Marvel's Luke CageLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 1/05/19 at 3:04AM EST
Mike Colter admits he wasn't that shocked by Luke Cage's cancelation, but he also wouldn't be surprised if it was revived
Colter tells Comicbook.com that he first noticed things were awry when deadlines would come and go, and there was a lot of stalling on the third season. "There were some things that started to feel a little odd," he says. "So, when it happened, I was like, 'Eh.' It wasn't that much of a shock. But yeah, still shock." As for reviving Luke Cage, he says: "I think, ultimately, if it comes back, it'll probably come back because of the fans demand for it. I don't think that their work is going in vain. It just may not happen as soon as they want it to."
Posted Thursday 12/20/18 at 3:02PM EST
Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker lands a deal with Amazon
Two months after the Netflix cancelation of the Marvel series, Coker has signed a deal to develop and produce new series for Amazon Studios.
Posted Wednesday 12/19/18 at 11:11PM EST
Disney executive says there's a "possibility" that Netflix's Marvel characters could be revived on the Disney+ streaming service
"They are very high-quality shows. We haven’t yet discussed that, but I would say that’s a possibility," Kevin Mayer, Disney’s chairman for its direct-to-consumer deals, said in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Despite what Mayer says, it would be difficult to revive Netflix's Marvel characters since they can't be used in a non-Netflix series for two years after cancelation.
Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 4:39PM EST
Don't expect to see Netflix's Marvel characters on any non-Netflix show or movie in the near future
"Fans of the Marvel Television series recently canceled by Netflix who hope to see the shows revived on Disney+ may be out of luck," reports Variety. Sources tell the trade magazine "that the deal for the original four Marvel shows includes a clause that prevents the characters from appearing in any non-Netflix series or film for at least two years after cancellation. That means that Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist — which were all canceled this year at Netflix — could not come to the Disney streaming service until 2020 at the earliest." Variety says the chances of those characters being revived elsewhere is a "long shot." "And even if they did go to Disney+ as soon as possible," Variety reports, "they would be doing so without Jessica Jones, which is set to air its third season on Netflix sometime in 2019. If that show is canceled, which now seems likely but is by no means a guarantee, it could not go elsewhere until 2021."
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 10:14PM EST
Why are Marvel series missing from Netflix's list of most binge-worthy shows of 2018?
On My Block came out on top as the No. 1 binged show on Netflix in 2018, but why aren't there any Marvel shows listed? "Netflix makes a point of indicating that the list’s rankings aren’t reflective of a show’s overall popularity, which makes one wonder what the point of publishing the list in the first place was, if that’s the case," says Charles Pulliam-Moore. "But the Marvel shows’ complete absence from the report is telling in and of itself. Depending on how you look at it, either Netflix is owning up to the fact that a lot of people are really feeling the Marvel binge fatigue, especially after a handful of seasons of rather lackluster solo series...or this could just be Netflix’s very polite way of acknowledging that its little corner of the MCU is truly coming to an end."
Posted Monday 12/03/18 at 1:18PM EST
Why Netflix's canceled Marvel shows are unlikely to be rebooted on Disney's streaming service
"The execs have already said they don't want these shows on the Disney service," tweeted Alan Sepinwall. "And even if they did, the nature of the contracts would make it virtually impossible. They're done." He adds: "I should clarify. The Marvel shows for Disney+ are being produced by Marvel movie execs, who do not like or get along with the Marvel TV execs who made Daredevil et al. Technically, they COULD make a Luke Cage show a few years down the line. They just don’t want to."
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 9:10PM EST
Daredevil becomes the latest Marvel series to be canceled at Netflix
Daredevil, which kicked off the Marvel universe on Netflix in April 2015, will not return for a fourth season. The cancelation comes one month after Daredevil's third season arrived on the same day that Luke Cage was abruptly canceled, which came one week after the axing of Iron Fist. The cancelation leaves just two Marvel series on Netflix, Jessica Jones and The Punisher. “Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” Netflix said in a statement. “We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note. We’re thankful to showrunner Erik Oleson, the show’s writers, stellar crew and incredible cast including Charlie Cox as Daredevil himself, and we’re grateful to the fans who have supported the show over the years. While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel.” Last month, Oleson called the Iron Fist and Luke Cage cancelations a "hard blow." “The Marvel shows are a family," he told Indiewire. "As the showrunner of Daredevil, I’m always rooting for my fellow showrunners and their families, and it was a hard blow. I’m not going to lie...It was heartbreaking news.”
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
Report: Iron Fist and Luke Cage's viewership plunged by two-thirds in their second seasons
Source: Screen Rant
Research from San Francisco data analytics company Jumpshot found that both shows each suffered a steep drop -- 59% for Luke Cage and 64% for Iron Fist -- among American Netflix viewers.
