It’s crazy to think that we’re already getting ready for The Defenders to begin production later this year, which will bring together the likes of Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) for the fist time as a team. Of course, before that happens, we’ll have our chance to binge-watch the third Defender’s series when Luke Cage hits Netflix on September 30th.
We’ve already had the pleasure of being introduced to Colter as Luke Cage when the first season of Jessica Jones premiered last year, and Netflix managed to sneak in a short teaser for the character’s upcoming solo series at the end of Daredevil season two. And while the Colter has talked about the series, and what fans can expect – including the possibility of Cage’s famous yellow shirt – there’s still plenty we don’t know as Netflix has kept rather mum on the upcoming series thus far. (Not too surprising given the fact it won’t be out until September.) The only thing we know for sure? Luke Cage will be unlike either of the shows that came before it.
CBR News: Simone, Cheo, “Daredevil” had a very specific feel; “Jessica Jones” did too, while both clearly inhabiting the same territory. Where does “Luke Cage” fall in the spectrum between those two shows?
Simone Missick: It’s completely different.
Cheo Hodari Coker: Absolutely.
Missick: The colors, the feel, the sounds — everything about this show is its own thing. Harlem is a character in this show. All the other shows took place in Hell’s Kitchen; this is the first one that’s taking place in Harlem, and you definitely feel that. You feel that in the music, in the conversation, in the characters, everything. It’s its own thing. “Luke Cage” is something completely new.
Coker: For me, hip-hop has always been black superhero music. And now we have a black superhero that matches the music. When you think about Wu-Tang, when you think about A Tribe Called Quest records like “Midnight Marauders,” it’s deep in the culture, but at the same time, it’s become the new rock and roll. Everybody accepts it, everybody understands it.
That’s really the vibe of the show — on one hand, we’re dealing with Harlem in ways that really haven’t been dealt with. But at the same time, it’s a superhero show. At the same time, you get to meet Luke Cage. You get to meet Misty Knight. You get to meet all these other characters. It’s these comics come to life with a hip-hop vibe. It’s incredibly fun.
Given that both Daredevil and Jessica Jones have managed to both have their own feel, this isn’t entirely too surprising, but it’s nice to hear Simone Missick (Misty Knight) and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker discuss what makes Luke Cage so different from the rest of the Netflix shows. And given the news that Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) will be scoring the series, it’s also nice to know that music will play a large part in the show.
Along with discussing the feel of the show, he folks at CBR were also able to talk to Missick about what it’s like to take on the role of Misty Knight, a character that many fans have been hoping to see join the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time now. For Missick, being able to portray such a strong character was a gift.
Missick: Every day was a gift. To be able to be a strong woman, who’s passionate about doing her job, to kick ass — it was all of those things every single day. Misty Knight is so iconic and so important to so many people; you don’t realize until you join the project. Then people are like, “Oh, my God, you’re Misty Knight!” It makes you even more excited. To be the first person to say these words, to give her a voice, it’s like stepping into your own ocean, and it’s yours.
With the first season of Luke Cage set to premiere on Netflix on September 30th, we can expect Netflix to begin promoting the series around June/July of this year – meaning we still have a pretty long wait, unfortunately. For now, you can re-watch the first two seasons of Daredevil, as well as the first season of Jessica Jones on Netflix now.
Source: Comic Book Resources.