On Monday, Marvel named the person who will be Luke Cage in their upcoming Netflix series of the same name — Mike Colter of the the Microsoft Entertainment series, Halo: Nightfall. Luke Cage, or Power Man, will be introduced to the Marvel universe in A.K.A Jessica Jones, which will premier following the Daredevil series sometime in 2015.
Jessica Jones, who will be played by Krysten Ritter of Breaking Bad, will be a 13-episode series about a former superhero trying to rebuild her personal life and career who is now a private detective in New York City. During an investigation, Jones will meet the mysterious Luke Cage. He has secrets in his past that will change Jessica forever, according to an official press release about the show and the meeting of the two future stars of The Defenders series. A.K.A. Jessica Jones will be produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios for Netflix.
After A.K.A Jessica Jones runs its course, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) will have his place in the sun with his own 13-episode series. Then, The Iron Fist will follow, and after that, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and The Iron Fist will form The Defenders and be together in the same series, fighting crime as a well-honed unit.
According to Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, Mike Colter is the perfect choice to “bring this iconic Marvel character to life.” She stated that Colter embodied “the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage.
Not much more than a month ago, Marvel revealed that they were down to two names of possible actors to play Luke Cage. Now, with Mike Colter, in the words of Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb, “we’ve found the perfect actor.” Loeb stated that viewers will get to “experience why he is such an important super hero in the Marvel mythos.”
In Halo: Nightfall, Mike Colter stars as Jameson Locke. Colter has also had roles in TV series such as American Horror Story: Coven and The Good Wife. Luke Cage was created in 1972 by Archie Goodwin and John Romita Sr. Though the character of Luke Cage was inspired by blaxploitation movies like Shaft, he is famous as being one of the first black superheros in comic books.
Daredevil will be the first Marvel superhero-based series to air on Netflix. It has wrapped up production, and will premiere on Netflix in May 2015. Charlie Cox will star as Daredevil, “The Man Without Fear,” a blind lawyer by day and a fearless crime-fighter by night.
Then, later in 2015, A.K.A. Jessica Jones will premiere on Netflix. Luke Cage, played by Mike Colter, will get introduced in that series, before being spun off into his own superhero series on Netflix.
Just as the successful franchise, The Avengers, got its start by first having individual members of the superhero group star in their own movies, like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, Marvel is hoping for the same kind of ratings magic with the four individual superhero TV series leading up to The Defenders.
If Daredevil tanks and has poor ratings, the overall success of Marvel’s experiment to replicate their Big Screen success on the small screen might be called in question. However, if Daredevil attracts a large audience, execs at Marvel will look like geniuses.
Marvel has gotten one step closer to seeing the comic book superhero Luke Cage come to life on TV by today’s naming of actor Mike Colter of Halo: Nightfall fame to play this pioneering superhero. Fans will have to wait until Daredevil and A.K.A. Jessica Jones both air on Netflix before they can see Mike Colter as Luke Cage in his own series, but if those two shows are big hits, Luke Cage might follow suit and also be ratings gold.
Written By Douglas Cobb