“Since “Daredevil” debuted in spring 2015, Marvel Television‘s multiple series on Netflix have given audiences a different side of the live-action Marvel world — one considerably more grounded and gritty than the globally successful Marvel Studios films.
Though while set in the same New York City neighborhood of Hell Kitchen’s, “Daredevil” is a very different viewing experience than “Jessica Jones” — a trend that will continue as the action moves to Harlem for “Luke Cage,” starring Mike Colter in the title role and with its full first season set to debut Sept. 30 on Netflix.
“I think, very much, as not just the Head of Marvel Television, but also as one of the executive producers of all of the shows, it really is our responsibility — not just to Netflix, but to the audience — to be able to see how rich the Marvel characters are,” Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb told CBR in a video interview (watch in full above) last month at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “It really is incumbent on us to make sure each show has a different feeling to it. when we brought in [showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker], one of the things that we talked about was what makes Luke different. there are some obvious differences in the sense that we’re talking about really the first African-American superhero that comes from the street and lives in that world. when we started there, we said, ‘What is that physically going to look like?'”
Loeb stressed the importance of location to not just “Luke Cage,” but all of Marvel’s Netflix series — saying that New York City is the “fifth Defender,” along with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.”
“We really looked hard into the practicality of shooting up in Harlem [for ‘Luke Cage,’]” Loeb said. “The people of New York, the mayor of New York, the governor of New York — everybody works towards making that stuff happen. places like the Apollo, places that are so rich in terms of culture, in terms of the ethnic quality, what Cheo and I always refer to as the musicality of that area, is what set the tone…”