Mike Colter has taken to social media to address the recent cancellation of Marvel’s Luke Cage. Fans of Netflix’s Marvel Comics-inspired superhero shows were dealt a series of (partially) unexpected blows, when not long after the cancellation of the maligned Iron Fist, it was announced that Luke Cage had also been canceled after only two seasons. That Marvel’s bulletproof hero had been brought low was something of a surprise, as the series’ first received generally positive reviews and seemingly broke Netflix the weekend it was released. And though its second season didn’t necessarily set the world on fire, it did feel as though it improved on the fist in some important ways.
Reasons behind the cancellations have been the source of much speculation. Netflix’s refusal to provide viewership data about its programming has made understanding the decision to cull its Marvel properties harder to understand, and in the absence of hard data, the internet has responded in kind, with theories pointing the finger at Disney’s upcoming streaming service or to a planned Heroes For Hire series that would fold Iron Fist and Luke Cage into a single show. For now, though, it looks as if perplexed viewers will simply have to make do with their theories, or, you know, accept the cancellation as an unfortunate but common part of the business that is making television.
As is usually the case when things like this happen, the cast and creators take to social media to express their disappointment, but also to express their gratitude to fans for having watched in the first place. That was true of both Iron Fist stars Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick, and of Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. And now Colter has chimed in as well, but with a twist, as he bids farewell to Luke Cage, but also welcomes his new daughter in the same post. Check it out below:
I am forever grateful to Marvel and Netflix for letting me portray such a prolific character, and I thank you amazing fans. As one door closes, another has opened, with the birth of my daughter this week. A lot of great memories. Time to make more. Always forward, forward always pic.twitter.com/Dvv4YOBeEE— Mike Colter (@realmikecolter) October 22, 2018
Colter seems to have a positive demeanor in his post (how could he not, considering who he’s pointing at), and he appears intent on moving forward. There’s no indication of what’s next for him, though that likely won’t prevent some from hypothesizing he’s talking about Luke Cage in saying, “Always forward, forward always.” Regardless, the news of Luke Cage and Iron Fist’s cancellations will no doubt cast a shadow on Netlfix’s remaining Marvel series, though Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and The Punisher appear safe for the time being.
Luke Cage seasons 1 & 2 are available to stream on Netflix.
Source: Mike Colter