Part and parcel of the success enjoyed by Marvel across its film and TV slate can be traced back to the way in which the studio tethers different releases to a variety of genres. Think how Ant-Man was likened to a heist movie, or even James Gunn’s ability to craft Guardians of the Galaxy into a rip-roaring space opera.
Variety is the spice of the Marvel universe, and though it would be foolish to claim those releases are above reproach, there’s no denying that that diversity has helped maintain a steady stream of successful releases. With Daredevil season 2 now out on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, next up for Marvel’s TV line is the Luke Cage solo series, welcoming back Mike Colter as the Hero for Hire after a recurring role in Jessica Jones.
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Ahead of a premiere on September 30, executive producer and screenwriter Cheo Hodari Coker enthused about the new series in an interview with EW, revealing his hopes that Colter’s solo series can become “The Wire of Marvel television.”
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. 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.
On board for Marvel’s new hero on the block is Simone Missick, who offered up new details regarding her role as astute police detective, Misty Knight.
[Misty Knight] is so larger than life, and being able to put the voice to it for the first time is exciting. And then the writing was so rich. It was like, every day that you open the script, you’re like, “I really get to say this today? I get to do this today? I get to kick ass today?” So it was a lot of fun.
Rooted in a “modern-day Harlem,” Luke Cage is set to make its bow via Netflix on September 30. Those who stuck around past the credits on Daredevil season 2 will have already laid eyes on the first clip from Mike Colter’s debut, not to mention an official logo.