WATCH: Head of Marvel Television Talks About Relevance of ‘First Black Superhero’, Luke Cage, Coming to TV Sept. 30th

Mike Colter as Luke Cage
Mike Colter as Luke Cage

Marvel’s Netflix properties — Daredevil and Jessica Jones — have thrived on being gritty, real-world, and grounded.

And, while Marvel actors and producers repeatedly tell us that the shows are about superheroes first and social commentary second (or third or fourth), it’s hard to ignore the ways in which Marvel is contributing to real-world debates.

Marvel’s upcoming show, Luke Cage, which will be released on Netflix on September 30th, is no different.

Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb spoke with Comic Book Resources about how the Luke Cage production team tackled the pressure of a telling the story of the “first African-American superhero that comes from the street.”

Loeb said:

You can’t set out to do Luke Cage and not deal with the reality of what’s going on in this country, and what’s going on in general. It’s not what the show’s about, but if we can get our message out, which is, ‘This is all one planet, and we’re going to have figure it out’ — you just can’t put up walls and try to figure it out that way. We made a show which has great fun, great action, all the things that you want out of Luke Cage.

Mike Colter just plays the role. It’s a very different Luke Cage than you saw in Jessica Jones, even though it’s the same actor. On Jessica Jones, you were seeing Luke through Jessica’s POV, because it was Jessica’s story, and that’s the way it should be. There weren’t scenes where Luke was just doing stuff on his own. Now you’re going to get to see him with his friends, with his worlds, with what’s going on. Detective Misty Knight is in that show, and Simone Missick is just killing it.

Watch more from Loeb’s interview below.


Luke Cage will debut on Netflix on September 30, 2016.

SOURCE: Kyle Andre