“Luke Cage” — the latest of Marvel’s Netflix shows — doesn’t hit the streaming service until the end of September, but it’s already casting a large shadow. Set in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, “Cage” exists in the same world as “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” but visually looks like another planet, which is something executive producers Jeph Loeb and Cheo Hodari Coker intentionally did.
"Yes, you’ve met Luke Cage on ‘Jessica Jones,' but that’s through Jessica Jones’ point of view,” Loeb tells Zap2it. "That’s her story and that’s the way it should have been told. Now we’re going to see the story from his point of view, so you have to get into his head, his world, his look, his music, all of those things.”
However, it’s Coker who perfectly crystallizes the idea behind making each of the shows a unique entity.
"I always make music and movie analogies,” he explains. "For me, ‘Daredevil’ is Method Man. ‘Jessica Jones’ is Ghostface Killah. ‘Luke Cage’ is Raekwon. All these shows, when they come together — and eventually when ‘Iron Fist’ comes out’ — they all come together as the ‘Defenders’ and you have the Wu-Tang Clan.”
The idea that these wildly different shows can blend together into one when “Defenders” finally comes to life on Netflix is a powerful one that many fans can’t wait to see. When they do though, Coker promises it’s going to be worth the wait.
"The shows each get to have their own flavors, their own vibes, their own character dynamics,” he says. "But at the same time, when they come together the strength of unity is what makes it so dynamic and so spectacular.”
“Luke Cage” premieres on Netflix on Sept. 30.