Tonight is the premiere of Luke Cage on Netflix and according to show-runner Mike Colter, it promises to bring a little of everything, Humor, action, even social awareness! Here are 8 things we need to know before this evenings premiere!
1 of 8 It’s not too serious. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker tells fans to expect a little bit of everything: humor, action, and social awareness. “I think [the show is] the opportunity to address a lot of issues but at the same time have fun,” says Coker. “The thing that I think is going to surprise people is that you’re going to come in thinking it’s serious, and it’s fun. You are going to come in thinking it’s fun, and it’s serious. We go back and forth, and there’s so much emotional depth to all of these characters. And these wonderful actors, I mean, they just they bring it so hard. I just can’t wait for the world to see it.” Titles: Luke Cage People: Mike Colter Photo by Myles Aronowitz/Netflix
4 of 8 Alfre Woodard is not reprising her role from Captain America: Civil War. Though Alfre Woodard recently appeared in Captain America: Civil War as a grieving mother confronting Tony Stark, she won’t be the bridge between these two Marvel universes. On “Luke Cage,” she plays a pivotal role as a powerful politician who considers the vigilante superhero her nemesis. “Mariah Dillard is the cousin of Cornell Stokes,” explains Woodard. “Our grandmom, Mom Mabel, she was a successful businesswoman in Harlem, back when there were not the regular avenues to be successful for women or people of color. She built a very strong business that has been passed on to my cousin. He’s still doing business the way people of color and immigrants had to do back in the day. You operated a little bit inside the law, a little bit outside the law. I’m trying to say to Cornell, ‘The power now is in politics. Let’s do something different.’ We have a pretty good life going on … And then Luke Cage moved to Harlem.”
6 of 8 Each episode is named after a Gang Starr song. “I liken binge-watching to what used to happen back in the day when a record would come out,” says showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. “For example, if Prince released ‘Lovesexy’ or ‘Sign o’ the Times,’ I would shut everything down and listen to the entire record. The only time that we do that nowadays is with these shows. So, the music gives this undercurrent rhythm, and it gives us a pulse for every single episode.”
7 of 8 Expect crossovers not distractions. “We have seen some characters that have appeared and crossed over,” says Jeph Loeb. “Most notably, Rosario Dawson, who continues the character of Claire Temple. We’ve always been big fans of providing Easter eggs for our fans, but we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. You can’t just all of a sudden do: Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab. You actually get to see our characters interact with each other.” Titles: Luke Cage People: Rosario Dawson , Mike Colter Photo by Myles Aronowitz/Netflix
8 of 8 There is a lot more Marvel in store on Netflix. “The plan changes all the time,” says Jeph Loeb. “But the next show up will be ‘Iron Fist’ and then after that ‘The Defenders.’ We know that we are going to do another season of ‘Jessica Jones,’ and we’re going to do another season of ‘Daredevil.’ It’s certainly our hope that ‘Luke Cage’ gets to continue to tell stories. I would think everybody on this panel would be certainly happy to come back and have some more fun.” Titles: Jessica Jones , AKA Ladies Night People: Mike Colter Characters: Luke Cage Photo by MYLES ARONOWITZ/NETFLIX