Marvel's Luke CageLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Luke Cage's Mike Colter apologizes for making light of a pastor's inappropriate touching of Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklin's funeral
Colter was responding to a Trevor Noah tweet about Bishop Charles Ellis groping Grande, tweeting: "Now THIS is how you shoot your shot! Zero F***!" Colter said in his apology that "in no way do I condone any such behavior. It was intended to point out the absurdity of the act itself. Complete and biting sarcasm. I realized quickly that it was not taken as such.”
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Why is Luke Cage so corny?
The Marvel superhero seems to be caught between its early 1970s blaxploitation origins and his role today as a married father. "One of the oddest parts of watching Luke Cage is reconciling the fact that even though the show wants us to see Luke as something of an aspirational hero, he’s corny as hell—and not in a charming, old-man-out-of-time way like Steve Rogers," says Charles Pulliam-Moore. "Corny as in, he pretends that there hasn’t been any good music on the radio since the ‘80s and will literally tell people to pull their pants up if they want to set foot in his neighborhood. There’s a kind of old school swagger to the way that (Mike) Colter embodies Cage that very specifically reads as the energy one might expect from a black person that’s around my father’s age."
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Luke Cage creator on the Season 2 twist: "We wanted to f*ck with people's heads"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Cheo Hodari Coker, a former music journalist, says reading reviews of the Netflix and Marvel series influenced his approach to Season 2. "Maybe it comes from being a critic, because I've criticized before, so I understand critics, for better or for worse," says Coker. "The conventional wisdom was the show fell off after episode seven (of season one). And one of the most critical voices, in a great way, was from Angelica Jade Bastién at Vulture. She wrote these episodic recaps, and some of them were scathing, but they were so beautifully written. One of things she wrote about was, 'I wish they had spent more time trying to imagine who Cage is as a man, instead of just as a superhero.'" Coker says he took those words to heart. "Let's really think about how we can make sure that we're always telling the most compelling Luke Cage story that we can," he said he told his writers.
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- Mustafa Shakir talks about his breakout role as Bushmaster
- Simone Missick would like to see if fans can design the best Misty Knight arm
- Mike Colter discusses Season 2's shocking ending
- Colter would like to see an Obama cameo on Luke Cage
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 9:28PM EDT
Ranking every Marvel Netflix season, from worst to best
Iron Fist Season 1 is the worst, Jessica Jones Season 1 is the best, according to this Vulture ranking.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 3:55AM EDT
Luke Cage becomes the first Netflix Marvel show to top its first season
Source: The A.V. Club
"As season two unfolds," says Danette Chavez, "the show and its protagonist draw power from the past, both in confronting and embracing it. And in doing so, Luke Cage becomes the first Marvel show (not including Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) to not only best its first season, but also maintain most of the momentum (it’s not omnipotent, after all). The character and show regain a lot of their swagger—even the expansion into Brooklyn, where new antagonist John McIver, a.k.a Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir, who threatens to run away with the show), has been marshaling his forces, hardly causes a stumble."
- Don't binge-watch: "Pace yourself, settle in for an interesting, if sprawling soap opera of a story"
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- How did a New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb end up on Season 2?
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Marvel’s Luke Cage battles Alfre Woodard's "Queen" Mariah in second official trailer
The new Netflix trailer also shows Mustafa Shakir as “Bushmaster."
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Rosario Dawson may be done with Netflix's Marvel shows
The actress said at a Comic Con in London that she may be done with the Marvel shows after the upcoming second season of Luke Cage. “Yeah, its pretty wild actually. I don’t know if I’ll be back after this, to be honest, but it’s been an amazing few years,” she said.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
New Luke Cage trailer unveils villain Bushmaster
Mustafa Shakir's character wants to take Harlem for himself.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Marvel's TV Universe was able to flourish into a powerhouse without Marvel's Cinematic Universe
Being disconnected from the Marvel movies has allowed for more diversification among Marvel's TV offerings, including a teen show like Runaways. As James Whitbrook explains, "not having to worry about whatever Captain America or Iron Man are up to, S.H.I.E.L.D. has branched out into telling wild and wonderful stories way beyond its original premise as Marvel’s spy show, and has allowed the Netflix shows to turn The Defenders into its own full-on event series of connected characters. There may have been stumbles along the way, but the TV side of things has become stronger than ever before, and has done so without getting to rest on the laurels of connections to the movies. Maybe one day, when the stars align in the most specific of ways, Marvel’s TV heroes could show up in the movies, and vice versa. But for now, as Marvel’s movieverse prepares to celebrate 10 years of being one big happy family, its distant cousins on TV have spent half that time being quite all right on their own—even if that may not have been what was intended from the get-go."
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Marvel's Luke Cage taps Annabella Sciorra to play the Season 2 villain
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Sciorra, who made headlines late last year when she spoke about the abuse she suffered from Harvey Weinstein, is also recurring on Netflix's G.L.O.W. “I’ve been a huge fan of hers since Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, and Anabella Sciorra is no joke as Rosalie Carbone,” says Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. “You haven’t seen her this gangster since her thrilling turn as Tony’s formidable flame Gloria Trillo on season 3 of The Sopranos. I’m thrilled her introduction to the Marvel Universe will be on Marvel’s Luke Cage.”
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 2:34PM EST
Luke Cage Season 2 drops on June 22
Source: TV Insider
Watch Netflix's "Date Announcement" trailer for the Marvel series.