We are about a month away from the release of the third Netflix series in the Marvel franchise, Luke Cage, which stars Mike Colter as the beloved Power Man protecting Harlem in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Colter’s character made his debut in Season 1 of Jessica Jones and now he is starring in his own series, following the events of his arc in Jessica Jones.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources at San Diego Comic-Con, Jeph Loeb, who is the Marvel TV President and executive producer on all the Marvel TV shows, spoke about the importance of getting Luke Cage right for the audience and more.
Throughout the interview, Loeb spoke about the importance of having the real-world relevance addressed in the series.
“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.'”
Loeb also talked about whenever Marvel TV (or film for that matter) applies itself to as realistic and grounding as possible when telling these stories.
“Marvel always works best when it lives in the real world, but then has the Marvel touch around it. There are people with superpowers, there is that little magic icing of humor, the people are aware of how unusual this is. It’s one of the things that’s very different about Marvel — if someone is suddenly bulletproof or able to lift up a car or tear off a car door, there are people there going, ‘How did that happen?” as opposed to, ‘Oh, I guess it’s just yet another person with superpowers.’ By making it real and grounded and feel like it is of our world, then if we happen to be able to get a message in along the way, great — but if you just want to watch the show and enjoy the show, enjoy the show.”
“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 is set to come out on Friday, September 30 only on Netflix.