A couple of weeks ago we learned the short list for Marvel‘s upcoming Netflix-distributed Luke Cage series had been narrowed down to actors Mike Colter, Cleo Anthony, and Lance Gross. Today Indiewire is reporting the choice has been made.
Mike Colter, who has so far been known for smaller roles in shows like The Good Wife and The Following, will supposedly be tackling the role of Marvel’s first Hero for Hire. If true, Colter will presumably portray Cage in his own series only after appearing in 6 or 7 episodes of Jessica Jones (whose lead role has reportedly been filled by Krysten Ritter, who famously failed to roll on her side in one of the toughest scenes to watch in Breaking Bad). In the comics, Jones and Cage are married with a child.
There’s no confirmation yet from either Colter or Marvel about the casting. However, we do know Colter will be starring in the Xbox Original live-action Halo adaptation Halo: Nightfall. And it does seem like Marvel likes to cast rising stars in the universe of geek, or already established nerd icons.
Luke Cage first appeared in the comics in 1972 with Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1. A young gang member, Luke Cage is convicted for a murder he didn’t commit. While in prison Cage volunteers for an experiment that gives him bulletproof skin and super strength. Cage later took on the name Power Man and eventually his comic was merged with that of the martial arts hero Iron Fist to make Power Man & Iron Fist. After the comic was canceled in the 80s, Cage faded into obscurity. He surfaced briefly for a solo series in the 90s and later Brian Azzarello stirred controversy with the limited series Cage. But the character didn’t truly become a major player in the Marvel Universe until lifelong Luke Cage fanboy Brian Michael Bendis made Cage an integral part of the series that re-energized the Avengers franchise: New Avengers. Cage has remained a highly visible part of the Marvel Universe ever since, proving an important figure in several major crossover events like Civil War, and currently leading his own squad of the Avengers in Mighty Avengers.
It’s too soon to know just how closely the show will mirror the comics. Though considering the Marvel/Netflix announced line-up, it seems clear the close ties between Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Cage, and Danny Rand/Iron Fist will remain intact. Will Cage found the Heroes For Hire company like he does in the comics? Will Cage and Jones marry (making them potentially the first married superhero couple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe)? Will Cage eventually find his way to the Avengers? Any predictions? Wishes? Complaints? Random vowels?