• Hilary Swank: “No one’s asked me to be in Cobra Kai.”

    Hilary Swank: “No one’s asked me to be in Cobra Kai.”

    Julie Pierce may not be back just yet. In an interview on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Hilary Swank said that her character from The Next Karate Kid hasn’t been tapped to appear in the upcoming sixth season. Here’s what the star said:

    I’m not in Cobra Kai, no one’s asked me to be in Cobra Kai…A lot of people ask if I’m going to be on it, it’s like, the No. 1 question I get.

    No one’s called me! but it’s so funny, isn’t it, that’s the one thing I get asked the most and no one’s called me?

    Hilary Swank on Live with Kelly and Ryan

    After the talk, co-host Ryan Seacrest said, “After today that’s going to change, Hilary Swank, I can promise you.”

    Hilary Swank, Cobra Kai, and The Next Karate Kid

    With the success of Cobra Kai, it’s no surprise that Swank would be keen on joining the cast. The Miyagi-verse, as it’s become known to be called, includes The Karate Kid 1-3 and The Next Karate Kid, according to the writers of the show. Swank never met Johnny Lawrence or Daniel LaRusso from the original Karate Kid movies but did train under Mr. Miyagi, the connective tissue for the entire universe.

    Swank could make her appearance in season six, but I would think that Mike Barnes will be given a larger role first, saving Swank for the series finale, whenever that may be.

    There’s also the new Karate Kid movie in development that Swank could be part of but that’s a bit of a stretch.

    The Next Karate Kid came out in 1994 and didn’t get much in terms of positive reviews. But it is canon and should not be ignored. Think about Daniel LaRusso finding out Mr. Miyagi had another student. That is a hell of a story plot.

    Do it, Netflix.

  • Finn Jones: “It would be nice to see Colleen come back [in Shang-Chi 2]

    Finn Jones: “It would be nice to see Colleen come back [in Shang-Chi 2]

    In speaking to ComicBook.com, Finn Jones, who portrays Danny Rand in Marvel’s Iron Fist, spoke on wanting Jessica Henwick’s Colleen Wing back in addition to his reprisal of Rand in the upcoming Shang-Chi 2 movie.

    “It would be nice to see Colleen come back and still have that Iron Fist as well,” Jones says. “I think it would be cool if she showed up in Shang-Chi and still had the Iron Fist. There’s so much possibility that you can do with this fromwhere we left off for season two.”

    Iron Fist and Colleen Wing in Shang-Chi 2? Not yet.

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a breakthrough hit for Marvel Studios. The film came out in 2021 in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic and put up an impressive $432.2 million box office. With how well the movie was received, a sequel is almost a guarantee.

    In fact, earlier this month rumors swirled that Shang-Chi 2 has a release date of February 15, 2025, an oddly specific date for what is normally just a rumor. Earlier in the week it was announced that Deadpool 3 would be out in 2024, changing up Marvel’s D23-announced slate. The only other movies in Marvel’s 2025 slate are Aveners: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.

    As for Danny Rand and Colleen Wing, the jury is still out. Marvel likely hasn’t thought much about casting for Shang-Chi 2 but Jones and Henwick’s characters seem like a logical fit. Iron Fist comes from the martial arts world of the Marvel comics as does Shang-Chi. The two would fit well together as a team up on an adventure to K’un Lun or something of the sorts. Even a cameo would be great fan service.

    With Marvel returning some of the DefendersVerse actors like Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin, and the rumors of Jessica Jones and The Punisher returning, Iron Fist has been left in the cold with fans. The first season tanked and the second season, while better, didn’t win people back. But if we are soft-rebooting the Defenders, let us keep it all together and bring back Iron Fi

  • Five Cobra Kai Spinoffs that would be totally badass

    Five Cobra Kai Spinoffs that would be totally badass

    Well after season 5 of Cobra Kai, fans are clamoring for more. Perhaps rightfully so, as the series simply hasn’t missed during its five season run. So today we are going to talk about five Cobra Kai spin-offs that could be a good idea. With how important cinematic universes are to the film industry and the popularity of Cobra Kai, it’s safe to assume that The Karate Kid universe will grow in that manner.

