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Mike Colter Talks Luke Cage

Marvel and Netflix’s joint venture on Daredevil shaped a new breed of superhero series. Dark, brooding and violent, Daredevil focused on Matt Murdock and his fight against crime in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. Then came Jessica Jones, a contemporary noir with a lead female protagonist battling her inner demons.

Luke Cage is set for the next superhero adaptation to Netflix, who was first seen as a barman with super human strength and unbreakable skin in Jessica Jones. So what is in store for Cage’s own show? Mike Colter recently talked about the series with Los Angeles Times and revealed a few more details…

Luke Cage” is going to have soul, it’s going to have intensity, it’s going to have dark parts to it. I think what’s going to make it unique is also the musicality of it. There’s going to be a musical taste that you found a little bit in “Jessica.” It defines itself through sound that you can feel when you’re watching the scenes, whether it’s something that’s actually a song that they’re playing or actually just the pulse of the music that they choose thematically. “Luke Cage” is going to define itself in that way, and it’s going to define itself in the locations that we’re doing. It’s no secret that you’re going to find Luke Cage uptown after the [“Jessica Jones”] series is over, so the things that happen to him and Jessica will affect him. And then when you find him months later in Harlem, you’ll see him in a different setting. That’s going to be a setting that’s surrounded with different characters and different light all unto itself.”

It’s also about redemption. He’s a renaissance man, he’s trying to better himself and there’s something to be said about someone who’s always trying to make themselves better, trying to change. That’s what life is about, to me, anyway. That’s what life seems to be about for Luke Cage. If you’re going to start in one place in life, you should end somewhere else. Life is about development and change and we should never be the same all the way throughout, or what’s the point in living? We should be trying to find some way to explore new things and learn every day. Even if we make mistakes, learn from mistakes and move forward, but it should never be about static. One position, we know everything, we’re never going to change. That’s just boring,” he added.

Colter also reveals there will be flashbacks in the show just like Daredevil and Jessica Jones. “There are flashbacks in “Jessica,” and there are flashbacks in “Daredevil” as well, so we should expect to see some flashbacks in “Luke Cage.” Every series has used their flashbacks in a different way to tell a different part of the story

Luke Cage will star Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali and Simone Missick but Netflix have yet to announce the exact 2016 release date.


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