With two of the four Marvel/Netflix series done and out, now comes the inevitable build-up towards the third – “Luke Cage”. We’ve already seen Mike Colter’s titular character being established in numerous episodes of “Jessica Jones,” and now he’s about to get his own show.
We do know these series are interconnected, but “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” had a quite different tone and approach to their material. Speaking with Collider, Colter was asked how his show will be different from his predecessors:
“I feel like they all have their own story and their own thing that they’re doing, and they’re not going to be compared to one another, except for the fact that they are in the same genre. Jessica’s storyline is so different from Daredevil’s storyline. Daredevil’s storyline is so different from mine. There’s a social aspect involved with Luke Cage, there is a criminal element involved, and there is a procedural element involvement.
We focus on a variety of different things. I think it will be a surprise. I don’t know if we’ll be taking things to the next level because Jessica did such a great job. I don’t know what to expect, as far as the response, but I know it’s going to be different.”
Cage has super strength and unbreakable skin in the wake of a sabotaged experiment. In the series he is pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront his buried past. Colter was concerned about how his appearance in ‘Jones’ might affect the “Luke Cage” series as that show didn’t have a show runner at that point, but it all worked out:
“It’s unique and daunting. I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of material written for me. The first show was written for her and from her point of view, so it was something that I was concerned about because, at the time, we didn’t have a showrunner for Cage and we didn’t know what his storyline was going to be. I didn’t want to have a complete reboot of the story. I didn’t want to start in one place, and then come in and be like, ‘Is this the same person?’
But then, I realized that luckily the showrunner (Cheo Hodari Coker) had seen some of the footage of Jessica during the process and he could get a feel for where Cage was and, from there, start the writing. Ultimately he wrote it in a way that felt right. It felt like it was just expanding on who he was already.”
“Luke Cage” is currently in production and is expected to screen on the streaming service in the first half of 2016.