Mike Colter Doubts Luke Cage Will Appear in Marvel Movies

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October 4th, 2016

Since Marvel’s first television series, Agents of SHIELD, debuted on ABC, there are plenty of fans who had wondered just when characters on the television shows will be able to appear in the movies. Movie characters have made stops on the series, but not the other way around - yet. Mike Colter, who plays the titular character in the new Netflix series Luke Cage, doesn’t think Luke will be a character crossing over any time soon.

Colter did a radio interview on the day of the Luke Cage premiere, and he pointed out that the Netflix shows in particular, though they might show a part of the same Marvel world, ae the more adult end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He exlained, “What we do is really unique… We’re adult kind of oriented. We’re not PG-13. We’re not really for the mass audiences, crowd pleasing, family oriented. We have sex scenes. We have, you know, adult situations, and while I think it’d be nice to be in the films, I don’t know if we want to dilute what we’re doing that makes us very unique.”

Content-wise, the Netflix shows like Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil are certainly more mature than the rest of the MCU. They feature more violence, and not theatrical or superhero violence, but the kind you’re going to see in organized crime and gang activity instead of the kind on a comic book splash page with caped heroes flying into the fray.

He also added his own take on scheduling conflicts in the MCU, “...you know Marvel, if they can make it work I’m sure it’d be nice, but it’s really scheduling. They schedule movies years in advance, we’re shooting TV series year round. It’s very tough to just kind of make things just work the way you want to because it’s just so much going on.”

That same argument about scheduling has been made in the past by directors and producers in the MCU, but considering that story arcs are planned out far in advance for both the movies and the shows, there are always ways to work around scheduling conflicts.

Of course, if a Marvel TV actor like Colter was discussing the possibility of appearing in a movie, they probably wouldn’t be able to talk about it either. Colter recently stopped by Conan O’Brien’s talk show to discuss the series and revealed how high tech Marvel’s security can really be. Check it out:



You can catch Luke Cage on Netflix now. The entire first season is now available for streaming. If you’ve already watched, we’ve got all the Easter eggs from the show you could want.

Agents of SHIELD also airs on Tuesdays at 10PM on ABC.

Coming up next in the MCU is Doctor Strange, landing in theaters on November 4.