What Sets ‘Luke Cage’ Apart From The Defenders

What makes Luke Cage different from his New York City pals Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist? Well, the man himself, Mike Colter, had the answers during an interview with Variety. When asked what Luke brings to the MCU and The Defenders that none of the rest of his team do, Colter spoke in depth about his character.

Luke comes with a certain amount of emotional depth. As a black man in today’s culture, what he represents and what he’s dealing with in his own life — being a fugitive on the run but being innocent, but at the same time not feeling sorry for himself — he’s always thinking about the community, and thinking about things in a larger sense in his life. He wants more than just this thing that he’s doing now — it was kind of thrust upon him. He’s very thoughtful about his actions. He has no agenda with his powers. He’s seen what helping out leads to; he doesn’t see the point. It never ends well. He doesn’t have a costume, he doesn’t have a mask, everybody knows who he is. So I think he brings a certain gravitas that says, “I don’t want to rush to judgment about anyone. I don’t want to do anything until we just talk about this, because everything has a consequence.” I see him as the consigliere of the group.

Colter also went on to talk about how the Luke we’ll see in his own series is different from the one we saw last year in Jessica Jones.

He had a suspicion that getting involved with Jessica was going to be bad news — it wasn’t going to end well. And I think against his better instinct he still wanted to get involved — he allowed himself to get sucked up emotionally and physically.… I think he’s learned his lesson. But then again, Luke is a hopeless romantic, and ultimately he functions better with someone. He always wants to have someone by his side, so that’s his Achilles heel — wanting to find that connection with someone.

It’s only a couple more days before we can see what Colter’s Cage will bring to the MCU when the show drops on Netflix this Friday September 30th. Until then, you can check out the latest trailer embedded below, or read Heroic Hollywood’s own review here.


When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.

Sam Easton

Sam Easton

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