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There’s a really good reason Mr. Miyagi and his devious training regime for Daniel LaRusso remains iconic to this day. Man is – and remains – the most powerful figure in Karate kid universe.
Don’t believe us? Cobra Kai Co-creator and executive producer Hayden Schlossberg recently put it on Twitter when asked about his personal ranking of the smartest and most muscular characters. Miyagi (played by the late Pat Morita) took first place in the latter category.
Take a look for yourself in the tweet exchange below:
While Morita (died in 2005 at the age of 73) is no longer with us, Cobra Kai is making great strides in paying homage to the deep legacy left by Mr. Miyagi, whether through existing footage from the films or previously unread letters.
Considering how many stellar fighters have passed through this world, it’s interesting how much Mr. Miyagi’s legacy and place is still respected and influential all these years later.
âAs the series progresses, we are looking for new, interesting, thoughtful, and hair-raising ways to continue to bring Mr. Miyagi into this universe. We see Mr. Miyagi as a character in our series. He’s a very character. powerful. âSchlossberg co-creator and executive producer Josh Heald said /MOVIE shortly after Season 3 released earlier this year.
He continued, âThe Miyagi-Dos train in his house and there are only a limited number of flashbacks you can do on the Karate kid movies before you start to say to yourself, “Okay, here’s another one.” This is the one where Daniel is specifically looking for new information about what is going on and where he is in his life and knows he doesn’t have what he is looking for from the experience he remembers with Mr. Miyagi. Letters were sort of the perfect device for talking about a writers’ room and deciding on okay, what if it did exist? Then to give it a context in which it ties into Mr. Miyagi’s own love affair and Daniel’s exact situation in his life and Mr. Miyagi’s death, it was just an avalanche of emotions that allowed us to do something like this. “
In an interview over the summer, the project’s third creator / EP, Jon Hurwitz, said “there are still a lot of stories to be told, in our minds.” He could not say how many seasons the series will end with, but added that “we will approach each season with enthusiasm and confidence”.
Season 4 of Cobra Kai lands on Netflix on Friday, December 31. A fifth installment has already received the green light.