Marvel’s big year is only set to get bigger from here. With two successes - Daredevil season 2 and Captain America: Civil War - already under its belt, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is moving on with two more major new releases in the latter half of this year. Doctor Strange is set blow the doors of the universe off its hinges with the introduction of the magical realm, and the anticipation for that film is already starting to bubble over. Before that, however, Marvel is taking another trip to Hell’s Kitchen with the third Defenders TV show, Luke Cage.
After the character’s introduction in last year’s Jessica Jones, anticipation is high for Mike Colter’s (The Good Wife) Luke Cage to return in his own Marvel/Netflix series. In traditional Marvel style, specifics regarding the overall plot have been kept largely under wraps, though we do know that it will deal largely with Cage’s origins and how he obtained his indestructible skin - and his history as a former criminal. as he attempts to atone for the wrongs of his past. While that alone is an intriguing proposition, we’ve got reason to get more excited, as more details are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
Deadline is reporting that Luke Cage will officially be taking part in next month’s Comic-Con in a panel featuring Colter, series co-star Alfre Woodard (Annabelle), and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland). Marvel is also rumored to be preparing brand new preview footage for the series (which makes its debut on Netflix this fall).
Given the venue, it’s not terribly surprising that Marvel would want to showcase Luke Cage. Comic-Con has traditionally been the outlet studios use to build buzz for upcoming projects and give fans small tastes of what’s to be expected. Still, it’s exciting to know we’re only a few short weeks away from getting more information about the direction Luke Cage will be going down following the events of Jessica Jones.
As of yet, there’s no confirmation regarding an appearance from his co-star in Jessica Jones, Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) which may be an indication that the actress won’t be reprising her role in the upcoming season. That’s slightly disappointing, given the fact that, in the comics, the two characters are married and have children together. However, it could also mean that they’re keeping any appearance she might make in Luke Cage under wraps or that Marvel simply has other plans for Ritter at Comic-Con outside of the Luke Cage panel.
With or without Ritter, however, there’s sure to be plenty of interesting tidbits about Luke Cage and we can’t wait to hear what Colter and Coker have to say about bringing this iconic character to life in a series of his own. The series marks the first time that an African-American comic book character is the star of his own show and is representative of the outcome of the growing calls for diversity within the MCU specifically and comic book adaptations in general. With that in mind, it would make sense that Marvel and Comic-Con would want to emphasize that aspect of the series and allow trifecta of Colter, Woodard, and Coker to stand on their own, outside of the shadows of other characters or series.
Regardless of that, having confirmation of a Luke Cage panel is exciting in itself and there’s sure to be plenty of new footage to whet your appetite for the series premiere. It’ll be great to hear from the series stars and showrunner about the development of the project as well as any new details about what to expect when it finally hits the streaming service. We’ll of course keep you posted on any new developments about Luke Cage and the MCU, as well as new information about Comic-Con panels, as it becomes available.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher spinoff on Netflix have not yet been announced. Daredevil season 3 has yet to be confirmed.
Comic-Con International 2016 takes place in San Diego from July 21-24.