Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


Black superhero Luke Cage will hit the big screen

Black superhero Luke Cage will hit the big screen. The escaped convict with the bulletproof skin will follow Spider-Man to Columbia Pictures

Posted on

Luke Cage
Luke Cage: ©Marvel Comics

After Daredevil, X-Men, the Hulk, and next summer’s The Punisher, the next comic-book superhero to emerge from Marvel’s attic onto the big screen is likely to be Luke Cage. One of the best-known of all black superheroes (an admittedly small list), Luke Cage is following Marvel stablemate Spider-Man to Columbia Pictures, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Neal Moritz (”2 Fast 2 Furious”) is producing, and a script has already been commissioned from Ben Ramsey (”The Big Hit”).

Popular during the 1970s and ’80s, ”Luke Cage” told the story of a former gang member, wrongly imprisoned, who volunteered for a medical experiment that went awry, giving him super strength and bulletproof skin. Once he escaped, he became a hero for hire. Later in his career, he partnered with a martial-arts fighter named Iron Fist, who’s currently the subject of a movie being developed by Artisan Entertainment, which is also making ”The Punisher.” Marvel stopped publishing its Luke Cage series in the mid-’80s, though the hero enjoyed a brief revival in the early ’90s. He also provided a pop cultural legacy by reportedly inspiring comics fan Nicolas Coppola’s stage name.