Some “first look” photos revealed that Danny Rand, A.K.A., Iron Fist is going to be in season 2 of LUKE CAGE. People have already been talking about the possibility of Heroes for Hire being started on the show. For people who don’t know what Heroes for Hire are, here’s a quick rundown — and a few reasons you should be excited about it.

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Promo pictures for season 2 let us know Danny is going to be in at least one episode — hopefully more.

What Are Heroes for Hire?

In the comics, Luke Cage establishes himself as a “hero for hire” after escaping prison. Needing to get back on his feet, he works the way a private detective would with a super-powered twist. The idea wasn’t only to make a quick buck but was also meant to draw the attention of Willis Stryker. Stryker is the man who framed Luke, causing him to be sent to prison. People who watched season one of LUKE CAGE know him pretty well as Diamondback.

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In comics, it’s normal for heroes to do their work for free. After all, most hero groups seem to have a convenient white billionaire to cover funding. The Avengers have Tony Stark’s money. (In fact, the Avengers have tons of rich heroes, including Janet Van Dyne, who coined the team name.) The X-Men have Xavier’s money and mansion for their perusal. The list goes on — a lot of superheroes are rich.

However, this isn’t just about Luke. Luke started the concept of being a hero for hire. Heroes for Hire, Inc is a business that Luke Cage and Danny Rand start together after initially teaming up. The offices were set up with the help of Jeryn Hogarth (better known as Jeri Hogarth to Netflix fans). With the help of their secretary Jennie Royce, Danny and Luke run around on adventures varying from fighting supervillains to beating up small-time crooks.

Why Should You Be Excited?

First and foremost, Luke and Danny are an amazing duo. The characters play well off each other and became quick friends in the comics. In DEFENDERS, Netflix gives us a bit of this, although Luke and Danny are far from fast friends. Still, even with the friction in the Netflix show, they respect each other and consider the others’ point of view. It’s a solid start for a friendship among heroes.

For people who are irritated by Danny’s status as a rich white boy, Heroes for Hire tackles that a bit as well. Danny’s habit of helping others with his money and not using his money for himself spring from Heroes for Hire. Danny specifically states in the comics that he’s uncomfortable living off his inherited fortune, and instead wants to earn his own space in society.

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Also, the concept of Danny and Luke working publicity jobs like car shows is just fun.

Other than the dynamic between Luke and Danny, there’s also the possibility for a lot of new characters, including new villains. The story arcs in Power Man & Iron Fist also tend to have a good balance of light-heartedness and darkness — going from storylines about going shopping for Luke’s daughter Dani to storylines about police brutality and racial profiling. I think a balance like this could be good for the Netflix shows.

New Characters

One of the big things to think about would be the introduction of a new villain — in the comics, Luke and Danny initially team up to defeat John McIver a.k.a. Bushmaster. Bushmaster is an intelligent villain who uses kidnapping and manipulation tactics. He nearly backs Misty, Danny, and Luke against a wall with his plan. A plan that involves kidnapping Claire Temple and Dr. Burstein, taking a hit out on Danny, and bribing Luke with evidence that proves his innocence.

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The fight against Bushmaster strengthens the trust between Luke, Danny, and Misty as well, since Luke has to reveal his true identity.

Bushmaster is cruel and calculating — on top of that, he enjoys the misfortune of others. He’s smart enough to know the weaknesses of each of our heroes. Bushmaster is good enough that our heroes don’t even directly defeat him — they mostly save their own skins and manage to get lucky. It is over the course of fighting this villain that Danny and Luke truly prove that they have each other’s backs. Against Bushmaster, Danny and Luke show their ability to work through a plan together and save each others’ lives.

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There’s also the matter of Jennie Royce. Jennie is a sweet, smart girl who is hired on by Hogarth to work as the secretary for Heroes for Hire. When Heroes for Hire goes out of business for a while, Jennie started working for (and dating) Eugene Mason, a.k.a. Crime-Buster. Both of these characters have stories that would fit well into LUKE CAGE as a show.


As much as I think introducing Bushmaster would make for an interesting primary villain and a way to solidify the friendship between Luke and Danny, I have to say the opportunity to present Jennie and Crime-Buster excites me more. While Crime-Buster would likely serve as a subplot, he’s a compelling examination of how white people try to copy the ideas of people of color.

Eugene Mason starts out as an imprisoned man as well. Unlike Luke, he is guilty of the murder and arson charges that put him there. He escapes prison by killing two correctional officers while working outside on the railroad. After his escape, Eugene decides he can do the same thing Luke Cage has done — start again as a hero. Specifically, Eugene wants to be a hero that people pay to do heroic acts.

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Eugene is an interesting examination of white entitlement. Even ignoring his guilty status when it comes to his prison life (after all, if he truly wanted to restart as a hero, comics are all about second chances), Eugene is a violent, greedy man. He injures children, steals credit, uses extortionist methods when it comes to his business, and, to top it off, is physically abusive to Jennie during their romantic relationship.

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The story of Eugene and Jennie is interesting, and it’d be compelling to see heroes who aren’t necessarily good people covered in Netflix’s shows.

Crime-Buster is an excellent counterpoint to Luke’s story, and a proper examination of race and white entitlement. I think the introduction of these characters could make for a fantastic show, even if it’s a while before Netflix can introduce all of them.

Comics VS. Netflix

Netflix also has an opportunity to play around with character dynamics a lot more. The way Netflix introduced Danny and Luke to each other is already different from the comics. At this point, Danny and Luke also already know Matt and Jessica, which wasn’t true of the original Power Man & Iron Fist comics.

There are a lot of ways to make the path to Heroes for Hire fresh and new through the Netflix show. Danny is currently covering Matt’s job as Daredevil in light of his supposed death. Meanwhile, Luke is probably headed back to Harlem. With that setup, there’s plenty of ways for Netflix to go about putting the two of them together.

I’m excited to see what Netflix does. Even if the new characters and Heroes for Hire aren’t in the cards. (Although I hope they are). It’s always fun to see Luke and Danny interact.

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