The Marvel Cinematic Universe began expanding into the TV world with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., to mixed response from audiences and critics alike. Then Marvel and Netflix announced a partnership to create four original series for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, leading to a team up of the four heroes in a special event called, The Defenders. We’re about to begin to see what this partnership can create when Daredevil is released in a few weeks on April 10th.
Currently, A.K.A. Jessica Jones is filming with Krysten Ritter set to star as the titular heroine – but after her season, Marvel and Netflix are planning on bringing us the series dedicated to Jessica’s love interest in the comics, Luke Cage. Mike Colter is set to play the beloved comic book character, making his debut in A.K.A. Jessica Jones before continuing as the star of his own Netflix series. In a recent interview, Colter teased for the first time what to expect from the series.
Here’s what Colter teased to IGN regarding his new take on the character:
“It’s geared towards an adult audience, which is something that will be different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you’ve seen before on the big screen. I’m excited about playing the character because I’ve read the comic books. They’re very detailed, gritty; the world they’ve written in the comic books is very clear. Marvel does a fantastic job about bringing human stories – because you’re telling big stories with a heart at the centre of it – and that’s what connects all of the characters to our audience members. Audience members have to feel connected with these characters, to make them relate to the character’s situations and that’s what you see with all of the Marvel characters.”
Colter went further to address his excitement about begining work on the series and the pacing of the series:
“What I’m most excited about is touching on what makes him tick. It feels good to get a character that has such a story, background, and history. And when I look at the scripts, I’m really pleased with it because it’s a slow-burn; there’s nothing happening really fast that gets ahead of itself. I’m really with where they’re taking it and how they’re developing the characters, because it’s really cool.”
Finally, Colter hinted at the new tone fans should be expecting:
“We have a more gritty, focused story on our heroes and characters that live in New York City, but it’s geared towards a more adult audience and I think that’s the thing about the series that will be different.”
Taking into account the aesthetic already shown in Daredevil, and the serious tone that comes with bringing a character like Jessica Jones to life, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the series will be taking a darker turn than what fans have seen previously in the MCU. The most interesting thing Colter says though is how character-driven the series will be and that it will be much more of a slow burn than fans may be expecting because with Daredevil seeming to have a bit of a breakneck tone and Jessica Jones being teased as a somewhat noir/private detective series, the pacing of Luke Cage may very well hint at a genre separate from its predecessors.
While the only casting known for Luke Cage at this point is Colter, the general consensus seems to be that A.K.A. Jessica Jones will be making its Netflix debut later this year, with Luke Cage arriving sometime in 2016. Hopefully, this means that the showrunner for the series will be revealed sometime soon, as well as some new casting announcements in the coming months.
The news that all of these shows seem to be leaning towards darker territory than what may have been previously expected is likely to either disappoint or excite fans. The tone may not matter in the end though, as long as the series is a faithful adaptation and representation of the Luke Cage character. In the end, the fans will decide if it’s a worthy addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe or not.
So what do you think Screen Rant readers? Are you looking forward to seeing Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage series? Are you not? What are your thoughts on Colter’s comments? Are there any characters you’re hoping show up in the series? Let us know in the comments down below!
Luke Cage is expected to debut on Netflix sometime in 2016.
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