The Fall 2016 TV season is upon us and brings with it many an exciting new TV series, as well as brand-new seasons for everyone's favorite returning comic book-based TV programs. There's also a new kid on the block in the superhero department, in the form of Luke Cage: the latest addition to the Marvel/Netflix run of shows set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but based around the street-level heroes of New York in particular.
Mike Colter (The Good Wife) actually made his debut as Luke Cage on Jessica Jones season 1 back in November of 2015. However, the character's solo series moves the Blaxploitation-era inspired icon - a man armed with bullet-proof skin and super-strength thanks to some not-so-responsible scientific experimentation - into modern-day Harlem, as he attempts (and fails) to keep his head down after all the trouble with Miss Jones and Kilgrave (David Tennant) transpired a few months earlier in Hell's Kitchen. Facing off against Luke Cage is one Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali): the crime boss who, by the look of things, is to Harlem what Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) was to Hell's Kitchen in Daredevil season 1.
Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland) has been doing his part to build hype for the Marvel/Netflix series' premiere by posting updates and revealing tidbits of information through his Twitter account. He's now started to post a series of behind-the-scenes photos from the show as part of the day-by-day countdown to its debut, including the below pics of Coker with Colter, as well as Colter on the Luke Cage set, respectively:
As the number of superhero TV shows and/or comic book television adaptations continues to grow with each passing year, so too have these series begun to branch out further into different genres, as to better stand apart from the rest of the crowd. Whereas the MCU-based ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is moving its mostly fictional science-grounded world over into the realm of the supernatural and magic in its newest season, the Marvel/Netflix lineup continues to be presented as more "grounded" in real-world mechanics by comparison.
Similarly, although there are undoubtedly going to be parallels between Luke Cage season 1 and the debut seasons of the shows before it (see again, the Daredevil season 1 comparison), the former's different setting, its specific musical inspiration and related sociopolitical overtones have already set it apart as being something fresher from the MCU. So much has been evident in the Luke Cage trailer footage released to date too, along with behind-the-scenes glimpses from the show like that above.
On a related note: Luke Cage should also have something of a standalone feel, allowing it to further appeal to those who are only partly (if at all) onboard the Marvel bandwagon already. However, for those who are hardcore MCU fans, there will be direct connection to the other Marvel/Netflix series too - especially as the timeline of Luke Cage season 1 overlaps with that of Daredevil season 2.
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