“Marvel’s Cinematic Universe will expand to Netflix with a series of superhero TV shows based in Hell’s Kitchen, starting when Daredevil – from showrunner Steven DeKnight (Spartacus) – premieres on the streaming service next week. Melissa Rosenberg’s (Dexter) A.K.A. Jessica Jones series will follow sometime later this year, before Luke Cage arrives in 2016.
The 2016 launch for Luke Cage has been confirmed in Marvel’s announcement that Cheo Hodari Coker is set to oversee the project. Coker will pen the first two episodes of the series, in addition to handling showrunner/executive producer duties. However, Mike Colter will first play the title character (a crime-fighter with super-human strength and durability) on Rosenberg’s Marvel/Netflix show – as the love interest for the former superhero turned private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter).
Coker was previously a writer/producer on TV series like Southland, Almost Human, and Ray Donovan; he also co-wrote the 2009 Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious. The extensive amount of crime drama TV work under Coker’s belt (including his experience from working on NCIS: Los Angeles) ought to serve him well as the showrunner on Luke Cage – a series that will examine the life of a superhero fighting street crime, similar to the other Marvel/Netflix programs…”