Yes, There Could Be A Cobra Kai Extended Universe Now

First there was Marvel, then there was DC, now there could be ... "Cobra Kai?" You might not think that the stories of "The Karate Kid" and its follow-up series, "Cobra Kai," would lend themselves to an extended universe of spin-offs and other various projects, but you would be wrong! "Cobra Kai" creator Jon Hurwitz dropped the news on us in a series of tweets, indicating that plans are very much in motion to keep the popular Netflix series going, in one form or another, for the foreseeable future. Ever daydreamed about a "Mr. Miyagi: Origins" prequel series? The possibilities are endless, folks!

'Nothing's Ever Gonna Keep You Down'

There's still plenty of fight left in this dojo. Having first started out as a YouTube series following up on the events of the original "The Karate Kid" film, "Cobra Kai" is now looking to expand its horizon in a big way. Ultimately landing on Netflix, where it had been recently renewed for a total of five seasons, the nostalgia-bound series stars William Zabka and Ralph Macchio, returning decades later to reprise their classic roles as Johnny Lawrence and Danny LaRusso, respectively. The series has received consistent praise with each of its three seasons so far, making it somewhat less surprising that Jon Hurwitz recently took to Twitter in an impromptu Q&A (h/t Screen Rant) to inform fans that there will be plenty more "Cobra Kai" to look forward to.

Take it straight from the man himself, who tweeted, "We're batting around ideas for various Karate Kid/Cobra Kai spin-offs. Some further along than others. Won't spoil anything beyond that." He also mentioned that the writing team is in the midst of developing season 5, keeping an eye on the light at the end of the tunnel as they attempt to bring "Cobra Kai" to its "endgame."

This is where the show benefits from bringing back the older cast, as well as introducing a whole new generation of karate students. With so many characters, both new and old, there really is quite a bit of space to naturally expand the borders of these stories and bring audiences on all sorts of new adventures. That's not even getting into the breathing room that "Cobra Kai" left itself by skipping over the preceding decades between the original film and the events of the first season. The demand is clearly there for more, in any case, with "Cobra Kai" ranking among the most-watched Netflix series on the streaming service.

The first three seasons of "Cobra Kai" are currently streaming on Netflix and fans can expect season 4 to debut sometime in December 2021.