‘Luke Cage’s Cheo Hodari Coker Discusses Luke’s Motivations

Luke Cage

We are just about a month away from the release of the first season of the third Marvel/Netflix series, Luke Cage, starring Mike Colter as Marvel’s favorite Power Man who is now protecting Harlem after the events that happened to him in Season 1 of Jessica Jones. Black Girl Nerds recently interviewed the cast and producers of the series at San Diego Comic-Con where they discussed the depth, tones and influences for the upcoming series.

When chatting with showrunner and executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker, he was asked about what keeps Luke going and what pushes him to be a hero, to which he gave the following response about what we can expect to see in regards to that element of his character.

“So Luke Cage is a character that’s dealt with a lot of tragedy, there has to be an optimism there has to be something that propels him forward. So that’s really the thing that we do is like, I hate to say the Marvel cliche but it’s true, with great powers comes great responsibility.

One thing that Jeph Loeb always said is that Marvel heroes are reluctant from the standpoint of there not happy to have their powers. I mean Matt Murdock would much rather see and have his dad in his life. You know Jessica….is very ambivalent about being a superhero and Luke is no different. So this is really about how somebody without a mask and without a costume, is pushing forward in a community that really needs him.**

Also the thing we can’t forget…is the fact that Luke is a fugitive. You know there comes a sacrifice, for his power, to his freedom. The more people know about him, the more they can possibly find out the secret he harvests called Lucas, and as we explore in the first [set][background noise]….it adds a certain dynamic to everything that he does, because…he’s got a good reason to not want the attention. But that’s the thing…he does it anyway, and it’s really what happens, after episode 2 that compels him, despite it all, that he can not just lay back in the cut… he really has to accept the responsibility of heroism, and heroism is tough.”

“After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive who attempts to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But soon he is pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.”

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 1 comes out on Friday, September 30 only on Netflix.

Source: Black Girl Nerds (via MCU Exchange)

Andy Behbakht

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Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.