‘Luke Cage’ was one of the four tragic cancelations by Netflix when they cut ties with Marvel and the show ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. We saw the hero take his place as a “crime boss” as a way to do good for Harlem. However, that also would have put Mike Colter’s character at odds with what he wanted to accomplish for the city which he calls home.
Colter feels that the season finale “was the start of something” and specifically that he knew that series creator Cheo Hodari Coker “envisioned another start, another journey, another direction for Luke Cage to go into so we can sort of explore.” As we’ve already learned that the plot and pre-production for a third season was underway when they had news of the show’s cancelation there are a few nuggets that Colter could drop hints on.
As to where Luke Cage was mentally when the second season came to a close, “He’s trying all this stuff where he’s doing the right thing and trying to make sure he abides by the law and [be] morally accountable.”
Colter boils it down to:
“That fact that you’re doing anything against these people who are not abiding by the rules, you’re going to always end up one step behind, and I think the frustration got to him. And I think we’re going to see what it would be like if he had crossed the line on more than one occasion, or did. He had to get things done as opposed to, like, worrying about the optics, how the neighborhood sees him, how people accept him.”
The idea of Cage being viewed as a “crime boss” was “an interesting place to take him because, again, having powers, but not being able to do what you want to do with them is kind of frustrating.” We’ve seen the hero time and time again not be able to help clean up the streets and how much that was getting to him both personally and legally.
“So I think [we were] gonna let him do some things that people would have been very upset about, but at the same time, I think some people would cheer for and hopefully — at the end of the day, by the time we got done — we could bring him back around to being the person that we still thought he was. You know, the person deep down, but sometimes good people do bad things, and the bad will do good things sometimes. That’s kind of what life is.”
Sadly, this is a character arc which we’ll be unlikely to see unless Netflix hands the rights to these characters over to Disney and the studio is willing to invest in bringing the actors back. Fans would likely love to see them brought both entirely in house and potentially under the creative control of Marvel Studios, but that is something that just doesn’t seem to be in the cards.
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Source: Comic Book