- On January 1, Season three of the martial arts drama series Cobra Kai debuted on Netflix
- Ahead of season three, the show was already renewed for a fourth season which was announced last July
- Looking ahead to the fourth season, who will win the All Valley Karate Championship? See odds and our picks below
Netflix’s Cobra Kai is officially a hit. The karate-infused family drama just launched its third season on Netflix and another is on the way.
Fans of the Karate Kid film trilogy will recognize many of the plot points–and some of the original movies’ cast– in this continuation of the Daniel LaRusso coming-of-age narrative. With a 2020s update featuring woke plot points and more diversity in the show’s mix, Cobra Kai is a fitting and poignant reboot.
As the series heads into a major multi-series plot peak with season four’s All Valley Karate Championship, all eyes are on guessing who is going to take home the tournament’s first-place prize.
Cobra Kai Odds to Win All Valley Karate Championship
|Eli ‘Hawk’ Moskowitz||+350|
|All Other Fighters||+500|
All odds as of Jan. 15
With the All Valley Karate Championship on the horizon, the characters of Cobra Kai have each been training and preparing. Naturally, a few of the competitors are a lot more likely to win the championship than others.
Easily the most feasible option is Miguel Diaz. The teenage hotshot has been increasingly improving his talent, honing his karate skills since Cobra Kai‘s earliest episodes. Having been trained by the fierce and ruthless sensei Johnny Lawrence, he’s a rugged and strong martial artist.
The 19-year-old star waxed on and waxed off to take on the Karate Kid legacy https://t.co/E2Qwt99nbE
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) January 15, 2021
Other options for potential bets are Daniel LaRusso’s daughter Samantha, and Johnny’s estranged son Robby Keane. Given that Cobra Kai is a show that delves so much into the idea of legacy and generational talent, either of these competitors would make fitting winners for the championship.
Old rivals, new friends? They're working on it. pic.twitter.com/Mtf2rN1mSy
— Cobra Kai (@CobraKaiSeries) January 8, 2021
Interestingly, ‘All Other Fighters’ is listed in the middle of the odds. This is interesting to consider that show writers may be playing with the idea of a non-featured character sliding in and scooping a win away from the show’s mainstays.
But none of these competitors have that Karate Kid vibe that Cobra Kai is so blatantly going for. Miguel Diaz’s character has all the underdog excitement that the original films’ Daniel LaRusso had. Watch for Miguel to shine once the tournament episode happens.
Pick: Miguel Diaz (+100)
Odds Jaden Smith Appears in Cobra Kai Season 4
Like most Hollywood productions, Cobra Kai has multiple producers. The show’s stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabra (both of whom reprised their original roles from the Karate Kid films) are co-executive producers. No surprise there, really.
More surprisingly, A-list actor Will Smith serves as one of the show’s executive producers. Entertainment fans may notice an interesting reason for this though, as Smith’s son Jaden starred in the 2010 Karate Kid remake.
With Jaden’s martial arts film past and his dad’s connection to Cobra Kai, does it make sense that Jaden shows up in the series? Well, not really.
The 2010 Karate Kid film that Jaden Smith starred in existed in a world outside of the original films and Cobra Kai‘s narratives. But that isn’t to say Smith’s dad Will doesn’t want his son to have a crossover opportunity.
But Cobra Kai, a program made up of short, half-hour episodes and already dozens of ongoing characters, doesn’t need or necessarily even have room for a Jaden Smith guest spot. With the impending championship of season four going on, introducing a new character at this time would just be a gimmick or distraction.
Pick: No (-3500)
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