminals of New York, working in tandem with The Hand to create an empire of supernaturally powered crime. Make him ruthless and unforgiving. A story like this would be absolutely captivating to watch.
To tie it all up like they are doing with Defenders, you could have Moon Knight, Jack Russell, Elektra, Hellstorm, Cloak, and Dagger teaming up under the moniker Midnight Sons to battle The Hood and The Hand (even that has a nice ring to it!). It could be an all-out horror/supernatural throwdown the likes of which we haven’t seen in the MCU yet. You could even cameo characters and locations from Phase one and/or the films by having fights and scenes set at Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum or the office’s of Nelson and Murdock. I don’t know any Marvel fans that wouldn’t kill for a build up to this.
So there you have it, folks. My idea on what the second wave of Netflix MCU shows could be. What other characters and concepts would you want to see? Comment and share below, after all geeking out like this, is part of the reason we all love what Marvel has been doing anyway