The Marvel movie event of the year was undoubtedly Captain America: Civil War. The Marvel heroes split into two factions, at war over the topic of government registration. The film, and the original comic book story arc, both have topical political undertones.
Its always the big question in the Marvel Universe, which side is this or that character on. When it comes to the live-action Netflix Marvel television shows, which exist in the same realm as the films, allegiances have yet to be discussed. The question of which side Luke Cage would take was recently posed to the series star, Mike Colter.
Colter was a guest at a recent Empire Magazine live event and the big question was posed to him from the audience. Clearly having a firm grip on the persona of the comic book origins of his character, Colter had the perfect reply:
Colter’s comments are definitely relevant to the Netflix series, as showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker recently spoke about the distinct possibility of bringing Luke Cage’s Heroes for Hire team into series two, if the show ends up getting renewed for another round. If the solo series gets half the reception that Luke Cage got as a recurring side character on the first season of Jessica Jones, then a season two is a sure thing.
Luke Cage has a history of rebellion in the comics that is also likely to carry over to the screen. When the Superhero Registration Act was enacted in the comics, during the original Civil War story arc, Cage refused to register with the government and instead opted to fight with Captain America and his Secret Avengers team. Cage felt strongly that the required registration was too close to the racist Jim Crow laws.
The other route that they could take is the Heroes For Hire. The concept of Heroes for Hire has its roots back in the pages of Power Man and Iron Fist #54 in 1978. The duo started their own superhero protection/private investigation business for profit. The two best friends acted as body guards at times and later would be a more traditional superhero team, including members like Hercules, The Hulk, Ant-Man and Black Knight. The team, like most in the comic books, has been formed and re-formed time and again with various members with various motivations. There was even a version of Heroes for Hire that took root during Civil War, but Cage wasn’t involved with that incarnation.
Marvel Fans have been anxiously awaiting more television to film MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) crossovers. Things were looking up when Alfre Woodard was cast in both Luke Cage and Captain America: Civil War, but it ended up being two separate roles. The best fans have gotten is the permanent shift of Agent Coulson and some minor movie characters appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Interestingly, the time-displaced daughter of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Danielle Cage, is the new Captain America and leader of the U.S.Avengers currently in the Marvel Now! 2.0 comic books.
Captain America: Civil War is currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. The Defenders and Iron Fist arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.