Marvel’s Luke Cage is the series on everybody’s lips at the moment, but one person in particular isn’t rushing to Netflix to tune in. The person in question? Quentin Tarantino.
Tarantino’s lack of enthusiasm towards the series isn’t anything to do with the characters, actors, or platform – but rather the time period it’s set in. It’s set in the present day, just a few months after the events of Jessica Jones and a few years after The Avengers. Tarantino spoke to Yahoo recently, touching on the Netflix series and how he nearly made a movie centering around the character.
“I’m a huge fan. I had even considered, after Reservoir Dogs, doing a Luke Cage movie. But I ended up doing Pulp Fiction instead. So I think I might have made the right choice.”
If he was to have done the movie, the safe bet is that it would have been set back in the 1970’s.
“Well, frankly, to tell you the truth, I might be one of the pains in their asses because I love the way the character was presented so much in the ’70s. I’m not really that open to a rethinking on who he was. I just think that first issue, that origin issue… was so good, and it was really Marvel’s attempt to try to do a blacksploitation movie vibe as one of their superhero comics. And I thought they nailed it. Absolutely nailed it. So, just take that Issue 1 and put it in script form and do that. The Luke Cage: Hero for Hire era… that’s the era.”
Luke Cage is available to stream on Netflix.