Los Angeles has been abuzz this weekend as fans attend Stan Lee's LA Comic Con, formerly known as Stan Lee Comikaze Expo. The name change was something Lee addressed ahead of the convention this weekend because he felt it didn't have the name recognition it deserved. The guest list reads like any other sizeable convention, with a robust Artist's Alley and plenty of big names doing panels and signing autographs. One of the hottest properties at Marvel right now is Luke Cage, and series star, Mike Colter, was in attendance at today's event.
During the event, Stan Lee briefly interrupted Mike Colter's panel to dote on the actor and congratulate him on the success of the series, teasing that the show was so popular it "broke the Internet."
Colter opened the panel with, "It's great to be part of the Marvel family," and Screen Geek also caught an interesting tidbit when one fan asked what Colter's thoughts were on the DC/Marvel feud. While grateful for Luke Cage's success, Colter's response was pretty even, he said:
"DC and Marvel are always about entertainment, right? And what’s great about DC and Marvel, it’s like any great rivalry. We’re trying to push the other one to excellence. DC is always thinking of a new way to challenge Marvel, and Marvel is always thinking of a new way to challenge DC. So that’s going to drive both of them to be the best version of themselves the best way they can be. Kudos to to DC for putting out great products.”
Obviously, it's in every actor's best interest to not bite the hand that feeds, but Colter's sentiment is shared by many consumers despite fan conflicts to the contrary. The rift between fans of the two properties seems to be growing at such a fast pace that eventually there will be no such thing as a casual fan. When it comes right down to it, both DC and Marvel release films that bring in hundreds of millions of global dollars, and these characters are seen (and enjoyed) all around the world. Doesn't that mean everyone wins? Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director, James Gunn, has also spoken out about the the two properties, saying that he "wants them all to be good."
To further position himself as an option across the board, Colter replied as expected when asked if he'd consider leaving for DC, saying:
"It’s a contract. So you know it’s not like the NBA you know. It’s not easy to get out. Put it this way... the Verizon guy switched over. We never saw that coming, did we? So you never say never. I don’t know. I don’t know.”
Film reviews aside, Ryan Reynolds was a much better Deadpool than a Green Lantern; Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne/Batman was more believable than his Matt Murdock/Daredevil; and Halle Berry's Storm vs her Catwoman isn't even a contest. For the folks like Chris Evans (Johnny Storm to Captain America) and Brandon Routh (Superman to Atom) who moved horizontally within Marvel and DC, respectively, change is possible and sometimes it works out for the better.
So, for argument's sake, who do you think Mike Colter could play in the DC world? Perhaps Steel, Hardware/Cog in the Machine, Icon, even John Stewart?
Luke Cage, Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, and Jessica Jones are all streaming on Netflix now. Iron Fist will be available on Netflix March 17, 2017; and The Defenders is expected someone later in 2017.
Source: Screen Geek