Thursday was the start of the Marvel’s push to bring Luke Cage to the publics attention. During the shows panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the first trailer was released and although it was more just a single sequence shown than multiple looks, the trailer did its job to create excitement. This was not our first look at Luke however, after Mike Colter‘s debut in Jessica Jones. His embodiment of the character helped make him a standout in his portrayal, but even though it was not his show, we still got to learn a little bit about his backstory.
The events shown in Jessica Jones are only one piece to the puzzle that is his origin, and with his own series right around the corner we can expect to learn a lot more about his past. In an appearance on the Marvel Live stream earlier this week, Colter may have let slip that episode 4 will deal primarily with his backstory, but would not give any further details. Now in a separate interview with CBS 8, Colter says we will be happy with how it is told.
Colter: I’m excited about a certain episode that really delves into that origin story. I think the fans will be happy with it … We pay homage to some stuff from the past.
When we do start to learn about his origin, some of the recurring cast members should be involved. Thankfully, the show has compiled an outstanding cast so far. In addition to Colter, the likes of Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Mahershala Ali (Cottonmouth), Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard), Frank Whaley (Detective Scarfe), and Theo Rossi (Shades) are the most notable supporting cast members. There are some big names involved and on the press line at SDCC, Rossi and Colter talked about how great the assembled cast is. As Rossi told Comicbook, it all starts with Colter.
Rossi: I’ll tell you this, the truth is, and he probably doesn’t want to hear it. When you’re doing a show, everything starts from the top. As they go, you go. And there is not anyone better – the way he sets the tone.
We have a major respect for each other, we love each other as artists and as people. You couldn’t ask for a better cast. It’s the best cast on television.
The best cast on television is certainly high praise and with the show yet to premiere, this may be a premature crowning. Even though he is a part of that cast, Colter took the praise and took it down a few notches. Instead of them being the best cast on television period, Colter makes it a much more niche title.
Colter: The best cast on television, on Netflix, on a Marvel show, that’s shot in Harlem.
Colter’s statement is a definitive fact since they are the only cast that falls into that category. Luckily, we do not have to wait that much longer to see if they are the best Netflix/Marvel/Harlem cast or the best overall cast. Do you think they could be the best cast ever? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Luke Cage will debut exclusively on Netflix at 12:01 a.m. PST on September 30th.