Mike Colter recently took on the lead role in his very own series, Luke Cage. It's a good bet many fans have spent their weekend binge-watching the show on Netflix, where Colter finally gets a chance to prove himself as a leading man and to demonstrate why Cage is a perfect fit for the grittier street-level heroes of the streaming service.
With the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thriving, it raises questions as to when and if the characters will make an appearance on the big screen. There is reason to be hopeful that Daredevil, Jessica Jones and now Cage will eventually spend some time with their big-budget neighbors, but fans are wise to remain cautiously optimistic. As far as Colter is concerned, he doubts it will ever happen, even if he wants it to.
In preparation for the premiere of Luke Cage, Colter appeared on Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM and was asked about the possibility of him, and other Netflix characters, making their way into the films. Colter said he didn't think it will happen anytime soon. And according to the actor, it doesn't sound like it's because of the division between studios, but instead the complications that come with scheduling.
"What we do is really unique... We're adult kind of oriented. We're not PG-13. We're not really for the mass audiences, crowd pleasing, family oriented. We have sex scenes. We have, you know, adult situations, and while I think it'd be nice to be in the films, I don't know if we want to dilute what we're doing that makes us very unique. That being said, you know Marvel, if they can make it work I'm sure it'd be nice, but it's really scheduling. They schedule movies years in advance, we're shooting TV series year round. It's very tough to just kind of make things just work the way you want to because it's just so much going on."
Marvel Studios is about to embark on a lengthy shoot that includes Avengers: Infinity War and the fourth and as-yet-untitled film in The Avengers series. Just as Colter says, scheduling every actor to make this possible is a stretch. Marvel already has enough people to worry about by figuring out how to get all the movie characters together, so finding time for TV characters as well would be difficult.
Scheduling will certainly play a factor anytime these types of conversations are happening, but if there is an appearance by the Netflix characters, that doesn't mean it has to be a complicated one. Instead, something that is much simpler, such as The Defenders together looking to the sky at Thanos' attack could prove to be enough of a treat for most viewers. This would give the characters their chance to cameo in a movie, and it would could be filmed relatively quickly. That might not be what everyone is looking for, but it could be the first step in getting the larger MCU to recognize its street-level siblings.
Daredevil season 1 & 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now available on Netflix. 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.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM