As excitement builds for Netflix’s Luke Cage, to be released later this month (finally), showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has been generously giving fans information about what to expect from the series.
Having previously referred to the show as “The Wu-Tang-ification of the MCU,” fans have known to expect an east coast hip-hop vibe from Marvel’s next hero. In a recent interview with Vulture, Coker revealed a handful of shows and movies that have also influenced the production.
I said ‘I want the show to be Belly meets City of God as written by the staff of The Wire.’
Coker cited Belly as having “bombastic” visuals that truly depicted the heightened culture of hip-hop, and City of God for being so interconnected within itself, but also for being so personal, all of which are qualities he hoped to capture in Luke Cage.
The Wire, to which Luke Cage has previously been compared, will influence the way in which Coker will “capture and aspect, and create a world.”
With such a specific vision, what can go wrong?
Luke Cage is set to debut in full on Netflix on September 30th, and stars Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Mahershala Ali (Cornell Stokes), Theo Rossi (Shades Alvarez), Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard), and Erik LaRay Harvey (Willis Stryker).