We are proud to provide an exclusive about a new story from Marvel as part of the Secret Wars anthology titled “Secret Love”.  Secret Love will be a series of short love stories from a number of different Marvel alternate universes.  This particular story starts off with Misty and Danny who going on a date and decide to discuss their on-again/off-again relationship.  There will also be some short appearances from Luke Cage, Colleen Wing, and Jessica Jones.  This story is right on time for old and new fans as we wait with baited breath for the Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist TV series to premiere on Netflix. Gurihiru, a two-person studio are the illustrators of the comic with

I had the opportunity to chat with writer Jeremy Whitley, best known for his Princeless series, about a girl who finds herself locked away in a tower.  Jeremy has also been a guest on the BGNPodcast to discuss diversity in comics.

 

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Jamie: Can you tell us a little bit about “Secret Love” part of the Secret Wars anthology?

Jeremy: “Secret Love” is a one-shot anthology book that is part of Marvel’s summer “Secret Wars” event. It’s a romance anthology from all around the Marvel multiverse. Each story is a self-contained take on two characters and their relationship in an alternate universe.

For my story, I chose to do a story about Misty Knight and Danny Rand aka Iron Fist.

Jamie:  What inspired you to work on this particular story?

Jeremy: Misty and Danny are two of my favorite characters and I don’t think they get the love they deserve. Misty’s a total bad-ass. I mean, come on. She was a cop who lost her arm in the line of duty and her reaction was to get a cybernetic arm and jump back in. When the cops put her behind a desk, she decided to start running retrievals for bond jumping super criminals with her buddy Colleen. You can’t keep her down. Danny, of course, is a kung-fu master who once stopped a bullet train by punching it. HE PUNCHED A TRAIN!

Of course, as far as their relationship is concerned, it’s a story that’s always spoken to me. It’s one of the few interracial relationships in superhero comics and one of even fewer featuring a black woman and a white man – like my own marriage.

 

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Jamie:  Danny Rand and Misty Knight have had a long term on-again and off-again relationship, that at times became quite complicated. Will “Secret Love” also have some complexity or should we expect something different?

Jeremy: The story in “Secret Love” will be a little different. We’re picking up Danny and Misty in a very different part of their relationships. They’ve had to make a choice between being superheroes who might not make it home at the end of the day and settling down and starting a family. When we pick up, Danny and Misty have been married for a few years and have a little two year old daughter. They’ve hit a point in their relationship, as so many couples do, where they’re worried about that they’re not who they used to be and that things that used to come easy seem hard.

Jamie:  As someone who is in an interracial relationship, have you drawn from your own experiences in writing this story?

Jeremy: Yes. Absolutely. I think some of that will become very quickly evident to people who read the story. Not the least of the experiences is that I had my wife read the first draft of the script and I got some hair related notes. At one point in the story Danny is doing Misty’s hair while they watch tv. Initially, I had written that he’s giving her microbraids. My wife immediately caught that it was supposed to be over the course of two movies and said “Nope, there’s no way he gets that done in four hours. It doesn’t matter what kind of powers he has.” So, yeah, that got changed.

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Jamie:  Misty Knight has a daughter with Danny Rand in this story! Is this a continuation from the false pregnancy she had previously or will we expect something different?

Jeremy: It’s unrelated to that. Though I have to admit, that broke my heart when that happened in the comics. I was invested in that little baby.

Jamie: What are your thoughts about the new Iron Fist series scheduled for release on Netflix and who would you cast as Danny and Misty?

Jeremy: I’m excited about it! As I’ve said, I love these characters and I love that they’re getting a bigger stage. As far as casting, I honestly have no recommendations at this point. I want to be surprised. I ‘d like to see some new fairly unknown actors get a shot at the roles. I would have never cast Charlie Cox as Daredevil, but I thought he was fantastic.

Jamie: What do you hope readers will take away from this comic?

Jeremy: I hope readers love the comic. It’s not long and it won’t take a terribly long time to read, but I hope readers will come away from it sharing the love I have for these two characters and their relationship. If I’ve done my job, readers should take away a warm bubbly feeling and a desire to see more Misty and Danny in their comics!

 

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Secret Love debuts in August and is currently available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Be sure to add this to your pull list stories are self contained and there is no need to have ready anything else, Secret Wars or otherwise.  Jeremy Whitley is open to answer any questions you have about the impending comic.  You can follow him on Twitter or Tumblr.