Is Luke Cage Team Cap or Team Iron Man? That Depends, Says Mike Colter

This summer saw many Marvel’s big-screen heroes side with either Steve Rogers or Tony Stark in “Captain America: Civil War." But where do their television counterparts stand?

Ahead of the release of Netflix's "Luke Cage," Mike Colter revealed which side his character would take. His answer was simple: whichever has the most cash.

“I went to the premiere where you wore red or blue, depending on who you were supporting,” the actor said Saturday during an Empire Live event. “I wore a blue suit and a red tie. I feel that Luke Cage is a hero-for-hire, though, so it’d be ‘who’s paying more?’"

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Although Marvel’s TV characters inhabit the same universe as their movie heroes, crossovers have been limited, and mostly a one-way street: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has dealt with the aftermath of every Marvel film in its first three seasons, and featured appearances by Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill and Jaimie Alexander's Lady Sif. The Netflix dramas, meanwhile, have only featured vague references to the Battle of New York from "The Avengers."

That hasn’t prevented fans from lobbying to see Luke Cage or Matt Murdoch appear alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes in "Avengers: Infinity War." But Colter stressed that, while he’d be “very happy to do it,” the two mediums offer chances to tell very different kinds of stories.

“We’re trying to tell a story that’s character-driven,” he said, “and not so much about the CG, the fight scenes and all the things that people go into cinemas to see. We’re trying to tell a smaller story. Logistically speaking, we have scheduling conflicts.”

Besides, Luke will have his own team to work with in next year’s “The Defenders," which will also feature Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. Colter didn’t reveal much about the upcoming crossover – he hasn’t even seen the script – but he’s hopeful that his bulletproof hero won’t leave Harlem behind.

“I’m hoping ‘The Defenders’ touch bases on all the different parts of the city we’ve explored in all the different series," he said. "I’m hoping it will shoot in Harlem. If there’s anything going on in Harlem, Luke’s gonna go and take care of it.”

Arriving Sept. 30 on Netflix “Luke Cage” also stars Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley, and Sônia Braga.

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