    Young Miyagi and Chozen

    This one could be the most in depth. We saw in Cobra Kai season 5 a young Chozen training to become the karate master that we know him to be today. With Mr. Miyagi being older than Chozen in The Karate Kid Part II, we could have a really interesting teacher-student dynamic between the two before Chozen goes to learn with Sato, Miyagi’s uncle.

    We could see a budding rivalry between Miyagi and Sato that would ultimately become the problems that caused Miyagi to flee Japan and return and have Daniel LaRusso have to fight Chozen.

    We could get a very romantic view of Japan, the birthplace of karate, and a Miyagi who is not the rock that we see in the original Karate Kid saga. We’ve got the young kid actor for young Chozen so let’s find our Mr. Miyagi!

    Miguel and Robby Buddy Cop Show in Mexico

    Continuing our world tour, a limited series of Miguel Diaz and Robby Keene. This time Miguel has some unfinished business opened up with the butterfly effect of meeting his father in Mexico in season five of Cobra Kai. This spinoff would see Miguel and Robby, who have a budding friendship, go to Mexico on their senior trip only to be brought into some mess while on a beach somewhere.

    It’s then they find out it’s Miguel’s father who has totally gone off the rails, loomed Carmen up and recognized Miguel from his time in Mexico. He’s off the rails once he knows that Miguel is back in Mexico and now he and Robby are in deep against his thugs.

    John Kreese and Terry Silver In Vietnam

    If you haven’t gotten the hint right now, I’m a fan of Cobra Kai taking us to different and unique places in the world and having the gang placed in a different culture. Next on the list, we go to Vietnam. In Cobra Kai we’ve had a young John Kreese cast and a young Terry Silver. Season five showed us their background in Vietnam during the Vietnam war.

    This could be a darker background story that gives both Silver and Kreese some nuanced depth. They were good at one point but eventually the toll of war took their toll and we see them turn from decent people to someone morally compromised by the price they had to pay to get out alive. This one could be dark and would have a different musical theme.

    Chozen and Mike Barnes in Japan

    Again, Chozen is at the top of my list for a spin-off series mainly because I really think Japan has legs for a Cobra Kai spin-off series. The original show was greatly inspired by the region as is obvious. This time, modern Chozen will go to Japan with The Karate Bad Boy himself.

    With Mike Barnes now at zero and having nothing after the events of Cobra Kai season 5, he’s now looking for a way to make ends meet. Chozen has something come up and offers to take Barnes to fix the issue for a decent sum of money. He, of course, accepts.

    I really liked the dynamic between Chozen and Barnes in season 5. They were friendly adversaries and could constantly be trying to one up each other in the show. It would be a unique parallel to the Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso rivalry. Chozen and Mike Barnes could grow very close and provide a great and improved dynamic in season 6 or whatever season is next for Cobra Kai.

    Miguel and Johnny Lawrence In The Amazon

    This last one is basically a bonus season of Cobra Kai with a nod to Karate Kid history. I haven’t ironed all the kinks of the story out yet but somehow, and for some reason, Johnny and Miguel end up making a trip to the Amazon.

    This is a nod to the Karate Kid cartoon that aired in 1989 where Miyagi and Daniel went around the globe to exotic locations looking for the stolen shrine that belonged in Okinawa.

    For this show, Johnny Lawrence can see an ad online for a “magical” piece of 80’s memorabilia and Johnny is obsessed about it. Miguel, of course, is skeptical about Johnny getting scammed and accompanies him. They get into some shenanigans and Lenny Kravitz, who lives in Brazil, is the final boss and Lawrence takes the fight, Bruce Lee in Game of Death style tower battle, and defeats Kravitz.

