More details are emerging about the Marvel/Netflix superhero series coming out after next month’s premiere of ‘Jessica Jones,’ which of course means I am talking about ‘Luke Cage.’ Star Mike Colter recently spoke with Comicbook.com while at the New York Comic Con, and aside from getting him to say the famous catchphrase of the character (“Sweet Christmas!”), he also spoke about the location of the series, when it takes place in relation to the other shows, and what we can expect from the character going into the series.
“I can tell you what they’ve allowed me to, which is basically, ‘Luke Cage‘ will take place a few months after ‘Jessica Jones.‘ So in real time, if you watch ‘Jessica Jones’, you’ll find [at the end] Luke Cage uptown in Harlem, working, trying to make ends meet. Luke Cage really hasn’t figured out what he’s doing. He’s tending bar, he’s bouncing around. And for good reason, he’s a fugitive, he has some skeletons in his closet…He’s trying to basically stay off the radar. The people he hangs around with, though, are in need. Ultimately, he’d rather be alone, but with the way he’s equipped he does step up. That’s what it’s about, it’s about finding that inner feeling to make you want to take action. Sometimes we just sit around, and sit on our hands and don’t do anything because it’s like ‘hey, that’s not my problem.’ You can’t do that when you’re a superhero. You have these gifts, now use them.”
His final words in regard the location are below:
“So I can say you’ll find him uptown in Harlem, and in a completely different world from Hell’s Kitchen.”
Which all sounds like good news to me, as three shows in a row set in Hell’s Kitchen sounded a little claustrophobic to me, and it is also good to know that his character will not just follow the same story we had seen in ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Jessica Jones.’ And I like that it takes place in Harlem, as the last time the MCU was in Harlem was for the epic brawl between the Hulk and the Abomination in ‘The Incredible Hulk’ movie, and I am very curious to see if that fight left any lasting scars in the area, physical or metaphorical.
What are your thoughts on Mike Coulter’s words on ‘Luke Cage?’ Are you excited for more Marvel/Netflix shows? Would you rather reserve judgement till you see how they handle ‘Jessica Jones?’ Share your thoughts in the comments below!