Marvel recently revealed that its third Netflix series, Luke Cage, will premiere in September. Although there’s been relatively little information revealed so far, fans have been excited for the series long before its release date was announced. And while the Netflix-Marvel Hype Train has been focused primarily on Daredevil season 2, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to discuss Cage’s upcoming show. In fact, while at the recent Daredevil season premiere event, Marvel Entertainment’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada took a moment to discuss not only Luke Cage, but also the upcoming Iron Fist.
Quesada was asked whether Iron Fist would have a lighter or more magical tone than Daredevil or Jessica Jones. Without revealing too much, the CCO explained the shows all take place in the same world, but they offer different perspectives (which one could assume will result in a different tone). He also used the question as an opportunity to shift the focus a bit more toward Luke Cage, since it’s Marvel’s next Netflix show after Daredevil‘s new season:
“It still takes place in the same world. I think the Danny Rand character himself will have a different perspective on the world than some of the characters that you’re seeing now — as will Luke Cage. I mean you guys haven’t seen that show yet, either.”
Speaking with Decider, Quesada also said Luke Cage wasn’t going to take place in Hell’s Kitchen, like Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Early reports suggested Cage would take on street gangs and drug dealers in Harlem, but it was unknown how much of the season would be comprised of that, and whether or not the character would return to Hell’s Kitchen at any point. Based on what Quesada said, it’s unlikely we’ll see much of Matt Murdock’s stomping grounds at all:
“Oh no, it will be a different side of Manhattan. We’re not just locking ourselves into Hell’s Kitchen — although a lot of stuff does go on in Hell’s Kitchen. Luke Cage’s world is still New York, but it’s a different neighborhood. Again, I don’t want to reveal too much more than that, but the show itself will have a different palate, a different feel, a tone. It will sound different. So stay tuned.”
Quesada also dropped a hint that the shows are starting to do more world-building for the Defenders team-up miniseries, which should reassure fans who were worried by rumors that Defenders had been canceled. It’s also possible the miniseries will be a bit bigger in scope than previously thought:
“All roads lead to Defenders here, so seeing this stuff come together…seeing The Punisher and Elektra appear [in Daredevil Season 2]…I’m really, really anxious to see Daredevil premiere and to see fans’ reactions to both Jon [Bernthal] and Elodie [Yung]’s portrayals of the characters.”
Of course, as Marvel’s CCO, it’s part of Quesada’s job to be excited about the new stuff the studio is working on. If Luke Cage and Iron Fist (and Daredevil season 2) are setting up Defenders, though, there might be a reason to be excited. Both Daredevil and Jessica Jones seemed like they were focused more on establishing the Netflix corner of the MCU than working up to the crossover, so it’s possible we’ll see much more connection in the stories moving forward as they build toward something big. It will also be interesting to see how Marvel fleshes out other parts of New York beyond what we’ve seen in Hell’s Kitchen and the MCU movies.
Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, followed by Luke Cage season 1 on September 30th, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced.