How old is Miguel Diaz in 'Cobra Kai' Season 5 and what to expect from him in latest season of Netflix series?

How old is Miguel Diaz in 'Cobra Kai' Season 5 and what to expect from him in latest season of Netflix series?
Xolo Mariduena as Miguel Diaz in a still from 'Cobra Kai' (IMDb)

Miguel Diaz is one of the main characters in 'Cobra Kai' and has been a part of the series since its first season. Xolo Mariduena, the 21-year-old actor who plays the character, is of Spanish origin and first appeared in 'Parenthood' on NBC. At first, he made a guest appearance on 'Parenthood,' and later was made one of the main characters which made him rise to fame.

'Cobra Kai' has had a high viewership on both YouTube and Netflix and has received critical acclaim for its writing, performances, action sequences, character development, and faithfulness to previous films. It has received numerous awards and nominations, with the third season being nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Mariduena was nominated for 'Cobra Kai' under several categories but he sadly hasn't taken an award home for the series yet. If you are not a superfan yet and are wondering who Miguel Diaz is and want to know more, then keep reading.


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Miguel Diaz is one of the three deuteragonists in 'Cobra Kai'. Miguel is a student of Johnny Lawrence's Eagle Fang Karate (allied with Miyagi-Do Karate) and formerly the top student of 'Cobra Kai' Karate which has since been taken over by John Kreese. Miguel Diaz, who is 17 years old, is Johnny Lawrence's neighbor and convinces Johnny to train him in the art of karate. His family arrived in the United States from Ecuador before he was born. His unknown father, who viewers may meet in the upcoming season, didn't join them in America. Miguel suffers a spinal cord injury in the school brawl. Miraculously, he manages to recover after being told he may never walk again. 

In Season 4, viewers saw Miguel continues training under both Daniel and Johnny while also continuing his relationship with Sam. Throughout their training, he begins to develop a close friendship with Daniel, while taking an appreciation for Miyagi-Do's passive approach toward fighting, much to Johnny's jealousy. He also learns that Johnny is dating his mother, which later leads to friction between them, with Johnny starting to treat him differently from the other students and Miguel beginning to spend less time with Johnny.

After Eagle Fang and Miyagi Do split, Miguel remains with Johnny and Eagle Fang. He later helps recruit new female students into the new dojo despite its initial failure. During the junior prom, Miguel and Sam become distracted by Tory and Robby. When he returns home, he finds a drunken Johnny, who explains that he loves Miguel as a son, leading Miguel to shed a tear of happiness that changes to dejection and heartbreak as Johnny calls him Robby instead, straining their relationship due to Robby taunting Miguel about Johnny using him to compensate for his relationship problems with Robby during the after prom pool fight.

During the semifinals, Miguel faces off against Hawk who is going by Eli again and has joined Miyagi-Do. He gains the upper hand but pulls a muscle in his back and falls to the ground as he was about to knock Eli out with his kick. Ultimately, he decides to step down from the match due to his belief that he's no longer fighting for himself, having been pressured by Johnny to return and further straining their relationship. He then leaves the tournament.

In a letter to his mother, he reveals that he is heading to Mexico City to find his biological father in order to know who he is and his place in the world. However, unknown to Miguel, Miguel's father is oblivious of his existence because his mother Carmen had fled when she was still pregnant.

In Season 5, Viewers can expect Miguel to go on a trip to Mexico City to search for his father. As of now, although it cannot be confirmed whether he finds him or not, we hope he gets a proper amount of screen time and is back to the academy soon.

Watch Miguel's journey on 'Cobra Kai' Season 5 which premieres on Netflix on Friday, September 9, 2022.

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