“Luke Cage” star Mike Colter weighed in on what sets the show apart from its predecessors, when and where we might seem him don the character’s trademark yellow shirt, how the series leans into the current political climate and more during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
When asked what he’d describe as “Luke Cage’s” defining trailer, he replied, “‘Luke Cage’ is going to have soul, it’s going to have intensity, it’s going to have dark parts to it. I think what’s going to make it unique is also the musicality of it. There’s going to be a musical taste that you found a little bit in ‘Jessica.’ It defines itself through sound that you can feel when you’re watching the scenes, whether it’s something that’s actually a song that they’re playing or actually just the pulse of the music that they choose thematically. ‘Luke Cage’ is going to define itself in that way, and it’s going to define itself in the locations that we’re doing. It’s no secret that you’re going to find Luke Cage uptown after the [‘Jessica Jones’] series is over, so the things that happen to him and Jessica will affect him. And then when you find him months later in Harlem, you’ll see him in a different setting. That’s going to be a setting that’s surrounded with different characters and different light all unto itself.”
As to whether or not Cage’s signature yellow shirt will make an appearance, he teased, “‘Jessica’ is her series. Anything that’s primarily ‘Luke Cage’ we want to save for Luke Cage’s series. I’m not saying that you’re going to see the yellow shirt, but if you’re going to see it, it’ll be in Luke Cage’s series.”
What’s more, “Luke Cage” will employ flashback sequences, just like “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” did. “There are flashbacks in ‘Jessica,’ and there are flashbacks in ‘Daredevil’ as well, so we should expect to see some flashbacks in ‘Luke Cage,'” Colter explained. Every series has used their flashbacks in a different way to tell a different part of the story.”
Colter also addressed how the show will tackle the current political climate, saying, “I’m very aware of the current environment that we’re in, especially in America, what’s going on with the police and what’s going on with these incidents. I’m acutely aware of it. This is not necessarily the platform to hit it head on. That being said, I really feel like Luke Cage is a timely hero right now. I feel like what we’re doing subtly — with the storytelling and how he is as a character — that’s going to be different than what you saw in ‘Jessica.'”
“We start with stereotypes — we start to judge people based off of their appearance — and those things we think may or may not be true,” he continued. “In exploring this character, we’re going to get a chance to see something that’s very unique in the sense that everyone goes through this. How you look is going to tell people who you are, but it may not be true, but you have to live with that and you have to then try to figure out a way to go on with your life.”
“It’s also about redemption. He’s a renaissance man, he’s trying to better himself and there’s something to be said about someone who’s always trying to make themselves better, trying to change. That’s what life is about, to me, anyway. That’s what life seems to be about for Luke Cage. If you’re going to start in one place in life, you should end somewhere else. Life is about development and change and we should never be the same all the way throughout, or what’s the point in living? We should be trying to find some way to explore new things and learn every day. Even if we make mistakes, learn from mistakes and move forward, but it should never be about static. One position, we know everything, we’re never going to change. That’s just boring,” he added.
Executive produced by Cheo Hodari Coker and produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, “Luke Cage” stars Colter, Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali and Simone Missick and is scheduled to premiere on Netflix at an unspecified date in 2016.