“It’s in the Rearview Mirror” (Exclusive)

Marvel’s Luke Cage star Mike Colter, currently promoting his new movie Flat (of 300 star Gerard Butler), would like to play Luke Cage again if the opportunity arises, but he is not waiting. Originally introduced in a series of the same name on Netflix, Colter’s Cage was to appear in it Marvel’s Defenders, a team of the various street-level vigilantes who appear in Netflix’s shared Marvel Universe. Tenuous ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe were seemingly severed when Kevin Feige took over Marvel Television and all series came to an end – but some stars are now returning.

Charlie Cox, who reprized his role as lawyer Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk: lawyerwill again fit in as Daredevil Daredevil: the man without fearan upcoming series on Disney+ that will also star Vincent D’Onofrio Daredevil (Netflix) role as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime. But will Colter stay in shape, in case he gets a call from the Defenders Hotline?

“I’m just trying to stay in reasonable shape, but I’m not thinking of Luke Cage opportunities,” Colter told ComicBook.com’s Chris Killian. “It’s one of those things where it’s in the rearview mirror right now. If I somehow get a call, my dance card is kind of full. But when I get a call, something happens, great. I had a good time. I’m happy, more than happy, to have someone else take on that mantle or that role. That character lives on for a long time. Fans will love that character in some way, shape or form for the rest lives, and I’m happy to be a part of that for those guys.”

Most Marvel-Netflix shows were warmly received by fans, with enthusiastic audiences Daredevil, Luke Kooi, Jessica Jonesand The punisher. Only Iron fist drew jeers, but between Marvel’s internal politics and the mediocre reception of Marvel’s The Defendersmany fans weren’t surprised when Feige decided to pull the plug on adult-oriented Marvel shows.

After performing in HawkeyeKingpin will be featured on both Daredevil: the man without fear and Echo. Overall, it looks like the characters are being toned down a bit to fit the PG-13 aesthetic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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