With Entertainment Weekly having turned our attention to the second season of Daredevil yesterday, it’s easy to forget there’s another Marvel series making its way to Netflix next year – Luke Cage. Having quickly becoming a fan-favorite due to his appearance in the critically acclaimed Jessica Jones, Mike Colter will be headlining his own series in 2016. While he’s previously talked about what fans can expect, indicating that like with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, it’ll have a different feel to it, helping to separate it from the pack, this is the first time Colter has addressed the possibility of him doning his character’s famous costume at some point in the show.
On the film side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ve seen nearly all of our heroes wear costumes similar to their comic counterparts. When it comes to the television side of the MCU, however, that hasn’t really been the case. Daisy Johnson’s costume on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is pretty similiar to that of her comic book counterpart, but one of the main complaints in regards to the Netflix shows is that the red suit showcased in Daredevil was a far cry from the suit in the comics. So fans are hoping that we’ll at least be able to see Luke Cage in his famous yellow shirt from the comics. According to Colter, it’s coming, but there’s going to be a “unique” way of showcasing it.
In “Jessica Jones,” Krysten Ritter doesn’t wear her comic’s superhero Jewel costume; she just holds it up and calls it silly. Have you tried Luke Cage’s costume, even for Halloween?
I’ll say it this way. The writers have been very clever and very on point with the way they allowed this to be grounded in realism [while] paying homage to the comic book and what comic book fans know to be their world. We’re trying to bring it to the screen. I think we’re going to satisfy everyone. We’re not going to give them exactly what they want, but I think everyone will be ecstatic about what we’re willing to do for them. We know what side our bread is buttered on. To try and not give the fans what they want would be a mistake;, that being said, it’s going to be a unique way of delivering it. But they’re going to get what they want eventually.
Another thing fans have been curious about is if the series will explore Cage’s back story and how he was wrongfully imprisoned. Per Colter, we can expect flashbacks throughout the series that’ll help to tell a part of his story, and more than likely, the details concerning his imprisonment. He also talks about how Luke Cage is the hero we need right now when asked about the show possibly touching on the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the comic books, your character was wrongfully imprisoned and wrongfully convicted. Is “Luke Cage” going to address things that are going on right here, right now like Black Lives Matter?
I’m very aware of the current environment that we’re in, especially in America, what’s going on with the police and what’s going on with these incidents. I’m acutely aware of it. This is not necessarily the platform to hit it head on. That being said, I really feel like Luke Cage is a timely hero right now. I feel like what we’re doing subtly — with the storytelling and how he is as a character — that’s going to be different than what you saw in “Jessica.”
I don’t think you can effectively do anything to resolve all of the issues that we have as a society, but we can inspire people to look at themselves and to think about their actions. We have a long path, and we try to tell a long story with Luke Cage. The things that he’s going through will ring true for a lot of people in law enforcement and for those who are not in law enforcement. And people who are on the street will also relate to this character.
Although Colter only appeared in a handful of Jessica Jones episodes, he made quite an impact, becoming one of the highlights for many fans of the series. For Colter, having the chance to ease into both this character and the Marvel Universe through Jessica Jones was appreciated – even if the Luke Cage we met in Jessica Jones will differ a bit from the one we see in Luke Cage.
Were you happy to have an opportunity to ease into the Marvel universe on “Jessica Jones” before headlining as “Luke Cage?”
Yeah, I was, actually. Luke Cage and Jessica are so intertwined, it’s nice to have that familiarity with the character prior to going into your own series. That being said, this character does go off in another direction once he leaves that series, so it’s almost like a reboot in a sense. He’s the same person, but where we find him, we’ll be able to find out so much more about him when we shine the spotlight on him. All the things we find out about him will just make what you saw in “Jessica” more clear.
Luke Cage, which is currently filming in New York, is set to hit Netflix at some point in 2016.
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Source: LA Times.