Marvel and Netflix have had a great partnership so far. Netflix has allowed Marvel to bring more mature content into the MCU, while Netflix is able to dip into the comic book world that has exploded in recent years. At the end of September, the two companies will release their latest collaboration in Luke Cage, which looks to be another unique entry point into the Hell’s Kitchen corner. The series will take place primarily in Harlem as Luke (Mike Colter) stands up for his city against the threats that Cottonmouth (Mahershala Ali) and Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) bring to town.
The series has plenty of excitement around it following Colter’s role in Jessica Jones that made him a fan-favorite, but people are also excited for the first superhero show led by a black man. There is potential for the show to have commentary on some real world issues that are happening in America, but showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has been focused on maintaining the realism that Harlem has. One of the big aspects to capturing that feel will be the music, and the formation of the sound for the series is now taking the spotlight.
Netflix has released a new video showcasing the impact that music will have in the Luke Cage TV series. In the above video, Coker is joined by his music supervisors Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad to talk about how they chose the music that would be featured so heavily in the series. Musical guests such as Method Man, A$ap Ferg, and others were on hand to consult on the sound of the show, and all parties involved seem incredibly pleased with what has transpired.
Neither Daredevil or Jessica Jones had this distinct of a sound heading into the series. It sounds like music will have an almost constant presence in each episode, with each also being named after a Gang Starr song. Coker has voiced plenty of times how important he feels the music was to accurately showing what Harlem is like today, and from the glimpses that have been released, it looks like he has achieved his goal.
The soundtrack to Luke Cage could be something that becomes so connected to the series that hearing one of the songs featured will instantly make people want to watch the show again. Guardians of the Galaxy was able to do this exceptionally well, with Awesome Mix Vol. 1 shooting up the charts. If Luke Cage can achieve something similar, Netflix could be looking at another big hit from their Marvel properties. This video is part 1 of an ongoing series to showcase the music behind the show, so stay tuned for further installments.
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.