I have been waiting to hear confirmation as to what the cast and plot of the up coming Luke Cage series will be. If you can’t tell, I loved the Netflix Daredevil series. I personally think that it is the best superhero series that I have ever seen. I know that statement will cause other fanboys to go up in frenzy to quote other shows that are better, but it is my personal opinion. However, with the announcement that there will be several other series that are also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that these series will also be Netflix series and these series will more than likely have some crossovers with each other (or at the very least references with the other street level Avengers/Defenders) I have to admit that my geekyness went through the roof.
The Jessica Jones (aka Jewel in the comics) series, is set to air on November 20, 2015 and the role of her future husband, Luke Cage was already announced to be played by Mike Colter. Until recently though, we were unaware as to what the plot and who was going to be playing in his supporting cast.
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.
Mahershala Ali will be playing Cottonmouth. Granted, there are two people that have been Cottonmouth in Marvel Comics and I doubt that he will have this purple snake costume as he does in the comic. But I can hope right?
Simone Missick will play Misty Knight. Misty is a police detective that is looking into Luke’s mysterious past and I hope she has her comic book hair style, so bad! I love her look in the comics. She is incredibly cool and I think that Simone will definitely do her character justice!
Theo Rossi will play Shades. Who I admit, I do not know very much about his character from the comics. His description from Marvel is that he is a “a ruthless criminal with ties to Cage’s mysterious past.” So that could be anything. He could be a past associate that is trying to bring Luke back to the dark side.
Frank Whaley has been cast as Rafael Scarfe. Mavel described him as: “a hard-nosed NYPD detective who partners with Misty Knight in their Luke Cage investigation.”
Alfre Woodard will play Luke’s cousin- Mariah Dillard. Woodard has done a considerable amount of movies in the past. I know this is bad reference, but I remember her best from Star Trek First Contact.
And yes, Rosario Dawson will be returning to her role that she played in Daredevil and in Jessica Jones as the Night Nurse, Claire Temple. The Night Nurse originally only had very minor connections to the Marvel Comic Book Universe. But the Daredevil Netflix series has established that Claire’s character is one of these Nurses or a combination of the three characters that appeared in the comic series. Regardless, I am so happy that they’re including her character and I’m even happier that Rosario will be returning to the role and will be in all of these series.
Luke Cage is set to premiere on Netflix in 2016. I am so excited about this series. I can’t wait to see the team up with all the characters, including Punisher, Daredevil, Jewel and hopefully Iron Fist. I definitely can’t wait to see Luke and Iron Fist’s bromantic partnership flare up. Yep, I said it. Everyone who read their comics know that they had a very unique bond. What do you think of the cast?