Ralph Macchio on 'Cobra Kai' future: 'Has become a little bit the Marvel Cinematic — Karate Kid cinematic universe'
Since its inception in 2019, 'Cobra Kai' has gone on to be one of the most successful teen dramedies, while also making sure that it lived up to the expectations that 'The Karate Kid' franchise set up. The show has seen five scintillating seasons with the sixth in the offing, and the show's star, Ralph Macchio, who reprises his role as Daniel LaRusso in the hit series, shed light on the future of the series.
The series moved to Netflix soon after airing two seasons on YouTube Red and recently aired its fifth installment. It was also rumored that the show would see another five seasons before switching back to a trilogy of movies. Taking place 34 years after the events of the first 'Karate Kid' movie, it revisits the Miyagi-Verse narrative from a different point of view, following the now middle-aged Johnny Lawrence, who reopens the notorious 'Cobra Kai' dojo and finds himself rivaling Daniel LaRusso once again.
In an interview with Collider, Macchio shared his thoughts while comparing it to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “It has become a little bit the Marvel Cinematic — Karate Kid cinematic universe," he explained. "There are other ideas, other spinoff ideas, more length to the Cobra Kai series, although we don't have an official Season 6 pickup yet. That's the question I’ve been getting at every interview. We don't have that yet, but we feel confident thanks to all of you folks that want to watch it that we’ll have more life in what was born in the fall of 1983 when we were making this movie, The Karate Kid. Who knew?”
Will there be a 'Cobra Kai' Season 6?
The good news: Yes. The bad news is: It might be a bit of a wait before it hits Netflix. At the time of writing, there is no clear release date for ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 6, but with sequences already shot, chances are that a 2023 premiere is on the cards. Also seconding Macchio was executive producer, Jon Hurwitz. In response to a tweet from a fan who asked about the future of the spin-off, he replied: “All I can say is that we can expect more Cobra Kai to come and that the Miyagiverse is far from finished,” he wrote
The official synopsis for 'Cobra Kai' Season 5 reads, "Following the shocking results of the All Valley Tournament, Terry Silver is expanding the Cobra Kai empire and trying to make his “No Mercy” style of karate the only game in town. With Kreese behind bars and Johnny Lawrence setting karate aside to focus on repairing the damage he’s caused, Daniel LaRusso must call on an old friend for help."
'Cobra Kai' is streaming on Netflix.