San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Fans expect first look of 'Cobra Kai' season 3 when martial arts dramedy hits convention
That 'Cobra Kai' was renewed for a second season didn't come as a surprise, given the positive response that the first season garnered. The YouTube Premium show was not just a runaway hit, but an invaluable lesson on how to bring a famous franchise back to small screens successfully.
It's fair to say that 'Cobra Kai's success was definitely not a one-off. The series worked well with the audience primarily due to the perfect blend of nostalgia, a solid foundation plan when it came to casting, directing and writing and making characters more relatable.
Season 2 saw the return of Ralph Macchio and William Zabka as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, respectively. The first season saw the duo's rivalry continuing from they left off - the 1984 Under 18 All Valley Karate Championships. Lawrence resurrects the Cobra Kai dojo and wins the 2018 event with new students trained under the famous creed - "Strike first, strike hard, no mercy".
Season 2 sees LaRusso getting his own dojo, inspired by his old sensei, Miyagi. He calls it the Miyagi-Do and this creates a rift between both the teachers and their students as well.
In what would enthrall fans that 'Cobra Kai' will be part of the upcoming, much-awaited San Diego Comic-Con. Season 2 of the martial arts dramedy was a cliffhanger and left the door open for a potential third season.
Season 3 is slated to hit YouTube Premium only in September 2020, but in the meantime, fans can expect some surprise coming their way ahead of the long break. Previously, in an exclusive interview with Martin Kove, the veteran superstar who plays the iconic John Kreese in the 'The Karate Kid' movies and the TV show, it was revealed that production would go on floors in August 2019, and that means, we wouldn't see new footage until January.
That though doesn't mean we can't expect some treats during the panel discussion. While we may not see new footage, there is always room for some behind-the-scenes and clips shot keeping season 3 in mind. In all probability, we may see the first look of the new season in the form of stills.
It is safe to assume at this stage that a majority of the discussion would be on season 2, the moves it took to bring back the popular characters back for a new generation.
If not for the first look or video material, fans can definitely expect graphic novels, memorabilia, and collectibles. But again, let's hope for some exciting news in the days to come.
When: Thursday, July 18, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Where: Ballroom 20
Panelists: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Martin Kove, Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, Hayden Schlossberg
Moderator: Perri Nemiroff, Collider