Mike Colter Confirms Iron Fist Has Been Cast, Talks Luke Cage Season 1

Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 2:58PM
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 2:58PM
Mike Colter Confirms Iron Fist Has Been Cast, Talks Luke Cage Season 1
We know almost nothing about the Iron Fist series, other than the showrunner--Dexter's Scott Buck--and the rumor that casting for the lead character was underway. Now, we have confirmation from Mike Colter that Danny Rand has been cast, although we might not get to meet him for a while.

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"The actor has been cast, but he's in a basement somewhere," Colter said at TCA (via Collider). "When the time is right, they'll let him up and tell him where he is. I am [excited]... Whether I'm in [his show], I don't know, but there's The Defenders."
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We know that all of the Defenders--Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist--will unite for the Defenders Netflix miniseries, but it's unclear how much they will appear in each other's shows. Luke Cage featured prominently in Jessica Jones, as they have a long-running love story in the comics, and we can only expect that he will also play a large role in Iron Fist, since they were Heroes for Hire together. Time will tell, but I would be very surprised if Luke didn't show up in the Iron Fist series at all. 

Considering what a large role Luke played in Jessica Jones' series, I would also be very surprised if Jessica didn't show up for an episode or two of Luke Cage, but Colter remained mum on when the characters would see each other again. He's very careful not to say that they meet again in Luke Cage, but whether that's for mystery's sake or because we're not going to see them again until Jessica Jones season 2 remains to be seen.

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"What I loved about where they left the character is that it was like Jessica's good-bye. Luke wasn't even conscious for her good-bye, and when he awoke, it was like, 'What's happened?' So, when we left off, I think Luke was completely exhausted, emotionally. He didn't expect to have this happen to him. And I think where he goes will be directly related to where he came from, in the story of Jessica Jones. But it's a long arc and a long storyline, and I think it leaves us in a great place to see how we interact again, whether that be for The Defenders, Jessica Jones Season 2, or whatever. We'll see. I don't know."
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He does concede, of course, that their relationship will conform to the comics, in which they get married and have a child. But it might take a good long while for them to get there, especially considering what happened to Luke's wife:

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"I don't think either one of them are trying to settle down and make everything nice and neat. It was just a random, chance meeting and the chemistry was there. It happened and it was undeniable. Sometimes you meet someone at an inopportune moment and it doesn't work out, but then you see them again five years later and you're in different places and it's a better time. So, I think there's a bit of that. You're not sure what's going to happen, but based on the comic books, we do know what happens. Let's just see how they get there."
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He also discussed where Luke Cage will be in relation to his arc on Jessica Jones. They're "almost done shooting" the first season, and Colter reveals that there's not too much of a time lapse between the end of Jessica Jones and the beginning of Luke Cage, so there are reverberating consequences from those events. But, that being said, the show is not tonally a sequel to Jessica Jones:

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"Luke Cage is completely different. He goes off Uptown and does his own thing. The time lapse is not that long, so it's not like Jessica Jones never happened. You will see some of that.

"Jessica Jones is very unique, and we are all in awe of the response from the public... We pride ourselves on all being unique shows, and Luke Cage is definitely not a sequel to Jessica Jones or a spin-off. You couldn't tell Jessica Jones' story without telling Luke Cage's story.
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Luke Cage is scheduled to come out later this year, while season 2 of Jessica Jones has been confirmed, but no word on a specific release date. Iron Fist and The Defenders will follow, release dates also pending.
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