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The Pitch: Who Should Play Luke Cage

Marvel’s hero for hire himself, the legendary Luke Cage.

With Marvel Comics expanding its presence on the silver screen at a dramatic rate, it’s only a matter of time before every one of their major heroes gets a feature of his or her own. This week, though, we want to take a look at one of the most beloved African-American superheroes of all time, Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man. Originally, Cage was a hero for hire, renting his skills and abilities out to people in need. This didn’t last long, though, and soon he found himself becoming a full-fledged protector of the innocent, and eventually even a member of The Avengers. Cage is a rich character that could bring a lot to the Marvel movie universe, especially because he is such a heavyweight in the comics these days. While he might not see his own feature any time soon (there aren’t even rumors at this point), he could always make an appearance with his longtime friend and co-hero-for-hire, Iron Fist (a.k.a. Danny Rand). For right now, we want to take a look at five actors who would be absolutely brilliant in the role of Cage.

As always, be sure to let us know who you think should play the hero in the comments below.

Let’s just have him play every Marvel character. No, seriously.

5. Idris Elba- Elba is making another appearance in one of our pitches, but that’s just because he’s such an incredible actor. So, why is he at No. 5? Well, because he’s already appeared in two Marvel movies as different characters. In Thor (and soon Thor 2), he plays the Asgardian Heimdall, and in Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance he plays the wine-loving Moreau. While he’s certainly qualified to play Cage, give the guy a break already. Fans got pissy enough when Ryan Reynolds played Green Lantern and was tapped to be Deadpool, and those heroes are from two different universes. While I love Elba and think he’s a great choice, it might be time to give another actor a role in a Marvel movie.

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