Before Netflix gave us a stellar Luke Cage series (that was canceled after two seasons), Quentin Tarantino actually had plans to make a movie about the character and this was before Cage gained mainstream appeal by joining the New Avengers. This would have been a fairly interesting parody of the blaxploitation genre that dominated the ‘70s, along with kung-fu films, both of which ironically gave birth to Luke Cage, then known as Power Man, and his partner Iron Fist.
During an interview with comedian Amy Schumer, Tarantino revealed one of the reasons why his Luke Cage movie didn't push through and it was because of the actor his friends wanted. While Tarantino wanted future Ant-Man and The Wasp actor Lawrence Fishburne, his friends suggested Wesley Snipes since he was a bigger star with a better physique.
"All my friends were like, ‘No, no, no, man, it's got to be Wesley Snipes. And I go, ‘Well look, I like Wesley Snipes, but I mean, Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I mean, I think 'Fish' is the man.'"
To make things more interesting, Tarantino said his plans for the movie came between Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction so he liked Luke Cage before you did. That means he's more hardcore than you. Anyway, it looks like we'll never get a Marvel movie from Tarantino these days since he has said a number of things about Disney in the past. It's a shame too since a Luke Cage or Power Man movie with blaxpoitation critiques could have been fun.
Luke Cage can still be viewed on Netflix, with rumors circulating that Disney+ could revive it along with the other Defenders shows. Marshala Ali, who appeared in the series, will soon be Blade in an upcoming MCU reboot of the original movies.