The ass-kicking, car-waxing world of Karate Kid is back in a brand new sequel series titled Cobra Kai, and the first teaser just dropped. This time around, the real villain might be middle age.
YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai will see Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence (played by original Karate Kid actors Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, respectively) reignite their rivalry when Johnny reopens his old Cobra Kai dojo. It’s been nearly 30 years since they faced off at the Under-18 All-Valley Karate Tournament, but, as the teaser says, “some rivalries never die.” Apparently, these grown-ass men are refusing to give up their karate feud.
In the time since Daniel’s last appearance in 1989’s The Karate Kid Part III, the former champion has settled down as a family man with a successful car dealership, which sort of hints that the main thing he took away from his training wasn’t the karate, but rather the car waxing.
Johnny’s also a family man. But he’s not as successful as Daniel. He ends up reviving the Cobra Kai gym and drags Daniel and his family back into the world of karate. What will the family drama be? We’re not sure at this point. In one scene from the teaser, Johnny tells his new pupils, “We are not trained to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak,” which is a phrase that speaks to his early days — and the mid-life crisis he could be experiencing.
We’ll be very surprised if this sticks around. Daniel pretty much sums up the series in the teaser: “I just don’t know why you’d ever want to bring back Cobra Kai.” Right on.
Cobra Kai is set to debut exclusively on YouTube Red later this year.