“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” introduced Netflix’s next star, Luke Cage (Mike Colter). The man with unbreakable skin was Jessica’s (Kristen Ritter) love interest, but he’ll soon star in his own show. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” will explore Luke’s origins, but it won’t take place in Hell’s Kitchen.
“Afterwards, you’ll see he moves up to Harlem, uptown, and it's going to change the dynamic completely,” Colter told TV Guide.
[SPOILER ALERT: There are a couple “Jessica Jones” Season 1 storylines spoiled below.]
Marvel and Netflix have thus far stayed in Hell’s Kitchen for both “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones.” Luke was already seen in the latter series working in Hell’s Kitchen. However, Kilgrave (David Tennant) had Luke’s bar blown up. Rather than rebuild, Luke might want to move on and find a new job in a new neighborhood.
“He’s looking right now, trying to figure out how to make ends meet,” Colter added. “And we know the long story is that he becomes a hero for hire, but what's the journey and how does that come about? So that process is what we're going to discover as we start the 'Luke Cage' series.”
However, he’ll still take some people from Hell’s Kitchen with him as he becomes the hero known as Power Man. He met Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), the nurse who was introduced in “Daredevil,” when he was injured and needed someone to guard his superhuman identity. He was unconscious for most of their scenes together, but he’ll spend more time with her and her family in his own show.
Marvel revealed that Sonia Braga will play Claire’s mother, Soledad Temple, in “Luke Cage.” It sounds like her daughter has inherited some of her personality traits. “A character as strong as Claire needs an equally powerful mother, and with Sonia we found the perfect actress to deliver the stellar performance we needed,” executive producer Jeph Loeb said. “In ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage,’ fans will now get a chance to see where Claire got the fire we love her for.”
While Claire will definitely be in Harlem with Luke, it unclear if Jessica will follow. The two still seemed pretty close at the end of “Jessica Jones” Season 1, but no announcements regarding her appearance have been made. Even without Krysten Ritter, the show has quite a cast. Simone Missick, Theo Rossi and Frank Whaley are all confirmed to star in the drama.
“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1 will be on Netflix, but a release date has not been announced.