This week saw the trailer release for 's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with fans immediately giving birth to rumors that 's hooded character could be non other than crime-fighting superhero Luke Cage. The show producers still haven't revealed Richards's character's identity, but Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell has moved to quash speculation that it will Cage, admitting in an interview to IGN:
It’s not the [character] people are talking about...Honestly, we were looking for this part, and we just said, 'Look, all our parts are open to all diversity.' So the fact that we have a black dude who is awesome and it's J was just because he was the best actor. It wasn’t like, 'You know who…!'
OK, so it seems that Richard's ethnicity has no bearing on the character that he'll play, but does that mean that it will still be someone familiar to the Marvel universe:
You know, not necessarily. I mean, we’re going to draw from it, but Marvel has its thing, and we’re also going to be expanding forward, and this world is different since The Avengers. So I think there will be people showing up, some from the Marvel Universe and some not. But to commit to anything more would be telling.
Intriguing. I'm still not convinced that the showrunners aren't throwing us a curveball here and that Luke Cage will still kick ass in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. But if Richards isn't playing Cage, who could it be? Rage? Blue Marvel? Use the comment section below to speculate away.