Mike Colter Leaves Luke Cage Behind in ‘Evil’

Marvel fans were hoping Luke Cage would return for a third sesaon. Unfortunately, Netflix cancelled all their Marvel shows, but fan will get to see Mike Colter again. Colter stars on CBS’s new supernatural drama Evil, right after his Luke Cage costar Simone Missick’s new series All Rise. He plays a priest-in-training who teams up with a psychologist (Katja Herbers) and a carpenter (Michael Emerson) to investigate miracles, possessions, hauntings and other unexplained phenomena for the church.

Mike Colter
Mike Colter | Francis Specker/CBS

Colter spoke with the Television Critics Association about leaving Luke Cage behind and finding a new role that is completely different for him. Evil premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on CBS and you can see Colter and the Evil team investigate evil every Monday night this season on CBS.

Goodbye Luke Cage, hello David Dacosta

Luke Cage was a huge opportunity for Mike Colter, and an important character in the black community and comic book community. Nothing lasts forever though, and Colter is happy to find new work so soon.

Mike Colter in Evil
Mike Colter in Evil | Jeff Neumann /CBS

“It’s nice to be gainfully employed doing something that I really love, a change of character completely,” Colter said. “That was my main priority coming off of Luke Cage. What can I do that would be completely different, that would challenge me in a different way, different persona? Not in the physical, more so the intellectual, different in so many ways so I’m really excited about it.”

Nobody expects Mike Colter to be a priest

Mike Colter loved the element of surprise that playing a priest-in-training gave him on Evil. He fit the character of Luke Cage, and even the love interest in movies like Girls Trip, but David Dacosta is a total surprise

Mike Colter in Evil
Mike Colter in Evil | Elizabeth Fisher/CBS

“Especially a guy like me,” Colter said. “Somebody referred to he doesn’t seem like a priest in training and I love that. When I walk in a room, if you give 10 guesses, they’re never going to come up with that one.”

Colter played a nonbeliever in the faith-based film Breakthrough. He’s excited for all the possibilities David Dacosta gives him every week on Evil.

“This guy has has a weird background. He’s done a lot of stuff before he became this priest-in-training. Most people who come into the church come into it for a reason. A lot of times they’re running from something. They need it for structure. They need it for discipline. The need it for something to fill a hole. This guy has a backstory that we have yet to explore that we’ll find more about. I love it because it’s a huge commitment and anybody who’s a priest-in-training, you have to question yourself. You go, ‘Wait a minute, that is such a huge commitment. You’re giving up so much. Why are you doing that?’”

Mike Colter to the Television Critics Association, 8/1/19

‘Evil’ gives Mike Colter more tools than the physical

Luke Cage had super strength and invulnerability. Even without those, Mike Colter is a pretty imposing guy. Evil lets him flex his verbal and intellectual muscles more.

Michael Emerson and Mike Colter in Evil
Michael Emerson and Mike Colter in Evil | Jeff Neumann /CBS

“When you come off a physical role like Luke Cage and other roles, you think to yourself, for me, I wanted to be able to have a character that doesn’t walk into a room knowing that he’s in charge or that he has a presence that people have to cower to. He’s a person who’s investigating, a person who’s trying to ascertain information, a person who’s trying to debate. That’s a completely different muscle that I’m using and I really like that about the character.”

Mike Colter to the Television Critics Association, 8/1/19

He still has a physical presence though, so he can say a lot without words.

Mike Colter and Katja Herbers on Evil
Mike Colter and Katja Herbers on Evil | Jeff Neumann /CBS

“I think some people are endowed with a presence. Not to get heady, but I remember when I was at school studying, it was Chekhov. Chekhov was a technique of acting that starts from the inside out. I think people like Eastwood and Marilyn Monroe studied that for a while. Not to go in that direction, but there is something that people do, there is a physicality of things that you can do without speaking that will inform people than anything you say. This character is going to do a lot more talking later because that’s who he is. He’s a bit of a debater so I’m looking forward to those kind of scenes.”

Mike Colter to the Television Critics Association, 8/1/19