With the first of Netflix’s four Marvel TV series set to start filming in just a few months, we can expect a flood of super hero casting news literally any minute now. “Daredevil” might be first, but “Iron Fist,” “Jessica Jones,” and “Luke Cage” can’t be far behind — and one actor’s really making one of those casting decisions super easy. Terry Crews, one of the stars of the Golden Globe-winning sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” threw his hat into the ring in an interview with Collider.
“I’m game,” said Crews. “There are no rules. What’s up, Marvel? I’m right here, baby. I ain’t goin’ nowhere. You know where I live!” Marvel, as your friend, we have to advise you to take him up on his offer. Why? There are hundreds of reasons — and probably GIFs — that support Crews’ casting, but we’ve narrowed it down to five.
He looks like Luke Cage
There are few human beings that exist on Earth that possess a truly super human physique. Terry Crews is one of them. The guy’s as tall as Chris Hemsworth and built like the Hulk — and that’s without CGI. You can line this guy up with any other Cage candidate and none of them are going to look as intimidating as Crews. That’s a fact.
He’s as tough as Luke Cage
As both a hero for hire and former leader of the New Avengers — and now head of the Mighty Avengers — Luke Cage has proven that he’s not a good guy to take lightly. The guy’s as powerful as a wrecking ball, and he needs an actor that can get that point across. Crews can handle an action role like nobody’s business; after all, he’s held his own against action legends like Stallone, Willis, and Schwarzenegger in the “Expendables” film series. But after years spent in ensembles, it’s time for Crews to take the lead in his own action series.
He’s as funny as Luke Cage
Luke Cage needs an actor with range. As tough as he is, he’s still a character who likes wearing yellow and shouting “sweet Christmas!” With his wife Jessica Jones and daughter Danielle, Cage has also become the Marvel Universe’s premier family man. If any of those elements make their way into Netflix’s “Luke Cage,” they’ll need an actor that can make all of that work. On “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Crews dishes out a nuanced portrayal of a shell-shocked former tough guy that’s equal parts sweet, terrified, and intense. Before that, he played dads on both “Are We There Yet?” and “Everybody Hates Chris,” which brings us to the next point…
He’s as hard-working as Luke Cage.
Marvel, if you hire Terry Crews, you will have hired one of the hardest working men on television. Since his first lead role in 2005’s “Everybody Hates Chris,” Crews has had regular, leading roles on a show every single year since then on top of adding diverse guest spots on shows like “The Newsroom” and “Arrested Development” to his resume. On the TBS sitcom “Are We There Yet?,” Crews turned out one hundred episodes in two years. Marvel’s had a knack for casting hard working actors game for anything in the past — Samuel L. Jackson, Jaimie Alexander, and Tom Hiddleston come to mind. Add Terry Crews to that list.
He’s been in the running for a long time.
Crews has been the Luke Cage fan-cast king for a long time. Just type “Terry Crews” and “Luke Cage” into Google Image Search and be prepared to see a lot of fantastic side-by-side comparisons. In fact, Crews was so much in the running that he felt the need to squash all that Cage talk last year because he hated people pitting actors against each other in competition for a non-existent role.
“Actually I took myself out of the Luke Cage running a while back, just because it was people trying to put people against each other,” said Crews. “[It was] Idris vs. Michael Jai and I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, this is not even greenlit! Can we talk to Marvel? Why are you talking to me? Don’t put me against my homeboy for a movie that’s not existing.’ I said, ‘Take me out!'”
Now that the part has materialized, it should go to the guy that was willing to give it up to stifle online arguments. That’s the comic book equivalent of the Judgment of Solomon, right?
Stay tuned to CBR News for more on Marvel/Netflix’s “Luke Cage” series.