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Isaiah Mustafa Meets With Marvel Over Luke Cage

Isaiah Mustafa has made no secret of his fervent desire to play Luke Cage, the Harlem-based crime-fighter who, unlike most other Marvel superheroes, mostly fights regular old criminals instead of their costumed counterparts. He told

Luke Cage has a lot going on. He’s this man, he’s got all these powers and abilities and he can use them to save whatever major city, but instead of doing that he uses them to help Harlem. He wants to fix his neighborhood, and that’s what’s so admirable to me. Instead of leaving and going someplace bigger, he stays right where he needs to be and tries to do the best that they can.”

According to Mustafa, the ball is in Marvel Entertainment’s court at this point.

I’ve already had a meeting with Marvel. I talked to them and I told them that I was a gracious reader of their comics and that I wanted to be Luke Cage. So we’ll see where they take it… They have something in mind, I think, and I definitely want them to see that I’m extremely passionate about it.

Come on Marvel. Do it. Give us the first non-white character from one of the Big Two to solo in their own movie. Doooooo it.

For the full interview with Superhero Hype, including details on Mustafa’s former comic collecting habits, go here.

(via MTV Splash Page.)

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  • Hannibal Tabu

    Uh … Blade? Had three movies? Starring Wesley Snipes, notorious tax-evading Black man? Hello?

  • DarkTouch

    Everyone forgets Blade was a comic character for some reason, lumping him in witht he Vampire trend.

  • Skemono

    There was also Steel, starring Shaquille O’Neal… but it’s understandable you’d forget that one.

  • Amanda LaPergola

    He’ll have to fight Nicholas Cage for this role. Tooth and nail.

  • Anonymous

    What I wouldn’t give to be able to forget watching Steel.

  • Fordmodel26

    We had Michael Jai White as The Spawn also!

  • DarkTouch

    Spawn is cool and all, but he isn’t from one of the “Big Two”.

  • Anonymous

    OFFICIAL LUKE CAGE TRAILER with Eric Thomas Wilson: