×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ Star Mike Colter on Why Netflix Show Is ‘Inclusively Black’

“When I think about Luke Cage, the last thing I think about is a superhero. It’s more like, By the way, it’s a superhero story,” said Mike Colter on the red carpet of the “Marvel’s Luke Cage” premiere at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 theater in New York. “The guy has special abilities, but he also goes through the same things we go through.”

Colter’s character Luke Cage, known for being bulletproof, was first seen in Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” and he’s now front and center in the latest Marvel series.

The “Marvel’s Luke Cage” cast includes Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Frankie Faison and Rosario Dawson.

Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker says the show brings a lot to the table. “It’s a very entertaining, hip hop-laced comic book story, but underneath is a very deep political undercurrent,” he said.

Colter hopes the audience will connect to the show on a human level.

“People want to describe it as a black show, but I would say it’s inclusively black,” Colter told Variety, “in a sense that yes the characters are black and yes you’re watching a show shot in Harlem, but these inclusively black characters have the same problems you have, and go through the same sort of issues that everyone goes through.”

For Coker, Harlem as the main backdrop was a no-brainer.

“Harlem for me is Atlanta, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. in one place. You have very significant churches that have had national ramifications. At the same time you have politics. On top of all that you have entertainment because you have 70 years of music that came out of here, and if you scratch that, gangsterism happens,” he said. “So when you put a bulletproof black man in the middle of all that, no matter where you point the camera, there’s going to be an interesting story.

The 13-episode series will be released Sept. 30 on Netflix.

More Scene

  • Robert De Niro

    Robert De Niro Slams Trump Administration at Tribeca Opening Night

    The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival opened with Roger Ross Williams’ documentary “The Apollo” at the iconic uptown venue which performers and Harlem community members call “home.” “You can feel the history, the echo of the entertainers,” Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro said in a speech before the film. “In this administration, during [...]

  • Lilli Cooper Tootsie

    How the 'Tootsie' Musical Was Updated for the #MeToo Era

    Turning the beloved 1982 comedy “Tootsie” into a 21st century musical already seemed like a challenge when work on the adaptation began back in 2016. Then the #MeToo movement revved up — and the writers knew they couldn’t tell Dorothy’s story for a modern audience without it. “It’s different than it was when the movie [...]

  • Ralph Fiennes attends a special screening

    Ralph Fiennes on Directing Rudolf Nureyev Biopic: 'It's Been a Very, Very Long Road'

    Ralph Fiennes celebrated his latest directorial outing, “The White Crow,” on Monday night in New York City. The Sony Pictures Classics film tells the story of legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev. “It’s been a very, very long road. We were mad. We were mad to take on this subject of Rudolf Nureyev. Mad. Completely mad,” Fiennes [...]

  • Taylor Swift Time 100 Performance

    Watch Taylor Swift's Time 100 Gala Performance and Speech

    Just two nights out from Taylor Swift D-day spring 2019 — i.e., Thursday’s release of a new single — Swift made an appearance Tuesday at the Time 100 event in New York, where she did not let loose with any spoiler performances of new music but did sing a few fan favorites, including “Style,” “Delicate,” and [...]

  • Katie HolmesAT&T Presents: Untold Stories Luncheon

    Katie Holmes, Kal Penn Help Decide Winner of $1 Million Filmmaker Grant

    Tribeca Film Festival and AT&T gave one young filmmaker a million and one reasons to rejoice at the “Untold Stories” third annual competition. After a nerve-wracking 10-minute long pitch in front of over 850,000 live stream audience members and a panel consisting of celebrities and industry leaders, filmmaker Kate Tsang was awarded $1 million Monday [...]

  • Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow'Hillary and Clinton'

    Why John Lithgow Worried About Starring in Broadway's 'Hillary and Clinton'

    When Lucas Hnath first conceived of “Hillary and Clinton” in 2008, he was writing for and about a very different America. Now, a total reimagining of the show has made its way to Broadway with Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in the titular roles. At the opening on Thursday night, the cast and creatives talked [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content