Ever since Mike Colter was cast as Marvel hero for hire Luke Cage in the Jessica Jones Marvel Studios/Netflix series, fans have been wondering what shape the own character’s show would take. Months later, it seems that details on Luke Cage are finally beginning to creep out.
Oscar-nominated actress Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of the show in a role that could turn out to be a major villain for the upcoming Hell’s Kitchen-based Marvel series. Now, just days after that announcement, a new report may blow the lid off of the mystery surrounding Luke Cage.
According to Heroic Hollywood, the series will feature a character named Willis Stryker – better known as Diamondback – as the primary antagonist. The villain was reportedly prominently featured in the Luke Cage film script that was in development back in the mid-2000s. Former childhood friends, Luke Cage and Diamondback both fell in love with Reva Connors, who is said to be the love interest on the upcoming Netflix series. Here’s the reported synopsis for the show:
“Luke Cage is a former gang member who is framed for a crime. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Cage escapes and becomes a hero for hire. His archenemy is Willy Stryker, a former childhood friend from Harlem. The two committed petty crimes together, and both fell for the same woman, Reva Connors, which led to their eventual falling out. It was Stryker who framed Cage for a drug deal that sent him to prison.”
Since these details have not been made official, take them with a grain of salt for now. However, having Diamondback as the primary villain fits with previous reports that Marvel villain Cottenmouth would appear, and considering that Diamondback was featured in the film script, he makes sense that he would remain a fixture in Luke Cage’s story, despite its shift from the big screen to Netflix.
Moreover, the betrayal by a close friend adds a deeper sense of personal drama to Luke Cage and instantly fleshes out his backstory, making the character even more accessible to casual viewers unfamiliar with his exploits on the comic book page. It’s easy to see how this reported premise could be turned into a superhero crime drama that would stand head-to-head with Daredevil. After all, these Netflix were always meant to represent street-level Marvel heroes. By the sounds of it, Luke Cage would fit right in.
Daredevil season one is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones releases in Fall 2015, followed by Luke Cage season one and Daredevil season two in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.
Source: Heroic Hollywood