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Do You Like the Smell of Adventure?

By TK Burton | Industry | July 7, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | July 7, 2010 |

Look at your man. Now back to me. Now back at your man. Now back to me.

The recent announcement that Marvel Entertainment is planning on adapting several of its second and third tier characters is an interesting one. Notably, the idea of making short films to be shown in front of their major releases, a la Pixar Studios, is a particularly intriguing one. The list of possibilities was first introduced by Adam a couple of weeks ago, including Doctor Strange, Luke Cage, and The Black Panther.

This isn’t really news about any of those things, per se. Instead, it’s about an interesting possibility that, while unlikely, is still fun to think about. While no casting has even begun for any of these, Isaiah Mustafa has already tried to stake his claim on Luke Cage, aka Power Man — the urban hero with super strength and near-invincible skin. Yes, the fellow mostly known as “The Old Spice Guy Who Isn’t Bruce Campbell” wants in on Luke Cage.

In a recent interview on G4’s “Attack of the Show,” Mustafa admitted to being a fellow video game and comic book nerd, and said that his dream part would be to play Luke Cage for Marvel. Mustafa isn’t just a commercial actor — he’s had bit parts in a few movies, and is also set to feature in Tyler Perry’s upcoming adaptation of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, the play by Ntozake Shange (incidentally, distaste for Tyler Perry aside, it’s an absolutely amazing play).

Of course, everyone loves the Old Spice Guy Who Isn’t Bruce Campbell (as well as the one that Is Bruce Campbell, but that’s not the point), so I’d love to see him get the shot. He’s got the build (he’s a former football player), and if he can act, why the hell not. Of course, Marvel probably wants at least a more well-known quantity for the part, but then again — pretty much everyone has seen the commercials by now, and he’s been interviewed in numerous morning talk shows and radio programs. And when you factor in that they’ll want to produce Cage on a tight budget… Will it happen? Probably not. Is it a fun idea? Fuck yes.

For your consideration:

And the newer one:

Gets me every time, I swear.

TK Burton is an Editorial Consultant. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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