It’s not every day a person gets to meet the actor behind one of their favorite superheroes. This photo was taken at Dragoncon this past September. I stood in line nervous about what I was gonna say when I met @realmikecolter.
When my turn came, he put me at ease by saying how I could be his double. In that short moment, I told him how awesome it was he played this role and how my students the previous school year was inspired by his portrayal of Luke Cage. All I got back was kindness. Like many I’m saddened by the cancellation of Luke Cage on Netflix. I’m hopeful that it will be revived on Disney’s streaming platform but for now seeing these two words together are heartbreaking. As a young blerd, Luke Cage was one of the only comic heroes that looked like me. In a world of Superman, Batman, Iron Man and Spider-Man, I would always imagine that Luke needed a young brown sidekick from Georgia to help clean the world up. For that one brief moment in September, I got to be Luke’s sidekick. Upon first reading those comics in the 90’s, I was inspired to become a writer myself.Though I teach now, I still have a journal or two with my superhero short stories. @realmikecolter
thanks for the amazing job you’ve done playing this character. For many of us, he’s more than a comic hero. Your portrayal of him is proof that people of color are more than just one off characters and bad guys. On the show Luke inspired Harlem, in real life, you’ve inspired a generation. #alwaysforward