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Luke Cage lead Mike Colter doesn’t seem to be too keen on the prospect of a Heroes for Hire spin-off for him and Finn Jones. Making their big splash in the comics in the late ’70s, Luke Cage aka. Power Man and Iron First teamed up in a three-part storyline where they offer their superhero services to people who are in need of assistance regarding personal security and private investigating. Stemming from Luke’s own narrative, the two debuted their own company named Heroes for Hire Inc. based in New York with additional assistance from Colleen Wing and Misty Knight. After a series of successful missions, they eventually went global as they dabbled in international issues like hunting notorious syndicates and high profile criminals, but stayed away from extralegal activities.
At this point, the Marvel/Netflix franchise already have the important pieces to launch a Heroes for Hire off-shoot. With second seasons of Luke Cage and Iron Fist on the docket, a team-up show for the two appears to be the natural progression, especially with a sophomore outing of The Defenders still in limbo. However, Colter doesn’t sound too enthusiastic about it.
Despite his great working relationship with Jones, it sounds like Colter is leaning more towards solo outings than team-up adventures. Not that he doesn’t want to share the spotlight with other leads, the actor explains that his views about it are purely because of the narrative limitations crossovers have that individual shows usually don’t. “Me and Finn get along rather well, we’re pretty cool. I think our characters play well off each other. It’s always nice to see your favourites play together but the stakes to the game are not as high as when they play for their own individual teams,” he told Empire’s Pilot TV (via ComicBook).
The actor may not be too excited about the prospect but, Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker admits that the idea for the project is something that is being discussed within Marvel TV. It’s also something fans presumed would happen after Luke and Danny were paired up early on in The Defenders. If anything, it was a testing pad to launch the aforementioned team-up show. The fact that Iron Fist is also making an appearance in Luke Cage season 2 is a sign executives are still convinced a spin-off featuring the fictional tag team can still work on the small screen. Coker said:
“It’s something that’s in the air. Internally at Marvel Television, everybody knows there’s a part of that combination that is inevitable, particularly when you watch them together in the way that we did it. If feels right. It feels good. It feels like, ‘I want to see more of this combination. Heroes for Hire is really not off the table.'”
Colter’s comment is a major turn around from his previous sentiments regarding the possibility of a Heroes for Hire series. Last year, before The Defenders came out, he and Jones were also asked for their thoughts on the prospect – and they were pretty positive, especially with the interesting dynamic that they have going on in the immediate aftermath of their meet-up. Admittedly, their banter in the four-way crossover was fun and entertaining. It’s just unfortunate that Iron Fist, and everything associated with the show, continues to be marred by the bad reception of its debut season.