Luke Cage, the third series from the partnership of Netflix and Marvel Television is quickly filling its cast — led by Mike Colter as Luke “Power Man” Cage — with the addition of Mahershala Ali as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, one of Power Man’s first villains in the Marvel Comics series.
The live-action version of Cottonmouth is described as “a Harlem nightclub owner, [who] will become an unexpected foe in Luke’s life when Stokes’ criminal activities threaten Luke’s world.”
All 13 episodes of Marvel’s JESSICA JONES will debut on Netflix on Friday, Nov. 20, as Marvel’s second original series (after DAREDEVIL) in the studios’ co-production venture.
These photos are the first official images from the new series, and include Krysten Ritter (BREAKING BAD) as Jessica; Mike Colter (THE GOOD WIFE) as Luke Cage; David Tennant (DOCTOR WHO) as Killgrave, also known (in the comics) as the Purple Man; Rachael Taylor as Patricia “Trish” Walker, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Patsy Walker, a.k.a. the superheroine Hellcat in the comics; and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) as Harper, a new character created for this series.
Jessica & Trish
Harper & Jessica
In the best comic book news today, Marvel announced a revival of the iconic 1970s series Power Man and Iron Fist written by David Walker and drawn by Sanford Greene.
Known as the original “Heroes for Hire,” the teaming of Luke Cage and Danny Rand came about in 1977, because Marvel wanted to keep both heroes going monthly. Luke Cage’s run in his own solo series began with Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 in 1972 (the title changed to Power Man with issue #17). Iron Fist — whose solo series (Iron Fist) had come to an end — started appearing in Power Man and then was elevated to co-star status when what would have been Power Man #50 was renamed Power Man and Iron Fist. The series ran until #125.
I remember the book as a great buddy series, with Luke and Danny becoming the best of friends. Their supporting cast included Danny’s girlfriend Misty Knight and her roomie Colleen Wing.
Of course Luke is a big cheese in the Marvel universe now, what with being an Avenger and husband to Jessica Jones. Luke will even go live-action when he appears in the upcoming Netflix series JESSICA JONES, in which he will be played by Mike Colter. Word is Iron Fist will also appear, but has not been cast yet.
No official release date has been announced, but the title is expected to bow in early 2016.
Netflix has just announced that it is joining with Disney and its Marvel brand to produce and distribute four new 13-episode on-demand TV series based on Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones — and, on the horizon, a Defenders miniseries!
According to the announcement:
“The epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, 13-episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s The Defenders miniseries event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”
The whole plan will kick off beginning in 2015, and it is expected that entire series will be in the can before Netflix releases the first episodes.