Marvel has become known for embracing and representing diversity within their Cinematic Universe, along with their television shows. This month, Luke Cage will arrive on Netflix and the showrunner behind the series wanted to be known for taking bold choices and for not playing it safe.
Writer and showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker, spoke about Cage during an interview with Entertainment Weekly and said that when it comes to current issues that are taking place within the African-American community, the show won’t shy away, instead, embracing these issues front and center.
“We’re doing things that people are thinking about and not just playing it safe. When I think about what’s going on in the world right now, the world is ready for a bulletproof black man.”
Coker added that when watching this show, it’s important to see diversity represented in a real way.
“People need to see themselves or feel like they’re being represented in a real, honest, and three-dimensional way.”
Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel TV, echoed that of Coker and added that within the Netflix series, Cage will feel like a very different series.
“It really is incumbent on us to make sure each show has a different feeling to it. when we brought in [showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker], one of the things that we talked about was what makes Luke different.”
Loeb added that when working on a show like this, you cannot avoid real life issues that are happening.
“You can’t set out to do Luke Cage and not deal with the reality of what’s going on in this country, and what’s going on in general. It’s not what the show’s about, but if we can get our message out, which is, ‘This is all one planet, and we’re going to have figure it out’ — you just can’t put up walls and try to figure it out that way. We made a show which has great fun, great action, all the things that you want out of Luke Cage.”
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage 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 stars Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley, Rosario Dawson, Sonia Braga and Erik LaRay Harvey.
The 13-part series will be available to stream on Netflix on September 30th, 2016.