Nothing that’s been released by Marvel Studios has suggested a more focused, ambitions vision of a superhero’s world than Marvel’s Daredevil, which ended up being the most stylistically consistent and thrillingly paced and shot treatment of a Marvel character to date. Even with the more character-centric arcs of Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy have felt unmistakably compromises in comparison to the Netflix series, which bodes well for the slate of upcoming Netflix-Marvel collaborations, most prominently that of Luke Cage. And anticipation for the Luke Cage series got even more serious this week with the announcement of three major characters, including Rosario Dawson‘s return as Claire Temple, her recurring role in Marvel’s Daredevil.
Those familiar with the Luke Cage character, who will be played by Mike Colter, know that Temple is a major part of Cage’s storyline, and Dawson proved a welcome, involving presence in Daredevil, so there’s not reason to believe her involvement with Luke Cage will be any different. The casting of Cage villains Shades and Cottonmouth also bolster the already unbearable impatience for the series, with House of Cards regular Mahershala Ali playing the latter and Theo Rossi of Sons of Anarchy in the former role. Both actors have a reputation for being imposing in very silent, unsettling ways in morally complex characters, so they will likely prove to be crucial parts to setting up the stakes of the Luke Cage series. The fact that these announcements follow the casting of Alfre Woodard in yet another villainous role, that of Minetta, shows of the unique, diverse casting decisions that are going into Luke Cage and the upcoming A.K.A. Jessica Jones, but it began with the wise casting that helped anchor Marvel’s Daredevil.
Speaking of which, the wind-up to Daredevil Season 2 has been getting quite serious with the recent casting of Jon Bernthal as the Punisher, and the former Walking Dead mainstay teased Frank Castle’s heavy artillery collection via Twitter earlier this week. It may sound silly, but all the tidbits that have been flowing in about the Netflix-Marvel shows have made me far more excited than any of the recent talk of Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, or the next Spider-Man. 2016 can’t come soon enough!
Here’s the image Bernthal posted to Twitter: