Luke Cage finally had his series launched last week as Power Man became the third Marvel series in the Netflix/Marvel franchise and the show has garnered a lot of praise from critics and regular fans. The show garnered so much love last week that Netflix was overloaded and went down for a few hours.
Cheo Hodari Coker, the show-runner and executive producer on the series, has been doing several interviews recently to promote the launch of the first African-American superhero series. In a recent interview, he was asked about the importance and the meaning of having an African-American bulletproof superhero, given what is going on in the real world right now, to which Coker said the following.
“I wasn’t trying to be glib. I wasn’t trying to set up this whole thing. It was what I was thinking. The thing I thought about was all of the heroes that I’ve had, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Tupac Shakur, Christopher Wallace aka the Notorious BIG, Big L — all dead by gunfire. Particularly when you look at political figures and you think about that and you think about what it would mean when you’re melding these two worlds of hip-hop and superheroes – what if they were bulletproof?”
Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 1 is now available for streaming on Netflix.