Last year when Jessica Jones was released on Netflix, the series was met with a lot praise, both from critics and fans. Not only did Krysten Ritter perfectly play Jessica, but she also had some help during the series with Mike Colter debuting as Luke Cage as well. Thankfully for all of us, we do not have to wait that much longer to see more of Colter with his solo series, Luke Cage, debuting later this year.
While we still have to wait four months until it is released, it is never too early to start promoting an upcoming property. Colter recently talked with ET Online about his solo series and what we can expect. We got our first look at the tone in a teaser trailer at the end of Daredevil‘s second season, and in Jessica Jones we learned a bit about Luke’s backstory and how it tied into Jessica’s story. Since Luke Cage will be his series, we will obviously see much more about his life.
You’re definitely going to get a chance to see the backstory. A lot of the stuff you saw in Jessica Jones, the questions you have, the ambiguity, the vagueness [will be answered]… Luke has a lot of skeletons in his closet. He will unleash a lot of the information that people are dying to get to.
Learning more about Luke’s origin should be great, but his story moving forward will be the priority. In the present day, Luke is dealing with the fallout from his experience in Jessica Jones and looks to start his own bar. He has always been a reluctant hero and that seems to carry over into his series.
He’s a convict on the run, he’s a guy that basically wants to just be left alone to lick his wounds, to move on and find a way to get through life. But ultimately, he comes across people who need his help. That’s what happens. He’s a person with abilities and he’s a person with a conscience and eventually, he realizes that the community and the neighborhood needs him.
I think people are going to be really surprised by how things develop. I think it’s surprising, I think it’s emotionally thrilling, I think it’s a drama first and foremost, and secondly it’s a superhero show.
After Luke Cage, Colter will bring Power Man over to The Defenders mini-series, where he will not only team up again with Jessica, but also meet Daredevil and Iron Fist. Contrary to rumors, Colter says he has not yet met Iron Fist, but he is excited for the team up to happen in the near future.
I am really excited about that, actually. I want to see how it unfolds. I want to see how our relationships are set up. I mean, me and Jessica left in a situation [where] we’re kind of rocky. I haven’t met Iron Fist, Danny Rand, yet. I haven’t met Daredevil onscreen. It’s going to be nice to see how they unfold [everything]. I’m looking forward to it.
Speaking of the The Defenders, we know that it will be filming near the end of this year which means we could see it by next summer at the earliest. Vice President of Marvel Telvision Jeph Loeb also talked to ET Online about the possibilities of the series and how they have learned from the first formation of the Avengers.
Loeb: We’re very excited about The Defenders. It’s a chance for us to see all four of our heroes come together. In some cases, they haven’t met, some of the actors, so that part’s super exciting for us. They all have a very different style about being a hero. When you’ve got Daredevil and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and Iron Fist all together, it’s really going to be an amazing, amazing show.
The best news is that we can take a look at The Avengers and say, ‘OK, how do we do that and how do we do it different?’ We saw how the Avengers came together. That was some of the best of times and some of the worst of times for them… Often times, when heroes get together, it doesn’t quite go as smoothly as you’d like it to go.
Luke Cage will debut exclusively on Netflix at 12:01 PST on September 30th.
Source: ET Online.