You might know actor Mike Coulter from his recurring role as the deadly drug kingpin Lemond Bishop on CBS's best show, The Good Wife. Well, Coulter will soon be cracking the heads of guys like Bishop on Netflix's Luke Cage series, which is set to debut on Netflix in 2016 - but the character is getting a jump on things by getting introduced in Marvel's next 2015 Netflix series AKA Jessica Jones.
Luke Cage & Jessica Jones 4EVA
Coulter is hitting the press junket circuit for his role as Agent Locke in the Halo series and of course, you can't be involved in a Marvel property without expecting the questions to eventually end up on, "What can you tell us about this?!" And so Coulter has been able to share a thing or two about where this Netflix Marvel Madness, that recently kicked off with Daredevil, is headed with his iconic character of Luke Cage. Via Comic Book Movie:
"I don’t want to give too much away about how much he’s involved in the ‘A.K.A Jessica Jones’ show, but Jessica and Luke Cage have a history and a relationship. I don’t how much will be revealed in the actual series, but yes, I play an integral part. You might see any characters in the series from one series to the next, but they’re stand-alone shows. Each series has their own storyline. It’s not a spin-off. People like to use that word or they like to try and connect the two shows but every character that Marvel planned on developing to series – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Cage – are all separate and they hope to then reunite them in their Defenders miniseries. But that’s way down the road."
To say that Luke Cage and Jessica Jones have "a history and a relationship" is a bit of an understatement when it comes to the backstory for these characters in the pages of the Marvel comic books. After a tipsy one-night stand, the two characters eventually moved in together, got married and had a daughter. That is indeed some history.
In the historical Marvel documents, Luke Cage played a big role in helping Jessica Jones overcome the psychological torture that the Purple Man (played by Doctor Who's David Tenant in AKA Jessica Jones) inflicted upon her when she first started dipping her toe in the superhero water. We'll see if this is what transpires in the first season of AKA Jessica Jones. But according to reports - the show is indeed picking up after Jessica Jones has given up the life of a costumed crime fighter for the more mundane life of a private investigator, but is battling with some PTSD from those superhero days.
From Ray Donovan to Luke Cage
The Luke Cage series also made some recent news by announcing that they've picked up Cheo Hodari Coker as showrunner after his work on Ray Donovan and Southland. Both of those shows are pretty dark stuff and definitely indicates that all of the shows leading up to The Defenders will be staying on the serious side of the MCU.
Coulter shared that the Netflix series like [A.K.A. Jessica Jones](tag:1168773) and Luke Cage will continue to carve a separate path from that of the big screen superheroes.
"There will be action in [the Netflix shows] but these characters are trying to live normal lives, unlike some of the other characters in the Marvel cinematic universe. Those [Marvel movie characters] are first and foremost superheroes that are on a large platform. They've saved the world. But these characters are really trying to focus on their neighborhood and New York City. It's a smaller story we're trying to tell."
[Daredevil (Netflix)](tag:1168702) recently confirmed its pick up for a second season, so it will join Luke Cage in your Netflix queue in 2016. So far premier dates for Iron First and the inevitable culmination of all these series, The Defenders have yet to be revealed. In the meantime, continue to enjoy all these set photos of your favorite superhero couple, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, looking adorable while riding a motorcycle together.