This year’s Luke Cage, the third addition to Marvel’s Defenders universe, was widely acclaimed and very positively received. However, lead actor Mike Colter, who made his debut as the Power Man on Jessica Jones in 2015, initially had serious reservations about playing the character.
“I was so against it, I revisit the feeling I had, that first initial look at the character, trying to figure out the research and the character, who this is guy this, and I’m like, ‘I don’t want any part of this.’ I couldn’t think of anything that I didn’t want to do more. I didn’t want to do anything physical, a role where it relied on power and all the stuff like that. And also, I didn’t know how the character would be written, I didn’t know what this character was going to be like. It just seemed limiting. I just thought, ‘What could I do with this?’ I hadn’t seen any material yet. The idea of the character made me cringe.”
Colter’s doubts turned out to be unfounded as Luke Cage had a lot of depth to him, with even more waiting to be explored. Colter also revealed that once he agreed to play Luke Cage, he wanted to take the character in his own direction and not be held back by anyone.
“Everybody has an idea of how the character is going to be, and I’m like, this is how I’m going to do it and this is it, take it or leave it. I’m not saying that’s what I said, but I felt like if they were to try and push me in a certain way, that I would’ve walked away from it. There was only one way that I thought this character should be portrayed that I wasn’t going to compromise on.”
Luke Cage will return in next year’s The Defenders, along with Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones and Finn Jones as Iron Fist.