With two well-received Marvel series already in the bag, Netflix is just over a month away from launching their third series. Mike Colter was already introduced as an unbreakable hero in Jessica Jones, but we’ll soon see him hit the streets of Harlem in his solo series, Luke Cage.
Other than the confirmed involvement of classic comic villain Cottonmouth, not much has been revealed about the arc of this season. That said, Luke Cage is being billed as having a very different feel from his sister shows, similar to how Jessica Jones differed from Daredevil.
In an interview from San Diego Comic-Con which just surfaced today, CBR talked to the head of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb, about some of the differences that will define Luke Cage and help make the series another hit for the gritty street-level MCU ahead of both Iron Fist and the upcoming crossover event series The Defenders.
“There are some obvious differences in the sense that we’re talking about really the first African-American superhero that comes from the street and lives in that world. When we started there, we said, ‘What is that physically going to look like?’ We really looked hard into the practicality of shooting up in Harlem… places like the Apollo, places that are so rich in terms of culture, in terms of the ethnic quality, what [showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker] and I always refer to as the musicality of that area, is what set the tone.”
Loeb acknowledged the inherent political themes that arose from a series with such prominent racial dynamics, aspects unique to the character that will set the series apart from the rest of the MCU on Netflix, and will also provide viewers with a dramatically different experience than they had watching the character on Jessica Jones.
“You can’t set out to do ‘Luke Cage’ and not deal with the reality of what’s going on in this country, and what’s going on in general. It’s not what the show’s about, but if we can get our message out, which is, ‘This is all one planet, and we’re going to have figure it out’ — you just can’t put up walls and try to figure it out that way.
On ‘Jessica Jones,’ you were seeing Luke through Jessica’s POV… Now you’re going to get to see him with his friends, with his worlds, with what’s going on. Detective Misty Knight is in that show, and Simone Missick is just killing it.”
Finally, Loeb reassured that despite all this, Cage still belongs in the Marvel world.
“Marvel always works best when it lives in the real world… The people are aware of how unusual this is… if someone is suddenly bulletproof or able to lift up a car or tear off a car door, there are people there going, ‘How did that happen?’ as opposed to, ‘Oh, I guess it’s just yet another person with superpowers.’ By making it real and grounded and feel like it is of our world, then if we happen to be able to get a message in along the way, great — but if you just want to watch the show and enjoy the show, enjoy the show.”
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Marvel’s Netflix lineup as they hit.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. The Defenders and Iron Fist arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.