Following his noteworthy introduction in season one of Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones last year, Mike Colter didn’t have to wait very long for his own series on the streaming service, with season one of Luke Cage set to premiere this coming Friday. Judging by the early reviews and reactions to it as well, it’s sounding more and more like Luke Cage might just be Marvel’s greatest Netflix series yet.
It turns out, that Marvel’s original plan might not be what we’re seeing right now though, and it looks like Luke Cage was originally going to have to wait much longer after Jessica Jones for his own series, had it not been for the overwhelmingly positive critical and fan reaction to Colter’s turn as the character, that is.
In a recent interview with Complex, Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Coker revealed that originally, Marvel was going to release their Iron Fist series before a Luke Cage one, but plans changed after Colter’s MCU debut last year:
“Marvel went from, ‘We’re gonna take our time’ to ‘Let’s flip it and do Luke Cage first. ‘We’ve got this great concept and this guy is leaping off the screen, let’s follow the momentum.’”
It sounds like the sudden scheduling change might have come as an even bigger surprise to Colter himself as well, the showrunner revealed:
“I called Mike and he’s freaking out: ‘We’re having a baby, my wife’s going to leave me!’ I had to calm him down.”
It seems like Marvel may have made the right move here as well, and while we can’t wait to see Finn Jones’ tear up the streets of Hell’s Kitchen as Iron Fist next year, not having to wait more than a year to see Colter return in his own series helps to cement his place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe better, we think.
This just continues to go against all of those rumors that were running around last year though, when multiple outlets seemed confident that Marvel was going to be changing their minds about doing an Iron Fist series. Turns out, that was originally going to happen a lot sooner than most had thought.
Luke Cage will premiere on Netflix this Friday, September 30th.
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