Thanks to Netflix's Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Luke Cage has high expectations to live up to. Even though it's set to debut later this year, little information has been released about the production. Fans know a little bit about Mike Colter's take on the character from seeing his performance in Jessica Jones, and a little more about his backstory from what was revealed in the series.
How Luke's story will continue is still unclear. So far, the timeline has been confirmed -- Luke Cage takes place after the events of Jessica Jones. It's also been revealed that it will be set in NYC's Harlem neighborhood instead of Hell's Kitchen -- where Daredevil and Jones took place -- and is currently filming on location in NYC. Colter has also said before that the series will be grounded in realism, while still paying homage to the comic. Now he may have confirmed that homage will come about in Cage's original costume from the comic series.
During an appearance at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Luke Cage star Mike Colter suggested to ComicBook.com that his character will don the iconic yellow shirt and tiara look from his early comic book appearances when his series comes to Netflix.
"You know when you see something and you know they're going to do it and you cant believe its real?" Colter mused when ComicBook.com asked him about the wardrobe choice. "I'll leave it at that."
That's not a lot to go on but Colter also previously dropped hints that the costume would show up in his series:
"Jessica is her series. Anything that’s primarily Luke Cage we want to save for Luke Cage’s series. I’m not saying that you’re going to see the yellow shirt, but if you’re going to see it, it’ll be in Luke Cage’s series."
It sounds like Colter thinks it'll show up. However, how it will show up remains to be seen. Will the costume make a cameo in the same way Jessica's bright and comicbook-true Jewel costume showed up in her own dark show? Possibly. The tone Luke Cage will take is still relatively unknown, and that alone may play into how the costume is used or revealed. Colter said earlier:
"Luke Cage is going to have soul, it’s going to have intensity, it’s going to have dark parts to it. I think what’s going to make it unique is also the musicality of it. There’s going to be a musical taste that you found a little bit in Jessica. It defines itself through sound that you can feel when you’re watching the scenes, whether it’s something that’s actually a song that they’re playing or actually just the pulse of the music that they choose thematically."
Colter mentions dark parts, but musicality doesn't actually say a whole lot without name dropping actual music or even genre. If the tone is partially built through sound -- which Daredevil and Jones certainly have in common -- what is that sound? If his hints about the costume are true then we could be looking at a tonally unique show for Netflix. That is, if the creators found some reason for Luke to strap on that tiara and ultra-bright yellow shirt, we may be looking at a very different series. Of course, Daredevil season 2 promises a man running around in a red horned costume -- so Luke's fashion choices won't even be that strange for the Netflix corner of the MCU.
Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, followed by Luke Cage season 1 later in 2016. Release dates for Iron Fist and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. Screen Rant will keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.