We are a mere month away from the release of Marvel’s Luke Cage, the next installment in the Defenders universe on Netflix. After the major success of rather unconventional super heroes like Daredevil and Jessica Jones in their respective shows, Luke Cage seems to be a more familiar kind of protagonist. Black Girl Nerds recently got to interview the show’s executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker, who shed some light on what Luke’s past has been like and what it is that keeps him going.
“So Luke Cage is a character that’s dealt with a lot of tragedy, there has to be an optimism there has to be something that propels him forward. So that’s really the thing that we do is like, I hate to say the Marvel cliche but it’s true, with great powers comes great responsibility.
He then goes on to explain what Luke has in common with other super powered Marvel characters…
One thing that Jeph Loeb [head of Marvel television] always said is that Marvel heroes are reluctant from the standpoint of there not happy to have their powers. I mean Matt Murdock would much rather see and have his dad in his life. You know Jessica….is very ambivalent about being a superhero and Luke is no different. So this is really about how somebody without a mask and without a costume, is pushing forward in a community that really needs him.
To conclude, Coker summarizes the situation we’ll find the Power Man at when season one starts:
Also the thing we can’t forget…is the fact that Luke is a fugitive. You know there comes a sacrifice, for his power, to his freedom. The more people know about him, the more they can possibly find out the secret he harvests called Lucas, and as we explore in the first [set][background noise]….it adds a certain dynamic to everything that he does, because…he’s got a good reason to not want the attention. But that’s the thing…he does it anyway, and it’s really what happens, after episode 2 that compels him, despite it all, that he can not just lay back in the cut… he really has to accept the responsibility of heroism, and heroism is tough.”
Starting September 30, catch Harlem’s Power Man on Netflix world-wide!
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive who attempts to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But soon he is pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.