    Of course season six will introduce new characters and we could have some great stories there too. But that will remain to be seen. In the meantime, let’s have some fun with these.

  • Cobra Kai director not involved with new ‘Karate Kid’ movie

    Cobra Kai director not involved with new ‘Karate Kid’ movie

    Generally you want to strike while the iron is hot. But Sony and Columbia Pictures seem to be waiting for the iron to cool down to strike. This past weekend, Sony announced that a new ‘Karate Kid’ movie is coming our way in 2024. Many fans were excited. The Miyagiverse has never been more hot with the success of Cobra Kai. Unfortunately for fans, Cobra Kai writer Jon Hurwitz is not involved with writing for the new movie. Here’s what he said when asked by a fan on Twitter:

    The guys and I would love to make Karate Kid and Cobra Kai movies and hope to someday. But this one isn’t from us or focused on the Cobra Kai cast. Don’t know much about it, but wish it well. #KarateKid #CobraKai

    Jon Hurwitz is the perfect man for the job, though…

    With how great Cobra Kai has been, it seemed like a no brainer that Hurwitz would be involved in the new ‘Karate Kid’ movie. But it seems that he hasn’t been tapped for the role. That makes sense given what we know of the movie. According to Murphy’s Multiverse, the movie is taking place in Brooklyn, not California.

    One will notice that Hurwitz said he would love to make a Karate Kid and Cobra Kai movie which gives us hope. The Walking Dead originally planned for the series finale to be a big movie before all the spinoffs happened. Perhaps the Cobra Kai series will meet it’s end on the big screen (or Netflix if they are keen on keeping it on platform). We can only hope that we eventually see LaRusso and Lawrence back on the big screen decades later!

    With how good Cobra Kai season 5 has been, I personally cannot wait for season 6 and the new film.

    Stay posted to Double Hammerfist for all the latest news surrounding Cobra Kai, The Karate Kid, and all your martial arts movie needs! Thanks for reading.

  • Cobra Kai Season 5 Review: An Ode to the Old

    Cobra Kai Season 5 Review: An Ode to the Old

    This past weekend, everyone’s favorite karate dojo returned as Netflix dropped Cobra Kai season 5. The story picks up right where we left off with season 4 and jumps right back into the action as Daniel LaRusso, Johnny Lawrence and Chozen try to take down Terry Silver.

    Today we’re reviewing season 5. There are major spoilers ahead. Reader beware.

    As we discussed in the past, Cobra Kai is a near perfect series. The show has offered up a style of nostalgia that resonates well with the original audience of The Karate Kid universe all while appealing to a new audience. Cobra Kai season 5 expands that even further with themes not only from the original Karate Kid movie, but old school kung fu and samurai flicks from the Hong Kong heyday.

    Cobra Kai season 5: Shift in Inspiration

    The early seasons of Cobra Kai were directly influenced by the original movies and the 80s that has Johnny Lawrence held in a time capsule. Cobra Kai season 5 draws influence from more than just The Karate Kid franchise. Instead it pulls from Kung Fu flicks in its entirety. It’s inspiration comes from the Bruce Lee movies, Ip Man, and even Kung Fu Hustle.

    While it’s always been based on dojo rivalries, Terry Silver’s over the top personality is more akin to the original movies that inspired The Karate Kid itself. We see dojo fights similar to Bruce Lee going into a rival dojo for disrespecting his master and this gives us huge gang fights that are masterfully crafted.

    What makes this season so good is the fact that it shucks Cobra Kai of the past and reinvents itself in a new but adjacent genre. It seems fresh even though that we have almost all the same characters with a few new.

    In addition to the fight scenes, the story is well crafted, as is the case with most Netflix stories these days. Again, it’s fresh and Terry Silver plays a convincing bad guy. In the final battle against Chozen, Silver pulls out a sword, upping the ante for everyone involved. This brought the series from The Karate Kid to 47 Ronin territory. We had the shot of Silver’s blood-soaked blade that was straight out of samurai flicks.

