‘Luke Cage’ SDCC 2016 – Alfre Woodard & Mahershala Ali Talk Villainous Dynamic

We are less than two months away from the arrival of the third Marvel series on Netflix as Luke Cage, starring Mike Colter, as everyone’s favorite Power Man begins his adventures in Harlem, New York, after getting introduced in Season 1 of Jessica Jones, the 2nd series in the franchise.

Last week, Heroic Hollywood participated in the Luke Cage Press Room at San Diego Comic-Con where cast and crew of the series attended to talk about what went into making this series, bringing Luke and his world to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We spoke with actors Alfre Woodard and Mahershala Ali, who are playing Mariah Dillard and Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes respectively, that are close cousins and two key players in the series.

Highlights from the roundtable interview:

-How they worked on their dynamic, preparing their characters and building that bond before starting filming the series.

-The physical presence that these characters bring to the show and to the overall storyline in Season 1.

-Mariah and Cornell’s powerful relationship and teasing the backstory of their characters.

-The importance of portraying Harlem and the stories that come from it in the show’s first season.

“After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive who attempts to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But soon he is pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.”

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 1 will be released exclusively on Netflix on Friday, September 30. Make sure to check out our previous videos with the cast of the series, including Mike Colter and show-runner Cheo Hodari Coker as well as Theo Rossi and Marvel TV President Jeph Loeb. Stay tuned for more roundtables with the cast and crew of Luke Cage.

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.