When Luke Cage debuted on Netflix in 2016, it quickly became one of the most popular shows on the streaming platform and one of the most popular shows of Marvel’s series on Netflix. However, Luke Cage – along with other Marvel shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Punisher, and Iron Fist – were eventually canceled, something that star Mike Colter says he still hasn’t gotten over.
Speaking to Collider in a new interview regarding Paramount+’s psychological mystery series Evil, Colter was asked about his time on Luke Cage and said he was upset to have never gotten any type of closure for the role.
“To be honest, no, it didn’t give me a chance to have any closure,” Colter said. “There were so many places we could have taken it. There’s obviously the Alias series where Jessica and Luke had a child and had this adult life they were trying to live, and there’s this moment where they are working out their blue-collar, making ends meet life together, which is very interesting.”
Colter went on to say that there were many other journeys that Cage could have gone on and that this kind of thing is simply something that happens in the world of television sometimes.
“There’s the journey that Luke had in his own series with Harlem’s Paradise, where he’s taken over the club and is he gonna be a bad guy or a guy that is on the other side of the law, and who’s gonna stop him. That was another interesting thing to watch, with him maybe being a little gangster, and that would’ve been cool too. So, I don’t think there’s any closure to it, nor do I feel like we were able to get any of that closure by having the appearance in Jessica Jones, but it is what it is. It’s one of those things where we’ll just never know. There are a lot of shows that live in that space where it’s like, ‘Oh, man!’ It’s unfortunate, but that’s just one of the things that happens in television sometimes.”
Colter also touched on the fact that while it was a bit bittersweet to have that premature goodbye with Luke Cage, there are some positive aspects to it as well, including the fact that people will always have a special and fond memory of the show.
“The positive thing about something like that is you’ll always have a fond memory of something that didn’t stay too long. It’s like a relationship or anything else that never reached its peak or its descent. You don’t have any negative memories of it because it will live in this place of perfection, or some sense of promise, at all times in our life. It’s a fond, romanticized notion of what could have been.”