The fictional tag team of Luke (also known as Power Man) and Iron Fist first came to be in 1978 after the two characters were brought together in a three-part storyline comic book. The narrative followed the format of Luke’s own Hero for Hire beat where he would go help people in need using his superhero abilities. Their operations ran through a company called Heroes for Hire Inc. in New York, which offers full range security services from professional private investigation to even providing protection for their clients. In the comics, the two’s partnership achieved international success by going after a wide variety of criminals and syndicates, although they would not get involved with extralegal activities.
When asked about the possibility of doing their own spinoff show during their appearance at Houston’s Comicpalooza over the weekend, both Colter and Jones exuded excitement on the idea. Jones even teased fans that The Defenders is a great set-up for what could be Heroes for Hire:
“It’s really interesting how we meet the first time. Without spoiling too much, at first we don’t see eye to eye. We come from very different backgrounds. And we kind of question each other’s ethics especially Luke to Danny. Danny is super hot-headed. Always the first to jump the gun and be very reckless. And Luke is kind of there to settle me down a little bit. So I kind of see Luke as the coach to Danny.”
Colter backed up his co-Defenders’ sentiments saying that their interactions in the upcoming show “are some of the best scenes we have in the series” and describing their characters as having a “good dynamic.” Truly, their banter on the dark alleyway and Danny’s glowing fist hitting Luke’s face in the first full trailer for The Defenders are very entertaining to watch.
Marvel could already be testing the waters in terms of audience reception by pairing up Luke and Danny in the ensemble project. And although there is really no full context yet of the snippet of their one-on-one interaction, the two butting heads and then eventually coming together is an interesting notion especially with their very different upbringing and temperament. Their relationship coming off of The Defenders can definitely be fleshed out more on a spinoff series.
Unfortunately, even if a Heroes for Hire production gets the green light, it might take quite a while before it actually debuts on screen. With The Defenders and the four superheroes (including Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones) having their own standalone shows, Marvel TV would need to follow through with their established characters first before branching out, that way, the story would feel more organic instead of forced.
The Defenders arrives on August 18th, with The Punisher coming later this year. Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, Luke Cage season 1, and Iron Fist season 1 are now available on Netflix. Premiere dates for the next seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been revealed.