    The writers did a great job of pulling from different movies outside the Miyagiverse and kept the show feeling like it was something new. Now with Silver gone and Miyagi-Fang going international, there are plenty of new stories we can explore abroad.

    Falling Short (only a little)

    While Cobra Kai season 5 was absolutely phenomenal, it wasn’t perfect. But what is? My chief complaint was we didn’t get to see The Karate Bad Boy do much of anything. The writers brought back Sean Kanan’s Mike Barnes but totally underutilized him. We had the opportunity to put together an Avengers-esque moment with Daniel LaRusso, Johnny Lawrence, Chozen Toguchi, and Mike Barnes all teaming up to take on the big bad Terry Silver. Instead, we got the gang split up and Barnes almost immediately incapacitated. I really hoped to have a scene like the opening of Age of Ultron where we get the team all fighting and the camerawork and choreography brings us from member to member in action and working together. But that could be an issue with my expectations and hoping for too much.

    One thing that did bother me to hell and back was Miguel and Sam breaking up again. I understand they are high schoolers and they can be dumb in relationships but the two split seemingly every season. It’s tired. Have them grow in a relationship. Show growing pains, not a split.

    Finally, the John Kreese scene. I’m glad they kept Kreese confined for the most part and let Terry Silver go completely off the rails. But him escaping from jail in a Joker-like manner with “My Way” by Frank Sinatra in the back was an obvious Joker reference. Kinda corny, even for Cobra Kai. But he’s out and he can be a nuisance once again. I’m all for it. Especially after the gang is done internationally.

    Overall rating: 9/10

    Once again, John Hurwitz and Josh Heald delivered on Cobra Kai. They have said that there is an end they are working to. But for now, we are blessed with another season coming eventually. Cobra Kai takes what made it awesome, keeps it at heart and reinvents what else is left.

    The showrunners also did an awesome job bringing in MMA fighters like Tyron Woodley, Eryk Anders, and Stephen Thompson which is great to see. Cobra Kai gives Karate Kid fans all they want and more.

    With the new Karate Kid movie announced, we may be on the way to seeing the gang back on the big screen, albeit likely not in this installment. But maybe we could see a big budget Cobra Kai movie on the big screen as it’s finale. A man can dream.

  • New ‘Karate Kid’ Movie in the Works at Sony

    New ‘Karate Kid’ Movie in the Works at Sony

    Fresh off the backs of Cobra Kai season 5, Sony announced today that a new Karate Kid film is in the works at Columbia Studios. The movie is set to be released in 2024. It is not confirmed if Cobra Kai writers Jon Hurwitz and Josh Heald are involved.

    Karate Kid: A New Movie, New Horizon

    The movie was leaked back in August by Murphy’s Multiverse. According to them, the movie will be centered around a teenager in Beijing named Li. He is said to bee small for his age but “tough, smart and scrappy.” He is a skilled fighter and he and his mother move to Brooklyn and meets a high school student Mia, and her father Victor, at a pizza restaurant.

    According to Sony, the film will signify a “return of the original ‘Karate Kid’ franchise.” This means it will likely tie in to Cobra Kai somehow. The writers of the show have dubbed the series a part of the “Miyagiverse,” a nod to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If this is truly a return to the original franchise, that means the new movie will be canon alongside Cobra Kai, The Karate Kid one through three and The Next Karate Kid. One will notice that Karate Kid (2010) starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith is notably absent.

    Not much else was announced about the new Karate Kid movie. But one thing is for sure, if it’s the quality of Cobra Kai on a big screen budget, we are in for a renaissance of The Karate Kid. I don’t have hopes that we will see Danny LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence in the movie, however. If the movie takes place in Brooklyn, that means Miyagi-Fang and company are across the country in California. But a national karate tournament isn’t out the question. Miguel vs. Li, anyone?

