Luke Cage is hitting Netflix this September, but fans oddly have little info on what exactly is going on. We have the basic logline of the strongman fighting crime on the streets in Harlem, New York, and we know of a cast of characters that’ll be dropping in. To (mercifully) shed more light on what the conflict is in the new series, actor Mike Colter spoke with EW for a live Facebook video.
The chat is split up into two parts due to a technical malfunction, but it’s the second video that has the meat and potatoes of what Marvelites have been craving. Colter said of the plot of Luke Cage:
There are politicians and then there are shady characters that function on the other side of the law. Who does what? I won’t say, but this becomes a situation where there are a lot of people who want to help Harlem and think they have Harlem’s best interests, but, ultimately, just because they think or say they have Harlem’s best interests, sometimes they’re being very selfish or being very short-sighted. So sometimes what they’re doing is actually harming the community.
So this is where Luke comes in because Luke is a person who likes to, he observes and he listens and he takes in to account what people tell him, and he’s a pretty smart guy himself and he understands that some peoples’ way may not be the best may not be the best in the big picture so ultimately Luke has to get involved because there are a lot of things that happen, a lot of people get hurt, a lot of lives are lost and unfortunately he’s the only one who is capable of actually helping deal with this because sometimes the law enforcement is actually not the best because they’re not aware or they’re not capable, or maybe they’re corrupt. So, without getting into too many details, Luke Cage is gonna have to step up and be the man.
Luke was a big part of Jessica Jones, so might Krysten Ritter’s superhuman P.I. pop back in? Colter wouldn’t say definitively yes or no, but it seems like that’s more than a possibility, given his hesitation to answer. After remarking “she’s just a train ride away,” he said, “I don’t know. I can’t tell you. I can’t.” Watch EW’s Facebook chat below for more information on the series:
Elsewhere, we know that Simone Missick (Ray Donovan) plays police detective Misty Knight, Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) plays the criminal Shades, Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction) plays Rafael Scarfe, Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) plays Cage’s archenemy Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, Rosario Dawson reprises her role of Claire Temple, and Sonia Braga (Angel Eyes) plays Claire’s mom, Soledad.
Luke Cage debuts all its episodes on September 30th on Netflix.