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Official confirmation that J. August Richards is not Luke Cage in S.H.I.E.L.D.

May 16th, 2013 by Edwin Torres Jr 2 Comments

So after yesterday’s debut of the first full trailer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. there was immediate speculation that the mysterious hooded super human character played by J. August Ricards might be Marvel’s Luke Cage. ( I of course said Rage) But in a new interview with Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell, IGN found out that the character in question is someone else altogether, although his identity is still unknown:

“It’s not the [character] people are talking about.(Cage) Honestly, we were looking for this part, and we just said, ‘Look, all our parts are open to all diversity.’ So the fact that we have a black dude who is awesome and it’s J was just because he was the best actor. It wasn’t like, ‘You know who…!’”

When asked if the character comes from the books:

You know, not necessarily. I mean, we’re going to draw from it, but Marvel has its thing, and we’re also going to be expanding forward, and this world is different since The Avengers. So I think there will be people showing up, some from the Marvel Universe and some not. But to commit to anything more would be telling.

So the hunt continues with the knowledge that his race never came into play. Just the fact that he said race didn’t matter seems to me it is an established character already in comics. Another thing, did you notice that Alien tech on his arm? Is that the source of his powers? It certainly has a Chitauri look to it…

Let us know if you have any ideas?

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