  • Canelo Cast in Creed 3

    Canelo Cast in Creed 3

    Boxing World Champion and legend Canelo Alvarez has been cast in Creed 3 starring Michael B. Jordan. Jordan shared a picture on his Instagram today confirming Canelo’s involvement with the film. Creed 3 is slated to be released on March 3, 2023.

    Canelo and Creed 3

    The news of Canelo’s casting in Creed 3 comes on the heels of his trilogy bout with Gennady Golovkin. Him joining the cast of the movie is nothing new for the franchise. In Creed, the original, English champion, Tony Bellew, played the main bad guy that defeated Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed. Getting actual boxers involved is something that helps both the sport of boxing and the movie.

    Creed 3 is a continuation of the Rocky franchise that started all the way back in 1976. It follows the son of the late Apollo Creed who was the heavyweight champion that beat and lost to Rocky Balboa and was later killed in the ring against Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Creed shows the aftermath of the passing of Adonis’ father and how he had to deal with the trauma.

    In addition to Canelo joining Creed 3, it was announced earlier this year that a spinoff of Creed titled Drago was in development as well. Robert Lawton will be the writer on that one and will follow Ivan and Viktor Drago from Creed 2.

    With that and Creed 3 releasing early next year, fans of the Rocky franchise have a lot to look forward too and directors are working on even more. While Silvester Stallone isn’t happy with the spinoffs, reception has been good and fans can expect the Rocky franchise to continue to expand as long as the quality and dollars are there for the studio.

    Stay posted to Double Hammerfist for all the latest news surrounding Creed 3 including the imminent trailer! Thanks for reading!

    Get hyped and relive the Creed 2 trailer!

  • RUMOR: Shang-Chi 2 Gets Feb. 2025 Release Date

    RUMOR: Shang-Chi 2 Gets Feb. 2025 Release Date

    Marvel’s top pound for pound martial artist could be eyeing a release date of February 15, 2025. The rumor broke today that Shang-Chi 2 could have an imminent announcement soon. The original director, Daniel Destin Cretton, is having a field day with Marvel content and will be directing Avengers: Kang Dynasty, which has a May 2, 2025 release date and has some fans worried about the director’s return.

    The Direct posted the rumor today on r/MarvelStudioSpoilers on Reddit. But with the directoral conflict, many are wondering if Cretton will be able to direct a project as big as Shang-Chi 2 and the massive return of the Avengers in Kang Dynasty.

    While it’s odd that the rumor has an exact date, the return of Shang-Chi is welcome nonetheless.

    Shang-Chi 2, Following Up Success

    Shang-Chi 2 is following up massive success with Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings which was the second phase of Marvel’s Phase 4. The movie brought a level of martial arts and mysticism to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that was a fresh take and a very fun ride.

    The original movie made a whopping $432.2 million box office in the middle of the pandemic. That may not seem like that much but keep in mind that it wasn’t until Spiderman: No Way Home that the true theater viewing experience returned.

    Even better, Shang-Chi had a 91% critic score and a 98% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. With the positive reviews, it was almost a given that Shang-Chi 2 would return.

    One can safely assume that Simu Liu will return as the titular character and we will get Awkwafina’s Katy as well. Other cast and villains are, of course, not known at this time.

    But with a Feburary 2025 release date, announcements, trailers and more will be limited. Perhaps we will get more information at San Diego Comic Con next year!

    Stay posted to Double Hammerfist for all the latest news surrounding Shang-Chi 2! Thanks for reading!

  • Mike on Hulu Episode 5 & 6 Review: Dark Turn

    Mike on Hulu Episode 5 & 6 Review: Dark Turn

    Last week, Hulu dropped Mike episodes five and six. Now we are at the dark part of Mike Tyson’s life and the writers did a good job portraying these times. Despite my criticism of this show in the previous two weeks, this week’s episodes were much better done.

    Reader beware! Spoilers for Mike on Hulu lie ahead!

