Why Luke Cage And The Defenders Don’t Really Fit In The MCU, According To Mike Colter

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Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been waiting patiently for their favorite characters from television to eventually join their favorite heroes on the big screen. However, now one of those TV actors says he not sure that will ever happen, nor should it. Mike Colter says that the world of the Defenders is a decidedly more adult place than the big screen MCU, and that if they were to make the leap it would require toning them down.

What we do is really unique... We're adult kind of oriented. We're not PG-13. We're not really for the mass audiences, crowd pleasing, family oriented. We have sex scenes. We have, you know, adult situations, and while I think it'd be nice to be in the films, I don't know if we want to dilute what we're doing that makes us very unique.

It's not uncommon for the members of Marvel's family on Netflix to talk about their desire to join the Avengers and the rest of the big screen team. We've heard both Daredevil's Charlie Cox and Jessica Jones' Kristen Ritter both talk about how they want to be part of a major team-up at some point down the line. Mike Colter from Luke Cage, however, in his interview with The Breakfast Club, is the first to say that something like that might not work quite as well as it might appear.

It's not a crazy notion. Certainly, he's right that the characters would have to appear in a way very different from their current iterations in order to match the tone of the existing MCU. Even if you eliminate the sex scenes, the fight scenes themselves would need to be significantly toned down. If Daredevil took down bad guys in an Avengers movie they same way he did on TV, it's likely that Spider-Man would not approve.

Fans of the various Netflix shows are fans of them as they are, so seeing their favorite characters on the big screen might be great, but it's likely that fans would be annoyed at seeing a PG-13 version of them instead of what they were used to. Going back and forth between the two tones would be odd and would likely be difficult to pull off well. If Luke Cage or Jessica Jones lost some of their edge in the transition it would be a great loss. There are plenty of PG-13 heroes out there, but the ones for a more adult audience are more limited.

Would you rather see the Defenders join the Avengers on the big screen or do you think it's best keeping each team separate and focused on what they're good at? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.