Originally Posted by Artistsean
Fitting Luke Cage's (simple) comic origin into the Marvel movie universe by having the experiment that creates him be part of some already introduced tech/experiments (easiest to me , the Super Soldier Serum the Governments and terrorists continue to experiment with). Cage's past as a former gang member turned cop, who is then set up and sent to prison (possibly death row) and the prison is run by AIM or even Hydra to experiment on the inmates with their own super soldier serum would be the easiest way to go while having it fit perfectly into the Marvel movie universe and without over complicating things with lots of extras or over explaining that the original Hulk movie had.
And the question of why they would use criminals, because their are too afraid to use their own soldiers and kill them off but who would miss criminals? And what if they became as strong as Captain America? First, criminals are a scared and cowardly lot, easily corrupted. They could pay them off, get them to join. Or kill them, Cap wasn't made bullet proof. Him becoming bullet proof like the Hulk wouldn't be expected. the Hulk was an animally.
I'd also introduce Luke Cage and Iron Fist: Heroes for Hire as a 15 min short that Marvel said they planned to do before each Marvel film. No real intros or origins, just show a short story about them and demonstrating their powers. Could even recast them/alter their costumes when they actually have movies.
the 15 Min short would allow Marvel to toy around with what characters they want to introduce.
Maybe Deathlock would test well, maybe Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel would be a audience favorite. It would help fast track some into their own films/franchises.
Cage's "simple" origin works for simple people.
Cage as a former cop could work if you want to spend 45 minutes setting up his whole story. That origin will be difficult to make interesting enough to keep people watching.
The law cares about prisoners (people). The prisoner's families might care about the person, I mean prisoner. The only groups who have ever experimented on prisoners were trying to test the limits of the human body before they died, they were not trying to make the people better.
Calling all criminals "scared and cowardly" is a generalization that you should stay away from. In your origin Cage is a cop, he does not fit your generalization and would not accept a bribe. You are also ignoring his motivations as a person. He was framed and therefore not subject to your beliefs about criminals.
The experimentation on criminals idea only works if you have an organization who owns the prison but has some motivations to create a super-powered group of henchmen. This organization needs to hand pick a crew from their prison population. If you were to put together a group to do evil deeds, would you pick a former cop?
Cage could have been a former gang member who had spent time in prison. Upon his release, he tries to go good but was in the "wrong place, wrong time" and was picked up for a crime he did not commit. He is wrongfully convicted based on his previous record as a gang member.
Cage goes to jail and rejoins his gang members who are currently serving sentences. Cage and his "wrecking crew" used to be badass and is recruited for a project by the prison owners. The experimentations (they are not really experiments when you know the outcome but whatever) give them super-powers and they stage a break out of prison to go do what AIM or whoever wants them to do.
Stuff happens and Cage breaks from the group turning away from crime and pitting him against the antagonist group Wrecking Crew. Cage will join with Iron Fist somewhere after splitting with the Crew. Wrecking Crew can be a recurring antagonist for the group while they also fight other villains as Heroes for Hire. Cage is not considered a "good" guy, he just isn't bad.
The possibility of an outcome like Hulk is exactly why you look for volunteers. Don't act like you wouldn't have volunteers. Suicide bombers are volunteers and I'm pretty sure they are aware the chances of walking away from their bombing is zero.