With Cobra Kai getting settled in at its new home at Netflix, co-creators and executive producers Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, and Hayden Schlossberg's discussed the process of deciding which characters from the film franchise to bring back last week (more on that below). Why's that important? Because in the following trailer to promote the first two seasons of the Karate Kid sequel series joining Netflix on August 28, we get a small teaser at the end for 2021's third season that we're pretty sure teases another familiar face coming aboard.
By the time the credits rolled on the previous season, Ralph Macchio's Daniel was packing his bags and heading to Okinawa, Japan, to find a bit of that "Miyagi mojo" as well as learn the origins of both Miyagi-Do Karate and Cobra Kai. At the end of the video below, we see Daniel speaking with someone we're pretty sure is Chozen Toguchi (played by Yuji Okumoto in The Karate Kid Part II) before Daniel gets put on his butt with a warning from the individual that Miyagi had more secrets than Daniel realizes.
Earlier this month, Hurwitz revealed to CBR that all of the film trilogy's characters are potentially in play (as it clearly appears in the brief season 3 scene above): "We love The Karate Kid trilogy and anyone who has seen Seasons 1 and 2 has seen us make references to all three of the original Karate Kid films. And we also say that it's our belief that anything that has happened in a movie Mr. Miyagi was in, which includes The Next Karate Kid, is part of the Miyagi-Verse and our series takes place in the Miyagi-Verse." Hurwitz continued, "Any character who has lived within this Miyagi-Verse has potential to show up at some point on Cobra Kai and I can say that the three of us, as writers, have literally discussed pretty much every person who has appeared in those films, from these large characters you're talking about, like the Terry Silvers of the world, to the most minor characters who had one or two lines."
That said, as fun as it is to bring these characters back for the fans it's important that the characters they use bring something meaningful to the series' overall narrative: "We view that as all characters who live in our universe and, at any moment in time, have the potential to show up as long as they're relevant to the present-day story that we're telling and don't feel like they're thrown in there for cameo purposes or for simply for nostalgia's sake," Hurwitz explained. "There needs to be a real, dramatic reason [in] present-day why any of these characters would be relevant to our story. I can say that, going forward, we should expect more characters from The Karate Kid films to return but I can't say who or when or pretty much anything beyond that."