“Luke Cage” Showrunner On S1 Criticisms

Netflix is bringing “Marvel’s Luke Cage” back in June with a second season that looks to be following more of a single story arc than the first according to early rumors.

Certainly the biggest criticism the show’s first season faced was that it took a nosedive in quality at the halfway point after the show’s villain, Mahershala Ali’s Cottonmouth Stokes, was killed off with Erik LaRay Harvey’s lackluster Willis ‘Diamondback’ Stryker replacing him.

In a new interview with PilotTV (via CBM), showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker revealed he is quite familiar with those criticisms and has addressed them, saying the death was a way to show fans no one is guaranteed safety in this universe:

“The standard conventional wisdom is that the show was great up until Episode 7, and then went downhill because Diamondback wasn’t as good a villain as Cottonmouth. But as Jeph Loeb, the President of Marvel Television, jokes, Mahershala couldn’t have followed Mahershala! Drama matches life. Anyone can die at any time. Doing that in Season 1 says, ‘People aren’t safe in Season 2. At any time, for any reason, people could go.'”

Actor Mike Colter also addressed the fan response, saying in the same interview:

“It was a great try. Some people enjoy the full season. Some really felt the second part was not as strong as the first. And I get both…but you’ve got to take a chance to make your series different, and I thought it was commendable. If people thought it was a miss, that’s fine. We have a different approach for the next season.”

New characters for the new season include Mustafa Shakir as John ‘Bushmaster’ McIver, Gabrielle Dennis as Tilda Johnson, and Annabella Sciorra as villain Rosalie Carbone. The second season of “Luke Cage” premieres Friday June 22nd on Netflix.