“Given that viewers already saw a lot of Luke Cage, as played by Mike Colter, on Netflix’s“Jessica Jones” — and if you’ve watched the show, you know we do mean a lot — they might think they know what to expect when Marvel Television‘s “Luke Cage” solo series debuts in September. However, according to those involved, it will be very different from both “Jessica Jones” and its Marvel/Netflix predecessor “Daredevil.”
Last week at the red carpet premiere event for “Captain America: Civil War,” CBR News chatted briefly with “Luke Cage” showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and actress Simone Missick, who plays cybernetically enhanced detective Misty Knight. Both stressed that while it’s definitely in the same world as “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” will have its own feel — as reflected in part by its setting of Harlem, rather than Hell’s Kitchen.
Coker, a hip-hop journalist and TV veteran who’s worked on “Southland,” “Ray Donovan” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” also discussed the connection he sees between Luke Cage and albums like “Midnight Marauders” by A Tribe Called Quest, and his long history with comics fandom. In speaking of the importance of playing Misty Knight, Missick remarked, “Misty Knight is so iconic and so important to so many people; you don’t realize until you join the project.”
CBR News: Simone, Cheo, “Daredevil” had a very specific feel; “Jessica Jones” did too, while both clearly inhabiting the same territory. Where does “Luke Cage” fall in the spectrum between those two shows?
Simone Missick: It’s completely different.
Cheo Hodari Coker: Absolutely.
Missick: The colors, the feel, the sounds — everything about this show is its own thing. Harlem is a character in this show. All the other shows took place in Hell’s Kitchen; this is the first one that’s taking place in Harlem, and you definitely feel that. You feel that in the music, in the conversation, in the characters, everything. It’s its own thing. “Luke Cage” is something completely new…”