Marvel Studios’ upcoming slate for original series launching on Netflix is almost as ambitious as their feature film slate through 2019. In addition to “Daredevil,” shooting right now, they’ll also be launching “Jessica Jones” starring Krysten Ritter, as well as shows based on Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and their Defenders team. Now, one of the most important characters in the whole of all of those productions has been cast.
Actor Mike Colter, whose most recent credit included the Xbox series Halo: Nightfall, has been cast as Cage according to Variety. Colter’s name has been rumored for the part over the last few weeks, and his casting represents a very important step in realizing the Netflix side of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Cage made his first appearance in Marvel Comics in June 1972’s Luke Cage: Hero for Hire #1, and was created by writer Archie Goodwin and artist John Romita, Sr. Originally conceived during the rising popularity of 1970’s “blaxploitation” films, Cage was later paired with the martial arts-based hero Iron Fist when the popularity of both blaxploitation and martial arts films began to fade. He would go on to become one of the founders of the superhero team known as “the Defenders,” and after starring in his own ongoing series in the nineties was used more steadily by writer Brian Michael Bendis in series like Alias, Secret War, and ultimately, The New Avengers. Cage has been a prominent Avenger ever since, as well as a member of teams like the Thunderbolts and even the Fantastic Four.
Colter as Luke Cage is expected to star in AKA Jessica Jones alongside Krysten Ritter (as, in the comics, the two eventually develop an attraction to each other), as well as a series of his own that will culminate in a Defenders mini-series. On Colter’s casting, Marvel’s television head Jeph Loeb (also a prominent comics eriter in his own right) said, “Fans have longed to see Luke Cage…and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor. Viewers will get to meet Luke Cage in ‘Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,’ and experience why he is such an important superhero in the Marvel mythos.”
The slate of series is expected to debut next year, and will take place in the same cinematic universe as films like The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy. For more on Marvel Studios’ TV and film properties, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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