Last week at this time, we were mere hours away from the Luke Cage panel at SDCC, where we hoped the first real trailer for the series would get released. Thankfully, that came to fruition and the result of the trailer was nothing but excitement for Netflix’s third Marvel property. This follows in the footsteps of both seasons of Daredevil and the first season of Jessica Jones as it provides us with a more mature story and a story focused primarily on a single character.
When it does debut in two months, it will have the benefit of not being responsible to be the introduction to Mike Colter as Luke. Instead, he made his debut last year in Jessica Jones. Their relationship was a highlight of the show and begged the question on whether or not Jessica would make an appearance in Harlem later this year. So far we have not heard anything for certain on if that will be the case, and if Jeph Loeb gets his way, we won’t until we are actually watching the series. After their panel at the TCA’s today, Loeb told EW that this is a better approach for not only us, but also the series.
I don’t want to address that yet. I’d like people to experience the show.
What I can tell you is that the way that you saw Luke and Jessica is very much from Jessica’s point of view, and it needed to be that way; it’s Jessica’s story. So, you don’t get to see where he goes when he’s not with her. He exists within her world. What’s so exciting for us about this is we now get 13 hours of seeing what his world is and where it goes. There are a couple of things that I think after people watch this show, they’ll go back and watch Jessica Jones and go, ‘Oh, that’s what he was talking about,’ or ‘That’s why he was behaving that particular way.’ That’s the thing that’s really so cool.
With a potential reunion still a mystery, we know it will happen in the not too distant future, with both stars set to appear in The Defenders. When the time does come, does the old but short flame start up once again? The pair have a storied relationship in the comics and eventually have a kid together. Is this something that could ever happen within this universe? Maybe, but not for a while.
Anything is possible. The truth is, if that happens, it’s a long time from now, because we have a lot of stories to tell. At the end of the day, that’s really up to Netflix in terms of how many more stories are we going to get to tell? I like to think each season is very much its own graphic novel, so we’re not necessarily beholden to any particular timeline, but what we are trying to do is to tell a story that if you really want to play that game, you can figure out this happened and that happened next.
Since Loeb would not reveal whether Krysten Ritter will be back as Jessica for Luke Cage, the question then becomes if any other characters from the Netflix side of the MCU could appear. We know that Rosario Dawson will return as Claire Temple, but rumors have pointed to several other potential cameos being involved as well. From Madame Gao, Turk Barrett, the yet to debut Iron Fist, and even Kilgrave, all have at one point or another been rumored to appear. While some of these may turn out to be true, they do not want the shows to filled with Easter eggs.
We have seen some characters that have appeared and crossed over, most notably is Rosario Dawson, who continues the character of Claire Temple. We’re already doing it. As things go by, as the story dictates it, we’ve always been big fans of providing Easter eggs for our fans, but we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. Yes, you get to see our characters interact with each other.
Given how well their relationship played in Jessica Jones and the eventual team up coming in The Defenders, I can see both sides. Bringing her in gives them a chance to crossover and patch up their relationship, but keeping them separated makes a reunion in Defenders that much more interesting. Either way, I’m excited for more of Claire Temple and am looking forward to seeing who else might appear as well. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Luke Cage will debut exclusively on Netflix at 12:01 a.m. PST on September 30th.