LUKE CAGE Star Mike Colter Says The Role Is "In The Rearview" And He's Happy For Someone Else To Take Over

LUKE CAGE Star Mike Colter Says The Role Is "In The Rearview" And He's Happy For Someone Else To Take Over LUKE CAGE Star Mike Colter Says The Role Is "In The Rearview" And He's Happy For Someone Else To Take Over

After playing Luke Cage in his own solo series, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders, you'd think Mike Colter would feel a sense of ownership over Power Man. Instead, he's happy to bid farewell to the hero.

By JoshWilding - Jan 10, 2023 05:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Luke Cage

Mike Colter played Marvel Television and Netflix's Luke Cage from 2015 to 2018 and, like the rest of those heroes, his time as the character reached an abrupt end amid a wave of cancellations. That was Netflix's way of responding to the launch of Disney+, but after a couple of years of waiting, Marvel Studios is now free to do what it likes with Power Man and company. 

We've seen the return of Charlie Cox as Daredevil and Vincent D'Onofrio as The Kingpin, but beyond that, it's hard to say how many characters will be recast or simply left on the shelf. 

Luke Cage has a tonne of potential, but as Colter was always something of a divisive choice, replacing the 46-year-old with a younger actor who is more in line with the comic book version of the Hero for Hire perhaps makes the most sense. As it happens, potentially bidding farewell to the role isn't something the actor will be losing any sleep over!

"It's one of those things where it's in the rearview mirror at this point," he says in the video below. "If somehow I get a call, my dance card is kind of full."

Adding that he enjoyed his time as Power Man, Colter went on to address the possibility of being replaced as Luke Cage in the MCU. "If I get a call, something happens, great. I had a good time...I'm happy, more than happy, to let someone else take on that mantle or that role. That character's living on for a long time."

"Fans are going to have that character in one way, shape, or form for the rest of their lives," he continued, "and I'm happy to have been a part of that for those guys."

Five years on, and we're guessing that Colter might have reached the end of his tether when it comes to being asked about his possible future as the Marvel Comics character. He doesn't seem to be anticipating getting a call from Marvel Studios, but if it is going to happen, then we'd guess it will be for 2024's Daredevil: Born Again

What are your hopes for Luke Cage in the MCU moving forward?

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bkmeijer1 - 1/10/2023, 5:20 AM
I'm guessing this means we won't be seeing him in the Daredevil show then.

And right now, I don't think we need a new Luke Cage anyway. Only Netflix character I wanna see show up in the MCU is Iron Fist, but that doesn't need to be Danny Rand.
Taonrey - 1/10/2023, 6:06 AM
@bkmeijer1 - I think Jessica the only other Netflix casting outside of DD & his supporting cast returning.
Radders - 1/10/2023, 5:22 AM
Why don't we have a Luke Cage MCU movie/series yet?

I enjoyed the first half of S1 but once Mahershala left it went down hill for me
bobevanz - 1/10/2023, 5:23 AM
Now if I could hear this from Danny Rand I'll be happy
HOTSHOT - 1/10/2023, 5:26 AM
Damn. I enjoyed Luke Cage and while it wasn't perfect, it was definitely a solid MCU show.

Wondering if they'll bring his character back recasted if at all. So far they've stuck to the versions that we got before so let's see.
UniqNo - 1/10/2023, 5:37 AM
I didn't mind his Luke and appreciate that show for what it did. They gave us a really good cottonmouth before that 180.

That being said i wouldn't mind a recast, and if him, then they definitley need to recast Rand and give us a proper Heroes for Hire!

Spike101 - 1/10/2023, 5:39 AM
Why do you think this ‘ Colter was always something of a divisive choice’ ???? I think he fitted the roll really well myself.
ScaryTerry - 1/10/2023, 1:05 PM
@Spike101 - Agreed. Not happy about this news, but I get it. Real people in the real world have to live and prioritize things in their very real life. Coulter is no exception.
Spike101 - 1/10/2023, 3:38 PM
@ScaryTerry - yes I guess so, to some of them it’s just a job at the end of the day.
GodHercules20 - 1/10/2023, 6:29 AM
TheWalkingCuban - 1/10/2023, 6:34 AM
Thought he did great
VictorAlonzo - 1/10/2023, 6:47 AM
I think Colter brought something special to the role. I think his best arc would've been the next arc. The temptation of corruption. Oh well...
MaximusTheMad - 1/10/2023, 6:49 AM
He brought a nice calmness to Luke's character. Many iterations portray him as a stereotypical "Angry Black Man".

Blastaar - 1/10/2023, 7:50 AM
He did ok, but I did't like that they made the character a "Mild Mannered Southern Boy"..I wanted Luke to have that "Harlem, Native New Yorker" swag, and he didn't.

"Harlem's Hero"?...More like "Charlotte North Carolina's Champion"...or something to that affect.
Blastaar - 1/10/2023, 7:50 AM
@Blastaar - He DID have the look though.
Vigor - 1/10/2023, 7:59 AM
@Blastaar - other than being bald, I didn't think he had the look.
Blastaar - 1/10/2023, 8:08 AM
@Vigor - Eh, you know some artists draw Cage with a baldy, other times he has hair. Most of the more recent renderings of him is with a baldy though.
drbong - 1/10/2023, 2:42 PM
@Blastaar - this he literally sounded southern and it annoyed me every time I watched the show…
He is on a another show I watch called evil and he also is supposed to be a native New Yorker like myself and his South Carolina accent just is on full display
Blastaar - 1/10/2023, 3:11 PM
@drbong - I just looked up where he is from, and he literally IS from South Carolina.....Columbia S.C.

Yeah, I'm from Jamaica, Queens. Yeah, that came across pretty wack.
I guess some people can't pull it off, the accent that is.

He literally WAS corny af just like Night Nurse(Rosario Dawson) said.
deamon - 1/10/2023, 8:10 AM
If black actor play white skin character in MCU, and it's not racist, then I want Asian to play Luke Cage.
Dotanuki - 1/10/2023, 8:22 AM
@deamon - wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which fills up faster.
DocSpock - 1/10/2023, 8:55 AM

He was the right choice for the role. The writers gave him a lot of bad material to work around though.

If the show had been put together better, he would have been GREAT in it.

slickrickdesigns - 1/10/2023, 9:14 AM
First off I liked his Luke Cage and both of his series were decent. Season 2 was better than 1. and id be ok with recasting to another actor. That being said…
"If somehow I get a call, my dance card is kind of full."

Now I call shenanigans on that. I’m sure if Marvel Studios came a callin he would definitely take it regardless of the crap he’s already committed to. Id say he’s just prepared to be rejected which is ok.

FilmGuy7878 - 1/10/2023, 9:38 AM
Personally, I'd want Mehcad Brooks as Luke. Jax was honestly one of the more compelling characters in the MK movie reboot and he can bring that same complexity to Cage.

If we were recasting Iron Fist as well, Max Huang would be my choice. The snarky but charming attitude he brought to Kung Lao could really benefit Danny. He could also play a pretty good Nightcrawler now that I think about it ('causes he's also German IRL).
RitoRevolto - 1/10/2023, 10:20 AM
Thank GOD!
Stad - 1/10/2023, 1:12 PM
Any ideas on who would be a good replacement for him?
knomad - 1/10/2023, 2:49 PM
That's sad. I thought Colter was Perfect as Luke Cage.
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