Marvel's Luke CageLatest News and Opinion
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..."
Posted Saturday 10/20/18 at 2:43AM EDT
Luke Cage's abrupt cancelation begs the question: Is the Marvel TV universe falling apart?
Netflix's decision to cancel Luke Cage on a Friday night was shocking enough, but why do it on the same day it launched the third season of Marvel's Daredevil? "It’s been four months since the second season of Luke Cage came out," says Phil Owen. "Marvel and Netflix have had since June to make a decision about the show, but waited until this exact moment to tell everybody. They could have waited another week. They could have announced it in tandem with the Iron Fist news. Instead they chose to cancel Luke Cage not only on launch day, but at a time in the evening when many people on the East Coast were probably just settling in to watch Daredevil. And that’s not even taking into account that it took less than half that long for Iron Fist to get the axe after its second season." The reported decision that the cancelation was for creative reasons also doesn't make sense, he says, pointing out that Marvel and Netflix have had no qualms with replacing showrunners -- Daredevil and Iron Fist have had six showrunners combined. "Of course," he adds, "Disney/Marvel could just as easily be eyeing a gradual fresh start, especially since the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been increasingly distant from the movies. Most notably, Thanos’ finger snap has had no affect on any of the shows that came out after he wiped out half the universe. It wouldn’t be impossible to simply roll out completely new versions of these characters and make like their Netflix versions don’t share the same universe." ALSO: Iron Fist star Finn Jones expresses solidarity with Luke Cage in an Instagram post.
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Netflix cancels Luke Cage after two seasons
One week after pulling the plug on Marvel's Iron Fist via a Friday Night news dump, Netflix has decided to do the same for Marvel's Luke Cage. "Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Netflix and Marvel said in a statement Friday night. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.” Deadline reports the cancelation came as a surprise. "A writer’s room under showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had been working for awhile, producing scripts, with a formal Season 3 order considered almost a foregone conclusion," reports Deadline's Dominic Patten and Nellie Andreeva. "The pink slipping of the Mike Colter-led series was ultimately a combo of the age old creative differences and the inability for the parties involved to reach a deal, according to sources." They report that Netflix wasn't impressed with the Season 3 scripts and there was disagreement on Luke Cage's creative direction and potential personnel changes. Luke Cage's cancelation leaves just three Marvel shows on Netflix's roster: Jessica Jones, The Punisher and Daredevil, which returned today for Season 3. ALSO: Luke Cage fans react to cancelation.
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 9:49PM EDT
Iron Fist becomes Netflix's first canceled Marvel series
“Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix,” Marvel and Netflix said in a joint statement Friday night. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew and showrunners...We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.” Deadline reports that by saying Iron Fist "will live on," there's a chance that the series may end up on another platform -- possibly Disney's new streaming service. While Iron Fist is dead at Netflix, Deadline says a third season of Marvel's Luke Cage "is expected to get the formal go-ahead any day now."
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Rosario Dawson may be done with Marvel
The actress said she helped contribute to Claire Temple's goodbye on Luke Cage.
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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