Next month, Marvel and Netflix’s third project together, Luke Cage, will finally debut. Although we’ve already gotten the chance to see Mike Colter as Luke Cage during the first season of Jessica Jones, his standalone series is set to be one of the most important things Marvel has done. In the past, we’ve touched on just why this series is so vital, and a huge step for not only Marvel Television, but also Marvel, going forward. (You can read more about that by heading over here.) It’s a series that isn’t shying away from the reality we live in today, something Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb was very adamant about going into the project.
Speaking with the folks over at Comicbook.com, Loeb explained how going into this series, they knew that they needed to properly represent the world in which this character exists. As Loeb put it, there was no way they could go about making Luke Cage without touching on Black Lives Matter, because that’d be ignoring the reality of the situation. He also went on to explain that, along with tackling such an important topic, the show will still retain the usual Marvel flair we’ve come to know – especially with the Netflix shows. There will be plenty of action mixed in with bits of the real world.
“You can’t set out to do Luke Cage and not deal with the reality of what’s going on in this country, and what’s going on in general. It’s not what the show’s about, but if we can get our message out, which is, ‘This is all one planet, and we’re going to have figure it out’ — you just can’t put up walls and try to figure it out that way. We made a show which has great fun, great action, all the things that you want out of Luke Cage.”
“Marvel always works best when it lives in the real world, but then has the Marvel touch around it. There are people with superpowers, there is that little magic icing of humor, the people are aware of how unusual this is. It’s one of the things that’s very different about Marvel — if someone is suddenly bulletproof or able to lift up a car or tear off a car door, there are people there going, ‘How did that happen?” as opposed to, ‘Oh, I guess it’s just yet another person with superpowers.’ By making it real and grounded and feel like it is of our world, then if we happen to be able to get a message in along the way, great — but if you just want to watch the show and enjoy the show, enjoy the show.”
Luke Cage, which stars Mike Colter and is showrun by Cheo Hodari Coker, is set to debut exclusively on Netflix on September 30th.