With Daredevil and Jessica Jones under their successful Netflix belt, Marvel will next tackle Luke Cage, their first-ever superhero series featuring an African-American lead.
Staying in New York City but moving the action from the streets of Hell’s Kitchen (the setting for Daredevil and Jessica Jones) to those of Harlem, the series stars Mike Colter as the future Hero for Hire whose character with unbreakable skin and superhuman strength was first introduced in Jessica Jones.
This being the third series that'll ultimately lead up to The Defenders, how will Marvel differentiate Luke Cage from the dark grimness of Daredevil and the noir feel of Jessica Jones?
In a cool interview with the Los Angeles Times, Mike Colter opened up about his upcoming Marvel series, explaining what’ll make Luke Cage stand out in the superhero crowd.
“Luke Cage" is going to have soul, it's going to have intensity, it's going to have dark parts to it. I think what's going to make it unique is also the musicality of it. There's going to be a musical taste that you found a little bit in "Jessica." It defines itself through sound that you can feel when you're watching the scenes, whether it's something that's actually a song that they're playing or actually just the pulse of the music that they choose thematically. "Luke Cage" is going to define itself in that way, and it's going to define itself in the locations that we're doing. It's no secret that you're going to find Luke Cage uptown after the ["Jessica Jones"] series is over, so the things that happen to him and Jessica will affect him. And then when you find him months later in Harlem, you'll see him in a different setting. That's going to be a setting that's surrounded with different characters and different light all unto itself.”
What I like about those Marvel/Netflix series is the fact that they're grounded in reality as much as possible, which is what I think makes them so great. But there are also some cool comic-book elements to them.
In Daredevil, Matt Murdock ends up wearing a variation of the red outfit he wears in the pages of the Marvel Comics, while the Jewel costume pops up in Jessica Jones, although she (thankfully!) never wears it. So, will Luke Cage wear the iconic yellow shirt and boots he sports in the comics?
“Anything that's primarily "Luke Cage" we want to save for Luke Cage's series. I'm not saying that you're going to see the yellow shirt, but if you're going to see it, it'll be in Luke Cage's series.”
What do you think? Are you looking forward to Luke Cage when the series arrives in all its powerful, streaming glory sometime in 2016?
(via LA Times)