“It’s very sophisticated. I mean, it’s got a ’90s hip-hop vibe, but it’s really forward-thinking. We have Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad doing the scoring for us. We have a lot of different musical appearances, but at the same time, we’ve got the Marvel action. We’ve got drama. I would like this to be, I mean, I know this is heavy but, The Wire of Marvel television, because we really deal with a lot of different issues.” -Cheo Hodari Coker (showrunner)
“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]
Simone Missick Talks Playing Misty Knight in Marvel’s Luke Cage
Several members of the ‘Luke Cage’ cast and crew attended the premiere of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ last night and EW got a chance to speak with Simone Missick about her upcoming role in the show:
“[Misty Knight] is so larger than life, and being able to put the voice to it for the first time is exciting,” shares Missick. “And then the writing was so rich. It was like, every day that you open the script, you’re like, ‘I really get to say this today? I get to do this today? I get to kick ass today?’ So it was a lot of fun.”
Check out showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker talking about his plans to make the series Marvel’s ‘The Wire’here.
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
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]
Marvel’s Luke Cage Will Feature Music from Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge
Speaking with EW, showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker shared a few new details about the upcoming Netflix series:
It’s very sophisticated. I mean, it’s got a ’90s hip-hop vibe, but it’s really forward-thinking. We have Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad doing the scoring for us. We have a lot of different musical appearances, but at the same time, we’ve got the Marvel action. We’ve got drama. I would like this to be, I mean, I know this is heavy but, The Wire of Marvel television, because we really deal with a lot of different issues.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad is best known as a member of the ‘90s hip hop group, A Tribe Called Quest. Adrian Younge is a producer with credits on Ghostface Killah and Jay-Z’s recent albums.
A few months have passed since the the whole Jessica Jones, Killgrave incident in Hell’s Kitchen. We find Luke living quietly off the grid working cash in hand sweeping hair in a Barber’s Shop and Washing dishes in a local Harlem Nightclub. However as we all know when you have superhuman abilities trouble tends to find you before you go a lookin’….
This is where the “‘Hood” genre meets Marvel for a Hip Hop infused, rootsy crime drama. It is Shaft the Superhero and like Daredevil and Jessica Jones before it this is just wonderful television. Sweary and violent we have a show here that manages to be very much it’s own thing whilst also dovetailing into the Wider Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Marvel TV Show Universe.
How did he become bulletproof? How strong is he? What’s his story? Other than that brief exposure in Jessica Jones I was not up to speed with my Luke Cage lore so found the exposition and backstory build here is very very well handled. Crazy Afro prison Luke is a cool dude and from what I understand now the tiara, cuffs and backstory winks are as cathartic as they are clever.
The introduction of Misty Knight brings the interesting angle of a muggle cop trying to maintain law and order in a world of enhanced people and there is a far bigger role for Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple “Nurse to the enhanced”.
I love what Marvel are doing on Netflix, these shows are great, they are slick, stylish, smart and distinct. It is also worth pointing out that they have managed to give us shows centred around a disabled guy, a female and a man of colour - how fantastic is that? Apparently you can have top, top entertainment that isn’t centered around a white male with blue eyes, perfect hair and a chiselled jaw! Horraah!