    Mike on Hulu: Dark times make for good television

    We are starting to see some of the reasons why Mike Tyson wasn’t happy with Hulu for showing his life story. While it isn’t a good thing that Tyson wasn’t paid on his life’s story and he wasn’t even consulted, Mike on Hulu pulls no punches and isn’t afraid to make Iron Mike look bad.

    Mike shows how bad and how dark rape can be. Regardless of what you think about Tyson’s conviction for rape in the 90’s, the scene itself set out to do a job and executed. Li Eubanks nails this as she’s screaming in the background, pleading for mercy, and narrating just how awful the experience was.

    In addition to that, these two episodes, which were the best of the show so far, had zero boxing scenes in it. The directors did a good job to show the turmoil in Mike Tyson’s life and how it affected everyone around him. There weren’t many good people around Tyson at the time and it was depicted well.

    Still Struggling

    While these were the best and actually branched into good television instead of below average like episodes one through four, the show really feels like it is not going to deliver on the series finale.

    We’re going to see Mike Tyson back in the ring. We’re going to hear the “My style is impetuous” line. We are going to see Evander Holyfield get his ear bitten off. But it seems like this should be the buildup and not the climax of the series. But we cannot say for certain the writers of the show won’t pull off the Hail Mary and make the last two episodes great. Only time will tell.

  • “Mike” on Hulu Ep. 3 and 4 Review: Rough, but Slightly Improved

    “Mike” on Hulu Ep. 3 and 4 Review: Rough, but Slightly Improved

    Mike on Hulu dropped episodes there and four last week (likely to get the onslaught of disgruntled Mike Tyson fans through quicker) and today we have to drop a review. Having watched over the past Labor Day weekend, I can say that episodes three and four of Mike on Hulu was a big improvement from the first two episodes. While some of the problems still remain from the original episodes, some of the twists taken on the characters made the show shine. Let’s begin.

    Mild spoilers ahead, reader beware!

    Mike on Hulu: The Good

    Much like last week, the boxing in Mike was well done. While it’s not a “Creed” performance which starred Tony Bellew, it does well to show the power possessed by Mike Tyson in his heyday. There’s blood everywhere and the slow motion, 300 style shots with contorted faces continue to be entertaining.

    Two new characters introduced was Robin Givens and Don King. Ohhhh, how they nailed Don King’s slimy, sleezy personality. Robin Givens and the actress who played her, Laura Harrier, were also spot on and as a big part of Mike Tyson’s life, omitting her would be blasphemy.

    But Don King was perfection. Russell Hornsby absolutely nails the conman boxing promoter who has put fights together throughout the years despite being one of the most corrupt individuals in the sport’s history. He is sleezy and just out for no good and Hornsby nails the role.

    What went wrong?

    Much like the first two episodes, the same criticisms will apply here. While Trevante Rhodes does a good job impersonating Mike Tyson’s mannerisms, subtle shyness, and quiet tone and lisp, it comes off as just an impersonation. He’s a great actor but some of the lines just don’t work for Rhodes.

    Second, Buster Douglas was a mammoth of a human being in the show. Why? Douglas is a larger man now but at the time of the fight he wasn’t fat nor shredded like the show told us. Mike on Hulu takes what makes Buster Douglas beating Tyson in Japan and makes it something completely different.

    In Mike on Hulu, Douglas is a brick house; square and muscle bound. But in all actuality, he was almost the same as any boxer Mike Tyson had faced before. He was in shape, sure, but nothing like what we were shown. It made Mike’s fall from champion to what we will soon see in the next two episodes less heartbreaking. Douglas was a monster in the show, but not in real life. He was almost an Average Joe compared to Mike Tyson and his aura.

    Overall: Still mid

    Mid, as the youngsters like to say. Mike on Hulu is worth a watch but it’s not going to blow your socks off with story you’ve never heard. That’s because they didn’t consult Mike Tyson on this and because of it, the show comes off as unoriginal.

    Two more weeks of this double episode nonsense. At least we have Cobra Kai season five the next day to cheer me up.