As September continues to draw to a close, we inch nearer and nearer to the world premiere of Luke Cage, an important step forward for the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe as the series will be the first Marvel property with a predominantly black cast. With Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Coker on a media blitz leading up to the show’s premiere, much of the focus has been on the effect music has on the show.
In an interview with science fiction website SciFiNow, Coker calls Luke Cage a show that is about “a man who moves to a new section of town, which has deteriorated over time.” He goes on to say, “Instead of a saloon, we have a club named Harlem’s Paradise. And inside this ‘saloon’ there is another strong man who is controlling vice and – to some extent – has an amount of control in law enforcement [this would be Mahershala Ali’s crime lord Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes], so he gets away with everything.”
When asked about how Luke Cage compares to the other MCU Netflix properties, Coker had this to say:
“Luke Cage has a different feel to Jessica Jones and Daredevil,” explains the self-confessed comic-book fan. “Let’s talk about the elephant in the room right now; it’s a black show. However, at the same time, it’s a different genre to the other shows to some extent, because Daredevil is a crime drama with superhero elements, and Jessica Jones is a psychological thriller, even though it has some classic ‘Sam Spade’ noir moments.”
Actor Mike Colter, who portrays the show’s title character, echoed Coker’s view on the show. Interestingly enough, though, Colter also pointed out that there is a fair amount of misdirection from the trailers. As Colter explains, their main goal is to surprise fans as they dive into the series.
“Like Cheo said, it’s a hip-hop western,” Colter concludes. “But there’s also a lot of misdirection from the trailer. Don’t think that because the trailer comes out, everybody is going to know what the show is all about. There’s very, very good marketing in play here! Ultimately, we want you to show up and then we will surprise you. We’ll hook you in.”
Luke Cage premieres exclusively on Netflix on Friday, September 30th.