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Mike Colter is officially Netflix and Marvel’s Luke Cage

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With the Daredevil series recently wrapping up filming and Krysten Ritter ready to take on Jessica Jones, Netflix’s very own team of streaming Marvel characters is really starting to come together. The only thing left for it to do is Hire a few more Heroes and everything will be all set for its big Defenders crossover spectacular. It’s just like the Marvel movies, but everything’s on the Internet and everyone involved is slightly less famous!


Luckily, Marvel and Netflix have already found someone to play one of the Heroes For Hire. As reported by Variety, The Good Wife‘s Mike Colter will be playing Luke Cage, the superhero formerly known as Power Man. Colter will make his first appearance as Cage—hopefully sporting his awesome original costume, with its unbuttoned yellow shirt and metal headband/tiara—on an episode of Ritter’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which will presumably act as a setup for the pair’s eventual romantic relationship. Luke Cage will then get his own spinoff after that. Marvel’s Jeph Loeb says Colter is “the perfect actor” for Cage, and Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg says he “embodies the strength, edge, and depth of Luke Cage.”

For anyone unfamiliar with Cage, he’s a street-level crimefighter who is, basically, invincible. He likes to hang out with Iron Fist, and together they came up with the brilliant idea of charging people for doing the sort of things that the less-entrepreneurial superheroes do for free. Spider-Man and Daredevil have real jobs—even Superman, if we’re willing to cross company lines—but Cage is smart enough to recognize that if he’s going to be beating up criminals anyway, he might as well get paid for it. We don’t know when the Luke Cage series will premiere, but it will be after A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which itself will be after Daredevil, which will begin at some unknown point in 2015. It’s like a classic comic book mystery!

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