The direction of Luke Cage season two won’t be dictated by the events of The Defenders, according to Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. Speaking with Mashable, Coker compared the two shows in an analogy that involved the Wu-Tang Clan and mentioned that, although there’ll be a team-up in The Defenders later this year, it won’t steer Luke Cage’s character directly.
It’s like the Wu-Tang. You’ve got the Wu-Tang Clan record, which is what The Defenders represents. Say that Luke Cage is Ghostface, say that Jessica Jones is Method Man. It’s like they’re all kind of part of the same clique, but each record sounds different.
So that’s really the analogy I would make, is that they acknowledge each other, but they’re not really dependent on each other. But because it’s the same crews, and the same family, the same feel, it’s all interconnected — but it doesn’t mean that one really dictates the direction of the other.
And it’s true. While the Marvel Netflix shows are interconnected and belong in the same universe, they aren’t overly dependent on each other and each individual character gets to flourish and develop on their own and within their separate environments.
Moreover, Coker mentioned that although Luke Cage will be teaming up with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, we shouldn’t expect them to make appearances in Luke Cage season two.
You always got to raise your hand and ask permission. I’m honestly just cool with what we have.
Season two of Luke Cage will begin filming this summer and The Defenders will be debuting on Netflix on August 18, 2017.
‘The Defenders’ Season 1 Promotional Photos
The Defenders Season 1
PICTURED: Mike Colter as Luke Cage. PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Shatz/Netflix