Mike Colter Had Some Serious Doubts About Playing Luke Cage
Marvel has done a phenomenal job with regards to casting the heroes in its Netflix universe. From Charlie Cox, to Krysten Ritter, and now Mike Colter; they're all uniformly excellent. But despite how well these actors fit into their characters, it turns out that Colter initially felt hesitant about taking on his role as the titular hero in Luke Cage. The actor explained:
Mike Colter opened up recently during an appearance on the Off Camera podcast (via MCU Exchange) and admitted his initial trepidations about taking on the role of Luke Cage. He had some major concerns about being pushed into taking the character in a direction that he didn't want to go, and he also apparently felt very against taking on a role that would primarily be physical. It was only after he was allowed autonomy to make the character his own that he felt genuinely comfortable taking on the part of Harlem's favorite hero. The rest, as they say, is history.
Looking back, these concerns almost seem completely unfounded. Mike Colter did a phenomenal job with the role of Luke Cage, and the character ended up becoming far deeper than a simple, powerful hero. As a series, Luke Cage broached very sensitive topics like race and systemic oppression, and Colter's personal performance grounded everything in a very human spirit. At this point it's almost impossible to imagine another actor taking on the role of the legendary hero.
It's a good thing that Mike Colter finally agreed to the role of Luke Cage, because the character is going to be around for quite some time. CinemaBlend will bring you more information concerning the future of the Defenders universe as more details become available to us. The Defenders will debut on Netflix next year.
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