Marvel is relaunching Power Man & Iron Fist as a new series in 2016, as revealed by Marvel at Fast Company. Writer David Walker (Cyborg, Shaft) and Sanford Greene (Runaways) are reuniting the one-time "Heroes For Hire" in a new series as part of "All-New All-Different Marvel" and in advance of the characters' individual TV series on Netflix.
"About a year ago or so, [Marvel Editor-In-Chief] Axel Alonso asked me to list all the characters that I wanted to work with the most," said Walker. "He said, ‘Don’t be limited—go as big as you want.’ At the very top of that list were Luke Cage and Danny Rand, and I put in parentheses after their names: ‘as a team.’ Because this was something that I’d wanted to see for years and years. That particular duo, they’re so iconic. As a writer, you love interesting characters, and those two characters are so fun to delve into. They are the ultimate bromantic couple."
It's been years since Luke Cage has gone by the "Power Man" name, and Walker is quick to note how much the character has evolved.
"Luke has grown more than most characters have in the past 35 to 40 years," the writer said. "He has a kid, he’s married to someone who is a prominent player in the Marvel universe. . . . In comics as in real life, once you have a kid, everything is different."
Although things might have changed since this team's debut in 1978, series artist Sanford Greene said he didn't want to forget Cage's original look all together.
"As much as I’d love to put the tiara in there . . . " Greene laughs. "But I did want to play off their classic looks. [The original costume] is a very highly regarded look, so I wanted to key in on some of that and make it look current, I wanted to play more into his new role as a husband and a father—more ‘business casual.'"
Series editor Jacob Thomas said that villains such as Tombstone and Black Mariah -- the latter of which has been cast in the Luke Cage Netflix series -- will be in Power Man & Iron Fist.
Power Man & Iron Fist is scheduled to debut in early 2016.