With Marvel's The Defenders less than a month away, it should come as no surprise that the cast and crew were on hand to talk up the show at Comic-Con, revealing how the show will hand the relationship between Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). In addition to screening the first episode, those involved with the show discussed the various characters and how they interact within the Defenders universe.
One set of interactions that fans are wondering about is how Luke and Jessica will come together. The two were an item briefly in Jessica Jones and are one of the most powerful power couples in the comics, and even end up getting married and having a child. They haven't seen each other in the MCU since Luke awoke from the coma that Jessica put him in, however.
Fortunately for fans of Cage and Jones, this question was addressed at the Comic-Con panel for The Defenders. Discussing the romance between Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, Colter had this to say:
The flame is not out, let's be honest. This is one of those things where there's a lot of fighting, we have to save New York City, I have to sort this thing out with Danny Rand. We have a lot of stuff going on. I think there's some progress, I think we make some strides but this is a long form television series that, you know, we could go there now, but then where do we have to go? It takes time.
If anyone's ever seen an episode of Naked and Afraid, it's weird. They're naked and they're afraid. They're naked, but they're also afraid.
Of course, some might be confused about his leap to Naked and Afraid. Colter's Defenders co-star Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist) certainly was and had to ask for a clarification.
Jones: How does this relate to anything?
Colter: Well, because the nudity is something but the fear supersedes the nudity. So even if you were with someone, like Jessica and I, you're never really thinking about that because there's too much danger.
It certainly sounds like the comic romance between Luke Cage and Jessica Jones is still going to happen, but it's going to be a slow burn. The threat that brings the Defenders together may overshadow the two of them for now, but the show may at least get the two of them talking. That's better than nothing, and with any luck The Defenders won't end with Jessica shooting Luke in the head again.
Marvel’s The Defenders premieres on August 18, 2017 on Netflix. Marvel’s The Punisher premiers later in 2017, and additional seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are expected to air in 2018. A second season of Iron Fist has also been announced.