Cobra Kai star Ralph Macchio lists some possible spinoffs for the show. As Daniel LaRusso, Macchio played a crucial role in the wider Karate Kid franchise, which was continued in the well-liked Netflix sequel. The combination of classic characters like Daniel with a more modern group of dojo fighters, frequently dividing the screen time between them, is one of the reasons Cobra Kai has been successful. Even though Cobra Kai has become one of the shows that helped define Netflix as a streaming service, its future is not entirely certain.
Even though he acknowledged some uncertainty, Macchio recently gave an upbeat update on the Cobra Kai’s future. The show has previously benefited from a prompt renewal. Despite the fact that Cobra Kai season 5 has been available for a month, there is no information about what will happen next. This is also evident in the on-screen narratives, where the main conflicts that have motivated the protagonists have essentially been resolved.
During an Interview with Uproxx Macchio was asked Which of the show’s young cast members could lead their own Cobra Kai spinoff. Macchio said the choice would depend on what genre the potential spinoff would fall under, emphasizing that all of his co-stars were qualified. In the passage below, Macchio mentions a few potential scenarios, one of which is a program centered on Hawk and Demetri.
“Oh my god, that’s tough. I gotta back myself of the corner of the room with that question. You know what, they’re all great kids, I know that’s a lame answer. It also matters what tone you’re looking for. If it’s a great comedic tone, there’s Demetri and Hawk and their relationship, and Mary had really strong dramatic moments. Some of my favorite moments are their grounded relationship scene. So are you gonna be making a Parenthood version or a single-camera, 30-minute version? With Robby, one of my favorite moments, was Episode 6 when Daniel talked about failing all the kids, and Robby says, “You didn’t fail me.” I get a lump in my throat. When Johnny Lawrence’s kid is telling Daniel LaRusso that I was a good mentor to him during that time, that’s what’s great about this show. So I’m deflecting, all these kids can do it, I just hope they give me a cameo now and again.”
Could a Hawk & Demetri Spinoff Work?
A spinoff featuring Hawk and Demetri, who goes by the name of the Binary Brothers, is not just supported by Macchio. Demetri’s on-screen friend, Gianni DeCenzo, has expressed interest in maintaining their relationship (played by Jacob Bertrand). DeCenzo discussed how the plot might involve Demetri and Hawk attending college in the future, explaining how the two friends could essentially play the role of detectives. Demetri would take the role of the “good cop,” with Hawk serving as the bad guy.
While that may seem quite far removed from the aspects that fans have enjoyed, Macchio is correct to emphasize the significance of tone: spinoffs that attempt to in some way mimic their predecessor almost never succeed. Fraiser was fundamentally different from Cheers, and the moody and brooding Angel evolved into something entirely different from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition, Cobra Kai set itself apart from The Karate Kid films with its comedy and flipped viewpoints. Even though it’s not a detective story, perhaps something completely unexpected is exactly what the franchise needs to continue to thrive.