Misty Knight: Unsung Super Hero


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Many people may have discovered Marvel Comics’ Misty Knight on Netflix’s Luke Cage and The Defenders. That iteration of the character was played by Simone Missick. Knight is a feisty detective known for her bionic arm, amazing intuition, and extreme intelligence. On the TV series, and even in the MCU, the character often takes a back seat to other principal characters. On the TV series, we saw her lusting after Luke Cage, who ended up breaking her heart. In comic book world, she actually dated Iron Fist while Luke Cage (Power Man) was the rebound romance, but we will get to that in a minute. Let us start at the beginning.

Mercedes “Misty Knight,” also known as Maya Corday, first appeared in Marvel Premiere #21 (March 1975). The character was born and raised in New York City where she graduated from the police academy. She excelled in the NYPD and rose to became lieutenant. She was already a skilled combatant and had near perfect aim with firearms. In her story arch, Misty lost her arm in an explosion at a bank and she was relegated to a desk job.

Knight was not willing to be on the sidelines, so she left the NYPD and started Knightwing Restorations, LTD, a private investigation firm with her good friend Colleen Wing. Tony Starks, yup THE Tony Starks aka Iron Man, took notice of the young hero and was inspired to gift her with her signature bionic arm. The arm granted Misty superhuman strength, the ability to create energy blasts, gravity fields, control machines, and more.

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Misty Knight is a Marvel hero, half of the Daughters of the Dragon with Colleen Wing and is associated with LukeCage, IronFist, and the Defenders. Misty is a former NYPD officer with a bionic arm which gives her perfect aim, superhuman strength, and concussive blasts. The bionic arm was upgraded by Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man, with Antarctic vibranium which can liquefy other metals including adamantium, which means in a battle, Misty could melt Wolverine. #AURN #AURNOnline #MistyKnight #Marvel #MarvelUniverse @marvel @marvelstudios #LukeCage #PowerMan #IronFist #IronMan #DaughtersOfTheDragon #ColeenWing #Wolverine #TheDefenders #JessicaJones #Daredevil #TheHand #BlackSuperHeroes #BlackComicBookFestNYC #BlackComicBookFestival #ComicBooks #SchomburgCenter @schomburgcenter #Blerd #BlackGirlsRock #nypd

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Misty’s organization affiliations include Knightwing Restorations, LTD, Heroes for Hire, Daughters of the Dragon, and Valkyrior. She has also been involved in the Civil War storyline, she was once roommates with Jean Grey (aka Marvel Girl, Phoenix, and Dark Phoenix) and has helped the X-Men, was included in the short-lived Black Panther & The Crew comic book series, and more.

As far as her relationship with Iron Fist, they met through mutual friend Colleen Wing (Knightwing Restorations, LTD and Daughters of the Dragon) and hit it off. Their relationship was intense, and they were known for sharing the first interracial kiss between superheroes in a mainstream comic book series (1977). Iron Fist broke up with Misty Knight after a while because he didn’t feel like he was a good boyfriend, but they continued having a rollercoaster off and on relationship. Misty became romantically involved with Luke Cage (Power Man) at one point shortly after the Iron Fist break up. Her love affair with Luke Cage was short lived but it caused some tension between “heroes for hire” Luke Cage and Iron Fist. The tension did not last forever but Misty Knight obviously left an impression. In one version of the Marvel Universe, because there are always several different storylines per character (and Misty is in at least six, probably more), Misty Knight and Iron Fist jump the broom, give up being superheroes, and live a simple life with their little girl.

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IRON FIST FRIDAY Vol. 28: Since it’s Valentine’s weekend, let’s get to know five women who have been Danny Rand’s love interest plus a lesser-known relationship with a certain Avenger that should have lasted longer. You can read more from my blog “6 Iron Fist Love Interests in the Comics That You May Not Know” (link in my bio) but here’s a summary: 1. Misty Knight – His longest standing and most famous relationship is with Misty and they are considered the first interracial superhero couple in comics. 2. Colleen Wing – Chris Claremont referred to Colleen as “Danny’s best friend and the woman he would come to love” in an intro but this didn’t happen. In the Ultimate Universe, the two have a child together. 3. Jade the Firebird – In “The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu,” Danny falls in love with Jade, the embodiment of all of humanity’s soul. 4. Sparrow – She is a childhood friend of Danny and the two had a burgeoning romance that didn’t completely come to fruition. 5. Brenda Swanson – Brenda began a relationship with Danny at the beginning of “Iron Fist the Living Weapon” until she eventually disclosed that she was more than she seemed. 6. Spider-Woman It’s unclear if the stories from “Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way” are canon but Iron Fist and Spider-Woman fell in love during their time as New Avengers.👊 #IamIronFist #IronFist #IronFistFriday #ImmortalIronFist #DannyRand #LivingWeapon #MistyKnight #ColleenWing #JadeTheFirebird #Sparrow #BrendaSwanson #SpiderWoman #DeadlyHandsOfKungFu #IronFistTheLivingWeapon #Marvel #MarvelComics #ValentinesDay #Valentines #igcomicfamily #igcomic #igcomics #igcomicscollection #igcomicscommunity #igcomicscollector

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Misty makes a cameo appearance in the Marvel vs. Capcom video game series but is not a playable character. She is obviously a key player in the Marvel Universe who always seems to play a supporting role though she deserves a series of her own. It is time for somebody to recognize Misty Knight!

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