It is not often that we see black woman superheroes on the screen, especially in a TV or web series. That is why emerging actress Simone Missick is making news for her upcoming role as Misty Knight in Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix. Here are some facts about Missick and her superhero character.
1. Missick and her character have some bomb natural hair
Superheroine Misty Knight is typically drawn with an enormous, curly afro, and actress Simone Missick matches that visual perfectly.
2. The superheroine is a lead in the upcoming Luke Cage series
There will be no ‘five minutes of face time and that’s it’. Missick will have a leading role as Misty Knight.
3. Like Knight, Missick has her own preternatural abilities
The superheroine was first mentioned in the 20th issue of Marvel Premiere (January 1975). Her abilities include hand-to-hand combat from her previous training as a police officer and a bionic arm that gives her magnetism, and superhuman aim and strength.
Missick has even done some of her own stunts.
Missick laughs as she describes her preparation for the basketball scene, which takes place outside on a Harlem court and involves making a very impressive shot. There was a stunt double on-hand, but “they wanted me to be familiar with dribbling,” says Missick. Little did the crew know, Missick was captain of her varsity basketball team in high school. She made the basket on the first take, eliciting a major reaction from everyone on set. “Everyone was like ‘ohhhhhhh!’” — DuJour
4. Missick is a Howard University alum
While at Howard, she studied theatre, which “solidified her passion for acting”. She went on to graduate with a minor in Theatre Arts.
5. Simone Missick is married to fellow actor Dorian Missick
Dorian has starred in Southland and the romantic film Premium. They married in February 2012.
6. Missick was born in the D (Detroit)
.. while her character, Knight, was born and raised in New York City.
Don’t forget to support Missick in Netflix’s Luke’s Cage on September 30!