The Marvel Cinematic Universe was officially launched with Iron Man in 2008 and the shared universe of films and television series, both on ABC and Netflix, has evolved over the last eight years. Netflix, for its part, has been building up the Defenders universe, which currently includes two seasons of Daredevil and one season of Jessica Jones. After the premiere of Daredevil season 2 earlier this weekend, the next release slated from Marvel and Netflix is Luke Cage later this year.
The series will follow the titular Hero for Hire, who was first introduced in Jessica Jones season 1 as played by Mike Colter. Netflix released the first teaser and official show logo for Luke Cage along with the premiere of Daredevil season 2. Now, we know a bit more about what to expect from the directing style of the first two episodes of Luke Cage.
Director Paul McGuigan (Victor Frankenstein) confirmed on Twitter that he directed the pilot and second episode of Luke Cage. In addition to Victor Frankenstein, McGuigan has directed films like Lucky Number Slevin and Push, though he has turned more toward television in recent years, having directed four episodes of Sherlock as well as the pilots of Scandal, Devious Maids, and The Family.
Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland, Ray Donovan) is serving as showrunner on Luke Cage season 1. Joining the titular hero on screen are Mahershala Ali as Cornell Cottonmouth Stokes, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, and Theo Rossi as Shades.
So far, Marvel's Netflix series have become critical hits, especially the first seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, at least in part thanks to the stylistic approaches of its directors and showrunners. Daredevil season 1 was heavily influenced by showrunner Steven S. DeKnight and Drew Goddard, who wrote the pilot script. There has since been a notable shift in the show since Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez took over as showrunners for season 2, though Goddard stayed on as an executive producer. Additionally, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg brought Jessica Jones to life in its critically acclaimed first season.
In his work on both film and television, McGuigan has proven to be adept in providing stylistic visuals in either medium. Though Victor Frankenstein wasn't a critical or box office hit, it did indicate that perhaps McGuigan's directing style may be incredibly well suited to television. As a result, McGuigan may be a perfect fit for Luke Cage, bringing an exciting directing style to the first two episodes of Marvel's next Netflix series.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced.
Source: Paul McGuigan