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 6:44AM EDT
American Vandal's cancelation, explained: Netflix seems to be cutting back on shows from outside studios
Source: The A.V. Club
Netflix didn't own American Vandal, Iron Fist or Luke Cage, which likely helped lead to their cancelations. It's a sign of Netflix's evolution -- and shows that it is copying linear TV, where networks are favoring shows from sibling studios, says Erik Adams. He adds: "Prevailing trends aside, Netflix is never going to go 100 percent in-house; at their most ambitious, executives have called for a 50-50 split between Netflix Studios productions and licensed originals. Just look at its most recent moves: A few days after Luke Cage was knocked out, Sony Pictures Television’s Atypical was given a third season. When the American Vandal news broke, Netflix subscribers were acquainting themselves with Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, which Warner Bros. and Berlanti Productions developed for The CW before it went streaming."
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
Luke Cage's cancelation isn't that disappointing because it wasn't black enough, and its quality suffered in trying to appeal to everybody
The Netflix version of the Marvel character was specially built not to alienate non-white audiences, says Noel Ransome. Or as Mike Colter put it, he was supposed to be superhero, not a black superhero. "Interestingly enough, it’s that stance that made Luke Cage, the character, the worst part of his own show," says Ransome. "He was the principled, sullen and reluctant vigilante that felt disappointingly wooden. He was the Old Navy mannequin experiencing sentiency through a script. Through season one, his main pathos and character conflicts stood outside of himself; Luke Cage vs. Cottonmouth...Luke Cage Vs. Bushmaster. Beyond that, he was altruistic to the point of feeling stale. Characters Daredevil and Jessica Jones felt comparatively honest because their internal conflicts were real and severely broken in a, I’m-not-trusting-these-fools-with-my-life sort of way. Sure, there was a play Luke's humanity through an animosity driven arc with his father and his anger; but he was still engrained to be a flawless presentation for both white and black viewers; the complete antidote to the negative arguments against black communities as a whole." The Netflix version of Luke Cage, Ransome adds, was a "watered-down Kool-Aid interpretation, dipped in high-fructose corn syrup, with the blandness of an on-duty mall cop. And over the course of two seasons, I noticed the strain of disease Luke Cage was suffering from; the same conundrum TV shows and films designed for black audiences tolerate in a marketable woke culture."
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 10:24AM EDT
Daredevil showrunner reacts to Iron Fist and Luke Cage's cancelations
Erik Oleson says the future of Marvel shows on Netflix is "way above my pay grade." Still, he was disappointed in the two cancelations. “I’m close, personal friends with (Iron Fist showrunner) Raven Metzner and a number of folks who worked on that show, and I’m sad for my friends,” says Oleson. “The Marvel shows are a family. As the showrunner of Daredevil, I’m always rooting for my fellow showrunners and their families, and it was a hard blow. I’m not going to lie. I took Raven out for drinks on Saturday night and we commiserated. It was heartbreaking news.”
Posted Tuesday 10/23/18 at 9:28PM EDT
Iron Fist and Luke Cage cancelations halted the potential of the Daughters of the Dragon
"These characters were getting to develop, not just as increasingly important parts of the wider narratives of their respective shows, but as friends and partners as well," says James Whitbrook of Simone Missick's Misty Knight and Jessica Henwick's Colleen Wing. He adds: "There was so much more to do—the promise of Misty coming further into the fold of this wild superheroic world as she realized her own strengths and capabilities, the promise of seeing Colleen be the Iron Fist, the promise of their partnership together—that the pain of losing both Iron Fist and Luke Cage within the span of a week was a blow that hit a lot harder than it otherwise should have. Both shows were on track for some intriguing directions, but Colleen and Misty were both arguably driving those intriguing directions as much as Danny and Luke themselves." ALSO: Luke Cage's cancelation is far more concerning because of the massive Season 2 cliffhanger.
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
Is superhero fatigue to blame for Netflix's Luke Cage and Iron Fist cancelations?
"Remember when Smallville was TV’s lone superhero show? (And hell, it didn’t even let Clark Kent have flights or tights.)," says Matt Webb Mitovich. "Now, seven years after that Superman origin story wrapped its run, TV is home to nearly 20 comic book-based series about specially abled heroes, with another batch in the pipeline. Could it be that Luke Cage and Iron Fist, which both got powered down this month, are the first casualties of simply too much super going on?" He points out that The CW has had a combined 22 seasons of superhero shows, while Gotham's ratings on Fox haven't been super. Add to that the recent launch of DC Universe and its superhero shows and it shouldn't be surprising to see superhero fatigue kicking in. Mitovich notes that in the "escalation of omnipresence comes that fact that it’s harder than ever for a hero to seem super, to stand out in the crowd."
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 4:27PM EDT
Mike Colter announces the birth of his second daughter in wake of Luke Cage's cancelation
"Luke Cage represented something more than just entertainment," he wrote on Instagram. "@MarvelsLukeCage added to our social commentary and made viewers think by challenging the norm and putting out a character that reflected the everyday hero, one with flaws, strengths and everything in between. I am forever grateful to Marvel and Netflix for letting me portray such a prolific character, and thank the amazing fans. As one door closes, another has opened, with the birth of my 2nd daughter. Born this week. A lot of great memories. Time to make more. Always forward, forward always."
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Luke Cage creator thanks Marvel and Netflix following cancelation
"A lot memories," tweeted Cheo Hodari Coker hours after Netflix's abrupt cancelation on Friday. "A lot of individual thank you calls to make. Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer’s room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem’s Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. Forward always..."