Power Book III: Raising Kanan premiered on Starz in July and finished its first season on Sept. 26. Created by Sascha Penn and spun off from the 2014 Power show, it’s a prequel series chronicling the rise of New York City gangster Kanan Stark. Mekai Curtis leads the show as the namesake character, previously played by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. But the supporting characters are just as important.
One of them is Kanan’s uncle Marvin Thomas. Played by London Brown, he helps to raise Kanan and molds him into the man he eventually became. He’s also the family fixer, always down for whatever. But there have been times when he was unable to come through, like in the Power Book III: Raising Kanan Season 1 finale.
In an interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Brown shared his thoughts on the latest episode, his hopes for his character, and more.
Where ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ left Uncle Marvin
In the season 1 finale, Raq tapped Marvin to get Kanan out of town after the attempt on Detective Malcolm Howard (Omar Epps). He was close to picking up his nephew when he was stopped and arrested by police on drug charges. At the station, Marvin learned Toni had set him up, but he wasn’t worried, boasting he’d be fine.
With no one else to go to, Raquel Thomas (Patina Miller) asked Symphony Bosket (Toby Sandeman) to pick up her son. And he did, driving Kanan down to Maryland.
What’s coming up in ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ Season 2?
To Brown, all Marvin really wants is for his sister to respect him. He thinks the next season will “explore more of that and continue more of what happened in the first season.”
“Marvin has a lot of issues. There’s a lot of things that make Marvin who he is. It’s a lot of great things about him, but there are also a lot of personal demons that he’s trying to face,” he explained. “So in the second season, I think people are going to see the struggle of him having to deal with needing to rid the vestiges of his past.”
“That whole daughter thing is one of those things that I think you guys are gonna see him trying to rid himself of as he tries to mend his relationship with her,” Brown continued, referencing Marvin’s fight with his daughter Jukebox (Hailey Kilgore).
“But also, he’s trying to mend his relationship with his sister,” Brown added. “Because as far as we know, his sister just knows that he didn’t show up. He was trying to, but he didn’t. So Marvin gotta patch up a lot of relationships throughout the show that will come up as we move forward.”
London Brown’s hopes for Marvin
While we’re all glad to hear about Marvin working on himself and his violent tendencies, Brown hopes he won’t “lose his edge,” because of how fun it is to play him.
“I just want him to be respected still,” he shared. “But I do want some resolution for his situation with his daughter. I don’t know how that’s gonna be, but I would like for that to be resolved or at least for people to see him and know that he’s trying to fix it. It’s not like Marvin had that incident with his daughter and then he went to watch the game in the living room. He broke down. He was really hurt about that.”
“So if we can get some resolution to that and still let Marvin be a work in progress, I think that would be a fine middle ground,” Brown concluded.
Raising Kanan Season 2 is filming now in New York City. Starz has not shared a release date for it, but the show should return in 2022.
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