Coming up next in the standalone Defenders series is Luke Cage. And while we met Luke (Mike Colter) and his unbreakable skin in Jessica Jones, Marvel executives have said that the show will have a feel completely different than it’s Marvel predecessors on Netflix, much like was the case with Jessica Jones and Daredevil – two shows that exist within the same universe but have vastly different tones.
While at the Captain America: Civil War premiere last night, Entertainment Weekly talked to Cheo Hodari Coker, showrunner for the upcoming Luke Cage series and Coker hinted at what we can expect tone-wise from the Harlem-based series.
“It’s very sophisticated. I mean, it’s got a ’90s hip-hop vibe, but it’s really forward-thinking. We have Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad doing the scoring for us,” Coker says of the show, which focuses on Cage, who debuted during season 1 of Jessica Jones, and introduces comic book character Misty Knight to the Marvel television universe. “We have a lot of different musical appearances, but at the same time, we’ve got the Marvel action. We’ve got drama. I would like this to be, I mean, I know this is heavy but, The Wire of Marvel television, because we really deal with a lot of different issues.”
The interesting thing is that before Daredevil premiered, in 2015, it was also frequently compared to The Wire, a hit HBO series set in Baltimore. The comparison implies that the series will be dark, like it’s horn-headed predecessor.
One new character that fans are excited about is Misty Knight, portrayed by Simone Missick. The actress has already said that the writing on the show produces “Bomb-ass scripts,” and she continued to gush about the writing, last night.
“[Misty Knight] is so larger than life, and being able to put the voice to it for the first time is exciting,” shares Missick. “And then the writing was so rich. It was like, every day that you open the script, you’re like, ‘I really get to say this today? I get to do this today? I get to kick ass today?’ So it was a lot of fun.”
Colter talked about the balance between giving the fans what they expect, from the comics, and making the show something original. We already got to hear the character say “Sweet Christmas” in Jessica Jones, but what about his iconic yellow shirt?
“We were trying not to be on the nose. We’re going to give all the fans all the things they want,” the Ringer and Men in Black 3 actor says. “But we’ve got to bring it up a bit and step into the current time. So we’re going to make sure everybody’s happy, but don’t expect a yellow shirt every day. Let’s put it that way … We brought it to mustard. We started there. We knocked it down a bit. Not so bright.”
The Marvel Netflix shows have been doing a great job of honoring the comics while making the live-action versions something unique and original, and there is no reason for Luke Cage to miss the mark when it premieres on September 30. What classic comic moments are you hoping they include?
Source: Entertainment Weekly