With Marvel's Jessica Jones hogging much of the limelight at NYCC, Mike Colter has been talking about how his character Luke Cage will fit into proceedings and how the events of this series will motive him to become a hero. While Cage might initially be determined to stay off the radar, he can’t suppress his heroic leanings for long.
"I can tell you what they’ve allowed me to, which is basically, Luke Cage will take place a few months after Jessica Jones," says Colter in an interview with ComicBook (opens in new tab). "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. So I can say you’ll find him uptown in Harlem, and in a completely different world from Hell’s Kitchen."
"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."
Not only will Cage be appearing in Jessica Jones, but Carrie-Anne Moss will also be playing Jeryn Hogarth (opens in new tab), Cage and Iron Fist’s Heroes For Hire manager in the comic-books. Looks like the universe is start to knit together very nicely indeed. Marvel's Jessica Jones will be available on Netflix from November 20 2015.