With the release of ‘Daredevil‘ on Netflix next month, people are beginning to get excited at the prospect of the release of the Marvel Netflix shows, and the possibilities for the future. Included in that mix is the star of ‘Luke Cage,’ Mike Colter, who recently spoke up about the project while promoting his latest project, ‘Halo: Nightfall:’
“I’m excited about playing the character because I’ve read the comic books. They’re very detailed, gritty; the world they’ve written in the comic books is very clear. Marvel does a fantastic job about bringing human stories – because you’re telling big stories with a heart at the centre of it – and that’s what connects all of the characters to our audience members. Audience members have to feel connected with these characters, to make them relate to the character’s situations and that’s what you see with all of the Marvel characters.
What I’m most excited about is touching on what makes him tick. It feels good to get a character that has such a story, background, and history. And when I look at the scripts, I’m really pleased with it because it’s a slow-burn; there’s nothing happening really fast that gets ahead of itself. I’m really with where they’re taking it and how they’re developing the characters, because it’s really cool and it’s geared towards an adult audience, which is something that will be different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe you’ve seen before on the big screen. We have a more gritty, focused story on our heroes and characters that live in New York City, but it’s geared towards a more adult audience and I think that’s the thing about the series that will be different.”
Colter is confirming what a lot of people are saying about the Marvel Netflix series’ (which includes ‘Daredevil,’ ‘AKA Jessica Jones,’ ‘Iron Fist,’ ‘Luke Cage,’ and eventually, ‘The Defenders’), which is that the limited release of the shows on Netflix, as opposed to the big screen or network television, gives the show runners more creative freedom. They can be grittier, darker and more adult, which should result in a much more realistic and down-to-earth version of the New York of the Marvel universe than we’ve ever seen before. These heroes are focusing on street crime, and ordinary people, and it seems they won’t be as concerned about extra-terrestrial threats or mad-men/terrorists bent on world-domination. I think it’ll be refreshing to see this side of the MCU, and I am very much looking forward to seeing how these turn out.
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