Marvel’s Luke Cage is so close we can almost smell it – September 30th is ever-approaching and it marks the premiere of the third Marvel series to find its home on Netflix. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker seems to have crafted something very special, and is currently in press mode ahead of Friday.
Marvel’s Iron Fist is filming as I type this and comic fans will know that these two characters share a rich and kick-ass history; teaming up as the ‘Heroes For Hire’ for many years. Naturally, fans have been asking Coker about it an increasing amount recently, and he spoke about it with Decider.
“Now in my mind — we don’t go into Heroes for Hire in Season One of Luke Cage — Luke Cage Season One is ultimately about the evolution of a hero. I think what’s appealing about Luke is the fact that he’s just somebody who’s just your normal, average guy. He presents himself that way. He’s not pretentious, but then at the same time, feels a responsibility to kind of push forward.”
That may seem like bad news, but it’s worth noting that he didn’t speak about the chances of it happening further down the road. We know these characters will be apart of The Defenders mini-series, so what’s stopping them working together after they’re done with the team?
“Well, I mean Finn Jones will be in the mix for The Defenders. In terms of Luke Cage, Netflix has to order a second season first. And trust me, I don’t take any of this for granted because I mean there was no more sure thing than Vinyl (ed note: HBO‘s drama was canceled after one season).”
At least he’s not taking things for granted and presuming that the show will be success, though early reviews sing the show’s praises.
“We’re not treating it as a one-off, and I’m confident people will dig the show, but, trust me, like Season Two, I’ve got a few ideas. But we really won’t get ready until Netflix sees the viewership, and hopefully the subscriptions that will come from this show, and then they’ll say, “Let’s get into it.”
All 13 episodes of Marvel’s Luke Cage hit Netflix on September 30th, 2016.