“I called our writers’ room the Danger Room,” Coker says. “In X-Men, the Danger Room is this place where the X-Men train and fight each other and work out their powers. Our writers’ room was majority African ­American—which is a rarity on ­television—but it was also ­diverse in every way. When it came to ideas, ­everybody had their own power. There was beautiful conflict when it came to story.” [source]


Compared to his big-screen Marvel counterparts, like Iron Man and Thor, Netflix’s Luke Cage might seem like a low-stakes superhero. He isn’t out to save the universe, and he doesn’t wear a flashy costume; he rarely even uses his superpowers, which are presented more as a behavioral quirk than a defining characteristic of his personality. He’s deeply flawed, haunted by his past, and, as Colter says, might pick up women at a funeral. But that’s precisely what makes him so heroic. He’s working on it, struggling to accept himself in the face of a world that keeps pushing him toward invisibility. “So many times, black protagonists have to be holier than thou, but he’s not an angelic figure,” says John Singleton, the Boyz n the Hood director and a friend of Coker’s. “It’s the right time for this kind of hero. He’s so needed in the world.” - Why Netflix’s Luke Cage Is the Superhero We Really Need Now [x]

My whole thing is I didn’t want Luke Cage to be a hero who happened to be black. I mean, he’s black the way that I’m black. You know, I wake up black, I go to sleep black. Some people will say, “Oh, I’m a showrunner first and not a black showrunner.” No, fuck that. (laughs)

Cheo Hodari Coker, LUKE CAGE showrunner 

They done fucked round and let some real niggas into the MCU this year