There’s just no stopping Marvel. With the Netflix premiere of Jessica Jones -- the second of four planned Marvel series for the streaming giant -- just under two months away, production is already ramping up on the third series, next year’s Luke Cage.
Starring Mike Colter as the titular “hero for hire,” Luke Cage continues the development of the MCU’s New York corner that was started earlier this year with Daredevil. Luke Cage will make his debut in November’s Jessica Jones before getting his own show, which co-stars Alfre Woodard (12 Years A Slave) as Mariah Dillard, Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) as the villainous Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, and Rosario Dawson, who is reprising her role as Claire Temple from Daredevil. Added to this list of stars is Frankie Faison (Banshee) whose casting is confirmed thanks to a new series of set photos.
The photos (via Comingsoon.net), reveal little aside from Faison’s involvement, but that in itself is some pretty big news. We also get our first good look at the cast as they’ll appear in the series and, as ever, things are looking pretty solid. Colter appears comfortable alongside Faison. While casting information on Faison is as yet unconfirmed, readers of the comics will note the proximity of Pop’s Barber Shop in the background.
Luke Cage is rumored to follow the character’s backstory as a man wrongfully imprisoned who undergoes a secret experiment that leaves him with bulletproof skin and super strength. Once freed, Cage attempts to lead a normal life in Harlem, before his past lures him into the spotlight as a hero for hire and a defender of the people.
While just a rumor, this closely follows the story of the character in the comics, who made his debut in 1972. The character frequently teamed up with the mystical martial arts master Iron Fist, who will be getting a series of his own on Netflix, following Luke Cage and season 2 of Daredevil. Also of note, Luke Cage is the husband of Jessica Jones in the comics, and the romance between the two has already been teased as a major plot point in Jessica Jones.
This sort of interconnectedness has been the bread and butter of the MCU since its inception, with each new release adding to and deepening the overall mythos of the franchise. Like the movies, the four Netflix series will culminate in a crossover event, The Defenders, which will feature all four heroes teaming up against a singular powerful foe. It’s a formula that has worked wonders with The Avengers and Netflix hopes to continue the trend.
If the success of Daredevil is any indication, Netflix need not worry about their plans for the MCU. The series broke records when it debuted last spring, and excitement for both its second season and for Jessica Jones are already at a fever pitch. The anticipation shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, further cementing the marriage between Netflix and Marvel Studios.
Daredevil’s season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix and Jessica Jones premieres November 20. Luke Cage and Daredevil season 2 are scheduled for release in 2016, followed by Iron Fist, and the crossover The Defenders at a later date.
Source: Coming Soon