It is hard to believe the Netflix and Marvel partnership has been ongoing for less than two years at this point with them already having multiple hits in their repertoire. Both seasons of Daredevil and the first season of Jessica Jones were well received by the majority of viewers, and at the end of the month, their third partnership will finally hit. After making his debut in Jessica Jones, Mike Colter is set to return as Luke Cage with his own solo series. Luke Cage will further explore a new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — i.e., Harlem — and looks to have a unique tone in the superhero genre.
Series showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker, has been focused on capturing the feel of its setting and has set his sights on the influence that music has on the city. This figures to be a big part of the series, establishing a unique and distinct feel from the series that have come before. In fact, even the titles of each episode themselves will have a musical influence.
Back at the end of July, Coker embarked on a quest to further promote the series by revealing episode titles on his Twitter page. The process has finally come to an end as of this past Friday, with all 13 episode titles being revealed at last. For each title, Coker decided to use titles of real songs, all of which are from the same artist, legendary hip-hop duo Gang Starr.
#LukeCage . One "Moment of Truth." Two: "Code of The Streets". Three: "Who's Gonna Take The Weight?— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) July 29, 2016
Four: "Step In The Arena."— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) July 31, 2016
FIVE: Just To Get A Rep.— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) August 4, 2016
SIX: Suckas Need Bodyguards.— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) August 8, 2016
SEVEN: Manifest— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) August 9, 2016
EIGHT ..... pic.twitter.com/Z6jHGy0OsX— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) August 12, 2016
NINE: DWYCK— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) August 17, 2016
TEN: Take it Personal— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) August 17, 2016
ELEVEN: Now You're Mine— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) August 23, 2016
And bringing up the rear, episode 12 will be titled ‘Soliloquy of Chaos,’ while the season finale is called ‘You Know My Steez’.
Even though episode titles are not the most revealing pieces of news, they should provide more context once viewers are able to see the episodes for themselves. One thing to keep in mind regarding these titles is if Marvel and Netflix were able to secure the rights to play each song within the episode that they are titled after. The opening credit sequences for both Daredevil and Jessica Jones have so far been more traditional scores, but infusing the opening credits with the appropriate Gang Starr songs for each episode would be a nice way to further differentiate the series.
With Luke Cage looking to use music to establish its tone, expect a distinctly different sound from the series throughout each episode, regardless of whether or not the Gang Starr songs are featured. Netflix recently released a special video showing the process of developing this sound, which shows Coker bringing other rappers and musicians into the fold to help create the best sound possible. Hopefully Marvel’s newest TV series will be able to utilize the music to further push the larger narrative and allow that sound to become a character in its own right.
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.
Source: Cheo Hodari Coker