When the initial wish list for the role of Luke Cage came out, Mike Colter‘s name was not the no-brainer choice for the role. Prior to the role, he was not a well known actor, who was best known for his role in Halo: Nightfall. Now that the world has gotten a chance to see his performance in Jessica Jones, he has been welcomed with open arms into the MCU, making it nearly impossible to envision anyone else in the role. His role in that series was secondary, but in just a few months, he will have his own series, Luke Cage, debut on Netflix.

The first season has already wrapped filming and we should start to see some promotional materials in the near future, but so far we have so far seen or heard very little about what we can expect. We know it will have a unique tone, but what kind of threats will cause Luke to step out and become a hero? To this point, we know of Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard), Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali), and Willis “Diamondback” Styker (Erik LaRay Harvey) will be the villains, but outside of likely drug ties, their motives and plans are not known.

Mahershala Ali recently sat down with USA Today to talk about his role in the upcoming film, Free State of Jones, but the topic of Luke Cage eventually came up. Although they did not specifically ask him about what his character will be doing, he described him as “a Godfather-type villain.” Outside of his role as the villain, he realizes just how important and influential this series will be. The need to have better diversity on all types of media has been a hot topic of conversation over the last few years and Ali knows that this show will give young African American kids the chance to see a superhero that they can relate to, which is something that has not always been the case.

There are going to be so many kids out there who get to see a black man on that screen and aspire to be like him. We didn’t have that. They get to be included.

Similarly to Ali, Chadwick Boseman has expressed how happy he is that kids will be able to relate to and dress up as their favorite African American superheroes. This is something that will help show that good shows will be received well and praised, no matter the color of the skin of the cast. As long as Luke Cage is a hit, it will only further that conversation and lead the way for even more diverse programs to be released in the future. Let us know your thoughts on the importance of this series in the comments below!

Luke Cage will debut exclusively on Netflix on September 30th at 12:01 PST.

Source: USA Today.