“Luke Cage” Star Talks MCU Inclusion

With Netflix having released Marvel’s “Luke Cage” on its streaming service this past Friday, the show’s leading man Mike Colter has indicated that he’d love to be a part of the greater MCU but he’s not sure he or his fellow Defenders (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc.) would fit the overall tone of the film universe.

Fans have long debated the inclusion of one or more of The Defenders in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, but the friction between Marvel’s televison and film divisions has been considered a major stopping point. Another barrier though is tonal change – the Marvel Netflix shows are decidedly for adults, whereas the films are Disney-approved all audience affairs.

In a radio interview with Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM, Colter said that the latter difference is the one that has more of an impact:

“What we do is really unique… We’re adult kind of oriented. We’re not PG-13. We’re not really for the mass audiences, crowd pleasing, family oriented. We have sex scenes. We have, you know, adult situations, and while I think it’d be nice to be in the films, I don’t know if we want to dilute what we’re doing that makes us very unique.”

He went on to clarify that it’s up to Marvel in the end, and scheduling is a big consideration:

“That being said, you know Marvel, if they can make it work I’m sure it’d be nice, but it’s really scheduling. They schedule movies years in advance, we’re shooting TV series year round. It’s very tough to just kind of make things just work the way you want to because it’s just so much going on.”

“Luke Cage” is available now on Netflix worldwide.