Luke Cage is back in the headlines this year after his Netflix contract with Marvel ended and the Defenders Saga hero switched to Disney Plus. The update just revealed all the characters that will slowly join the MCU.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher are all now under the control of Marvel Studios and many think this means it’s time for the Defenders to return.
Charlie Cox has reprised his role as Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home, potentially opening the door for the former Netflix series to become canon in the MCU. Vincent D’Onofrio also returned as villain Daredevil Kingpin at Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye late last year and seems to confirm that he’s playing a version of the same character.
What About Luke Cage in the MCU?
Rumors have been growing around whether the other Defender characters could return now that they’re under the Marvel Studios umbrella.
Recently, Luke Cage actor Mike Colter and Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter were spotted together, sparking theories that the two are working together again as their Marvel characters.
While Colter says this is just a coincidence, the actor seems open to the idea of returning as Luke Cage.
Appearing on The Rich Eisen Show, Mike Colter was asked if the Luke Cage reboot would pay off, confirming that “there’s” a real possibility, but adding that he doesn’t have “something real to offer” at this point.
What is needed now is the right opportunity. Luke Cage, in particular, has an extensive history in Marvel Comics and has appeared in the Secret Invasion storyline and as part of Thunderbolt.
Both of these happen to the project Marvel Studios is currently developing, so while this isn’t a Luke Cage-specific reboot, there’s definitely somewhere else that could feature Colter as a hero again. May the best things happen in the future or in some surprising way to come soon.