This Friday, we will at long last be able to see all 13 episodes of Luke Cage, the third Netflix show in the Defenders series from Marvel Television. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and the rest of the cast and crew have been fairly transparent about production without giving away too many spoilers.
In a recent interview with IGN, Coker and the show’s star, Mike Colter maintained that standard while discussing the differences between the Luke Cage we saw in Jessica Jones, and the one we’re about to see.
IGN: For you, Mike, you got to introduce Luke as part of Jessica’s world. But now, having done that, was it cool to get the opportunity to use that establishing material in Jessica and now say, “Okay, let’s really get to know this guy?”
Colter: …You’re not always the same person around everyone you know. You go home, you hang out with your classmates from high school, at your high school reunion, and you might be a different person to them. And you might not necessarily behave the same way around your mom that you would with your wife or your boss or your fraternity brothers. This is a different world, sometimes, and people have to change here and there. So when I looked at Luke in Jessica’s world, what I appreciated about it…was that there’s a side of him where I think we saw him in a very vulnerable sense. He was looking for something, a connection, he was in a bit of a freefall in a sense. He was his own boss at a bar, trying to avoid contact, trying to lay low, but at the same time this girl comes into his life and there’s a spark. He sees her and these feelings come up, and he’s hoping, “Maybe this will be the one. Maybe this will be someone.” Because he lost his best friend, Reva, and he has no one. He’s just hanging around and he’s just one of those people who, you see him and he just doesn’t make contact, he doesn’t even bother speaking because he doesn’t want to get involved.
To me, this sounds a bit like they are skirting around the issue of the two Lukes being too different, but Coker was able to put it in different terms.
…what Jeph Loeb has set up is that every Marvel creator, whether it’s myself, whether it’s what Steven S. DeKnight and Drew Goddard started with Daredevil, and Marco [Ramirez] and Doug [Petrie] are doing with that character, in addition to Melissa, and [Iron Fist EP] Scott [Buck]; We all get to do our own thing. Each series is our own solo record. But when the Rolling Stones come together, and everyone else comes back… You know, Keith Richards’ solo records sound different. There are little elements of the Rolling Stones, but it’s different than when he does a Rolling Stones record. It’s the same kind of thing. Or if you want to do Genesis, and have it be Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins – comparing what they did solo. You really have the opportunity when it comes together to appreciate what it is because you’ve seen the other elements separately.
So it sounds like the character will be a bit different than we’ve seen before, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll be unrecognizable. Now, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when a third crew of writers gets their mitts on the character for The Defenders!
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