We got a glimpse of the man known as Luke Cage in Marvel/Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” TV series. The character, played by Mike Colter, mostly kept his history — and the source of his unbreakable skin — a secret during the series. More about Luke Cage will be revealed, however, when his Netflix series arrives on the streaming service on September 30. And, as Colter discussed during a red carpet interview at the premiere of “Captain America: Civil War,” “Luke Cage” will star a hero that possesses a degree of moral ambiguity.
Colter calls “Cage” a “fugitive tale” about a wrongly-convicted man who stumbles into the life of a superhero. “The moral ambiguity of a lot of my characters, that’s who we are in real life,” said Colter. “Anybody who I meet who is always good? That worries me. That just worries me. I need somebody to give me both sides. You can’t be all good all the time.”
“It’s just common sense,” he continued. “I just feel that moral ambiguity is something that everyone has inside of them and you just have to embrace it. So all the characters I play, I don’t look at them as good or bad. They’re just complex people and sometimes they do things that suit them and sometimes they do things that suit others.”
Colter also spoke about the series’ setting, which will give it a different feel from “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones.” “It’s set in Harlem, modern-day Harlem which is so unique,” said Colter. “I don’t know if there’s a lot of people that have been to Harlem, who’ve actually stepped foot in New York City and gone uptown to 125th Street and seen what the Apollo Theater is like and the Cotton Club. We’re going to bring that world to them, and that is a unique character unto itself.”
You can check out Colter’s entire red carpet interview below.
Starring Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfe Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, and Frank Whaley, “Luke Cage” drops Sept. 30 on Netflix instant streaming.
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