Mike Colter: Facts to Know about the Man Who Plays “Luke Cage”
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The Luke Cage cast has been revealed and Marvel fans are thrilled to watch the season premiere on Netflix. If you’ve been wondering things like, “Who is Luke Cage?”, “Who plays Luke Cage?” or “What are Luke Cage’s powers?”, wonder no more—everything you need to know about Mike Colter, the lead Luke Cage actor, will be revealed right here in our Luke Cage wiki!

Mike Colter Bio

Born August 26, 1976, Mike Randal Colter is best known for his acting roles in The Good Wife, Ringer, and now he will forever be known as the title character in Marvel’s, Luke Cage. The 40-year-old grew up in St. Matthews, South Carolina with his four older siblings to parents Eddie Lee Sr., and Freddie Marion Colter. If you’re wondering why he looks so familiar it’s because he’s the cousin of Viola Davis—star actress known for several award-nominated and winning roles, including ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Colter studied theater at the University of South Carolina and obtained an MFA degree in acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. It looks like a love for acting runs in his blood! According to IMDb, Colter was only eight when he knew acting would be his lifelong goal. He even started a drama club at school and became its president!

His highest profile role was in Million Dollar Baby, and he has guest starred in several shows including Law & Order: Trial by Jury, ER, The Parkers, and he also portrayed the role of Agent Jameson Locke in the Halo franchise.

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Luke Cage Wiki

Who is Luke Cage? It all started in 1972, when Archie Goodwin, John Romita Sr., and George Tuska created the character for their June comic, Hero for Hire #1. Luke, also known as Power Man, was imprisoned for a crime he was innocent of and gained super abilities such as superhuman strength, unbreakable skin, and rapid healing. Luke Cage’s wife, Jessica Jones, is one of his teammates, along with his close friend Iron Fist, Misty Knight and Colleen Wing. The gang teams up together to fight crime!

Writer, Michael Bendis added Luke to the New Avengers series in 2005, increasing his fame and credibility. In addition to the Avengers and Heroes for Hire, Luke Cage is also affiliated with the Fantastic Four, Defenders, Thunderbolts and the group, the “Marvel Knights.”

Netflix’s New Hero

The story is built around a bulletproof African-American superhero, which makes him relevant, incredible, and inspiring. The show sets off in Harlem, where the star character is working at a low-key barbershop. Despite the encouragement of the shop’s owner (who knows his secret), Luke resists the temptation to follow in the footsteps of the world’s more popular heroes. It’s only when a crooked businessman named Cottonmouth and his posse begin to cause problems, that Luke gets the inspiration he needs to take action. Dark and full of mystery, Luke Cage is definitely a show to check out, even if you’re not into the hero genre.

Be sure to watch Luke Cage on Netflix as it premieres tomorrow! Netflix is set to release the entire season at that time, so get ready to binge watch all the episodes!

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