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Luke Cage (Mike Colter) wasn’t the only powerful comic book character in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con on Thursday. Frank Castle, aka the Punisher (Jon Bernthal), surprised the excited crowd during Netflix/Marvel’s Luke Cage panel by popping out onstage to say hello in light of his character getting his own spinoff series at Netflix.
But first, Marvel boss Jeph Loeb kicked off the highly anticipated panel by sharing teaser footage from the first two seasons of Daredevil and the first season of Jessica Jones, along with a sneak peek at the upcoming season of Luke Cage. The trailer included an epic scene where someone tries to punch the indestructible Luke in the face, and in slow-motion, every bone in his fist breaks. Luke Cage is not going to be pulling any punches when it premieres … literally. And the trailer ended with a slow-motion shot of Bernthal’s the Punisher, which earned the biggest applause from the packed room.
Check out the sizzle reel now:
When Loeb asked Bernthal how it felt to play Frank Castle, he blushed.
“I know how much it means to you guys and I take that with me every day,” Bernthal said. “I know how much this character matters. I know how much he means to members of the military and law enforcement. I take it as an enormous honor. Marvel fans and comic book fans are the greatest fans in the world. Frank is in my bones now and he’s with me. If anything, it makes me love my family harder and squeeze my kids harder.”
After Bernthal departed, Loeb welcomed the entire Luke Cage cast onstage for the first time at any convention or event (minus Rosario Dawson, who back in New York filming “something else” for Marvel Television, though he wouldn’t reveal what that was). Loeb then showed another sneak peek clip of Luke taking out a crew of bad guys in a boxing gym. His bulletproof powers were on full display. “I’m about sick of always having to buy new clothes,” Luke deadpans in the clip.
“The world is ready for a bulletproof black man,” Luke Cage EP Cheo Coker said once the clip ended to thunderous applause.
Here are a few other highlights from the panel:
• Another scene was shown to the audience, this time starring Mahershala Ali’s Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes angrily breaking things with a baseball bat and trying to come at Alfre Woodard’s Mariah Dillard, but she shut him down immediately. These two are not people to be trifled with.
• Sons of Anarchy alum Theo Rossi wore sunglasses during the entire panel as a nod to his character Alvarez, aka “Shades.” “His glasses make him way more shady,” Rossi deadpanned of having to wear sunglasses during filming.
• Loeb said after Simone Missick auditioned for the role of Misty Knight, producers didn’t need to see anyone else. The part was hers. “This is this iconic woman who is so strong and sure and determined,” Missick said. “She’s not the wife. She’s not the girlfriend or someone’s sidepiece. For Misty Knight fans, this show gives you everything you want with her and more.” Viewers will meet Misty when she’s undercover in her “work clothes,” and fans were treated to a sneak peak clip of her introduction to Luke, which was steamy, to say the least.
• Yet another sneak peek clip was shown, this one featuring Cottonmouth giving a beatdown to a henchman who stole money from him while Shades watched with a smirk on his face.
•Loeb then premiered the teaser for the official trailer. Check it out now:
— Luke Cage (@LukeCage) July 22, 2016
• After announcing the surprise season three renewal for Daredevil, Loeb wrapped the panel by sharing a video message from Game of Thrones alum Finn Jones from the set of Iron Fist and unveiled a teaser for Marvel’s next series. The audience went nuts.
• In yet another surprise move, Loeb unveiled a promo for Marvel superhero mini The Defenders to a standing ovation. The Avengers-style team up of Daredevil (Matthew Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage and Iron Fist is slated for a 2017 bow.
Luke Cage season one will stream in its entirety beginning Friday, Sept. 30 on Netflix.
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