“Fans of the canceled HBO series The Wire will be able to get a fresh fix of gritty drama in the form of Netflix’s upcoming series Luke Cage, as executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker tells EW the Marvel adaptation has an edge unlike most of its genre brethren.
Speaking on the red carpet outside Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre at Tuesday’s Captain America: Civil War premiere, Coker, who wrote the first two episodes of Luke Cage in addition to taking on showrunner duties, says it will be the first in the Marvel family to feature characters based entirely in Harlem versus Hell’s Kitchen. Plus, he explains the show — which tells the story of a man who becomes a fugitive antihero after a botched experiment endows him with superhuman abilities — feels like a powerful fusion of dark drama, hip-hop, and classic superhero action.
“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,” Coker says of the show, which focuses on Cage, who debuted during season 1 of Jessica Jones, and introduces comic book character Misty Knight to the Marvel television universe. “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.”
Mike Colter and Simone Missick, who play Cage and Knight, respectively, were also on the Captain America: Civil War red carpet, with the latter explaining what it’s like to play a character who is so beloved by so many fans. “[Misty Knight] is so larger than life, and being able to put the voice to it for the first time is exciting,” shares Missick…”