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After years spent on the West Coast or in the far reaches of Asgard, the Marvel Universe is returning to its roots for an extended stay. The House of Ideas recently revealed that their upcoming Netflix original series – including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist – will all be filmed on the streets of New York City, the same city that’s played home to Marvel’s many adventures since the universe’s inception over 50 years ago.
But those four soon-to-be Defenders aren’t the only heroes to call the Big Apple home. With 60-ish hours of television to fill, odds are there will be room for some truly Marvel-ous cameos on these Netflix shows. Now that we know for sure that these new adventures will take place in New York City, we’ve come up with a list of five heroes (well, four heroes and one villain) with strong New York ties that deserve some attention.
This team of young adult do-gooders re-defined super heroics for the early ’90s. Thanks to their skateboards, heavy metal hair, extensive bandana collection and major ‘tudes, the New Warriors were super cool and super New York back in their day. Street level heroes like Night Thrasher and Rage would fit in perfectly with the world Netflix is building, and characters like Silhouette and Namorita possess power sets that could easily be pulled off with a TV budget. But really, Marvel should consider adapting the New Warriors because both their age and diverse cast make this team perfectly suited to tell new – and truly New York – types of superhero stories.
The big screen Thor franchise has proven that audiences like to mix mythology and super heroes together, creating a metaphorical Reese’s cup of Norse and comic book action. Marvel might be curious to see if that recipe for success could work on television, but Chris Hemsworth and company are all, well, movie stars. Marvel might want to switch gears and introduce their take on Hercules, along with the rest of the Greek pantheon. But the budget-conscious shouldn’t worry about the logistics of showing Mt. Olympus on a regular basis, for Hercules proclaimed himself the protector of Brooklyn! A Hercules cameo in Luke Cage would bring some of that Asgardian-in-New-Mexico magic that made Thor a surprisingly hilarious movie. Heck, we wouldn’t say no to a whole series built around that set-up either.
While he’s not a hero, that shouldn’t keep the Hood out of consideration for a role in the Netflix series. Audiences love an anti-hero, and Parker Robbins could very well become Marvel’s Walter White. This low-level criminal ran afoul of a cloaked demon, which happens a lot when you live in Marvel’s NYC, and emptied a clip in the evil being. That was his first mistake. Mistake number two: stealing the demon’s cloak and trying it on. From that moment on, Robbins became the Hood – a super-powered criminal mastermind with invisibility and energy blasts. From a no-name hoodlum to a major player in Marvel’s criminal underworld, this is one character arc that would be fascinating to play out in long form.
Sure there’s already one lawyer on these Netflix shows, but there’s room for one more – even if that “one more” is a seven-foot-tall jade powerhouse. Daredevil might even be the perfect place to introduce Marvel’s other most notable practitioner of law; we all want to see a misunderstanding lead to Matt Murdock going up against Jennifer Walters both in the courtroom and on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. Plus, as a powerful party-going professional, Jennifer Walters would be able to lead the viewer into parts of Manhattan that a Daredevil series would otherwise avoid.
Odds are we’re not going to see big name movie stars in these Netflix series on the reg, but if there’s one crossover character, it should really be Falcon. As soon as Sam Wilson got super powers, he appointed himself as Harlem’s protector and began looking out for all the residents of his neighborhood. It depends on the character’s status quo following Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it might be possible for Cap’s wingman to enjoy a lengthy Harlem homecoming – maybe one that lasts for 15 episodes or so. Anthony Mackie’s made it clear that he loves the character, so maybe he wouldn’t be able resist an opportunity for Falcon to take the lead.