How Luke Cage Could Change The Game For Black Heroes In The MCU


UPDATE: The 30-second trailer for the Luke Cage series found its way onto YouTube, for those of you who can’t wait till the end of Daredevil’s second season to watch. Looks like Marvel is leading with the bulletproof concept after all! Check it out below

Ever since Marvel Studios pulled the trigger on their Cinematic Universe with the first “Iron Man” movie back in 2008, fans have been clamoring for the addition of more African American figures from Marvel Comics to make appearances. Remember, when the MCU first started out, all we really had was James “War Machine” Rhodes, originally played by Terrence Howard but taken over by Don Cheadle, but fans have been demanding more since it’s moved through its first two Phases, and the studios are delivering in a big way. With the addition of The Falcon, alias Sam Wilson, to Captain America: The Winter Soldier from last year and eventual appearances from the Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Misty Knight on the horizon, the MCU is slowly building up the diversity of its roster.

Marvel is also taking this approach down a smaller avenue, where they struck a deal with Netflix to stream four separate 13-episode series that would culminate in a team-up series called The Defenders, including Iron Fist, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and of course Luke Cage. Marvel announced last week that Cage will be portrayed by actor Mike Colter, most famous for his roles in the Halo short film “Halo: Nightfall” and in the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians. Here’s a quick primer on Cage before he arrives on Netflix this year.  

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