We have our hero for hire. Luke Cage, the hero formerly known as Power Man, will be played by Mike Colter in the Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which Marvel is bringing to Netflix in 2015.
Months ago, Marvel announced that it would be producing four Netfilx TV series a la House of Cards. The first of these would be about Daredevil, followed by Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist (my personal favorite of the four). Stardust actor Charlie Cox will be playing the man without fear, and a couple weeks ago it was announced that the superhero-turned-detective, Jessica Jones, will be played by Breaking Bad actress Krysten Ritter. Now, according to an announcement right from Marvel, Colter will be the male lead in the Jessica Jones show, as the two heroes have a storied relationship. Colter will also be playing Cage in the eponymous show to come later.
Colter has numerous television credits, including recurring roles on The Good Wife, Halo: Nightfall, The Following, and many more. He also looks a lot like Luke Cage, so that’s a plus.
For those who do not know much about Luke Cage, he was the introduced by Marvel Comics in 1972. He was the first black superhero to star in his own series (Black Panther didn’t get his own series until 1973). He has been a member of the Avengers, New Avengers, and Mighty Avengers, as well as the Defenders and the Thunderbolts. His powers include super strength and stamina, unbreakable skin, and certain healing abilities. His powers come from an (unwilling) super-soldier experiment that was pushed past its intended limits.
I, myself, am very excited for all four of these series, as I really love all these heroes. The shows being on Netflix will allow marvel to explore the darker and grittier street-level of the Marvel world. The Cinematic Universe has been getting better and better, so I am expecting these to be awesome. Last but not least, these four series will be crossing over into a Defenders feature. Now that should be something special.
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