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Luke Cage

12/22/14 - Marvel has confirmed that Mike Colter will play Luke Cage for both its Jessica Jones series and his own show.  Colter will make his debut as Cage next year opposite Krysten Ritter in Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Colter will then spin off into a show of his own following the Jones program.  In the comics, Cage first appeared in 1972 in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1. Cage was meant to capitalize on the audience for the blaxploitation films that were popular at the time, and spent most of his time in a gritty, violent version of New York City. He gained superhuman strength, healing powers and durability as a result of an experiment gone wrong involving a variant on the Super-Soldier formula.  Source:


5/7/10 - The Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex blog hints that Marvel may develop Luke Cage for film.  An unnamed notable Hollywood star is in early talks with Marvel Studios about a Luke Cage movie.  Cage—a creation of writer Archie Goodwin and artist John Romita Sr.—first appeared in June 1972 in his own book, Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. Since then, he has played a supporting or major role in a number of important Marvel arcs, including the recent Civil War and Secret Invasion storylines.  Cage was written specifically to tap into the blaxploitation trend of the early '70s and was one of the first African-American superheroes to earn his own comic book. Born and raised in Harlem, he was paroled for a crime he did not commit in exchange for submitting to an experimental procedure that made his skin hard as steel and basically rendered him impervious to injury.


05/19/08 - Tyrese Gibson recently said that he is considering playing the title role in a film adaptation of Luke Cage, based on the Marvel Comics superhero, for helmer John Singleton.  Gibson said that the movie's still in development.  Cage was one of the first African-American superheroes, a wrongly convicted prisoner who acquires invulnterability and superstrength through an experiment.  Gibson said that he'd have to prepare to play the bulked-up hero. "I'll have to do a lot of bench-pressing, because Luke Cage is a lot to live up to," he said. "But, like I said, I'm not officially signed on yet, but they definitely have me in mind."


06/19/07 - Tyrese Gibson may star in a big-screen movie featuring the Marvel Comics hero Luke Cage. If everything goes according to plan, Gibson will play Cage, the first black comic-book superhero, in a film to be directed by John Singleton.

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