Filming begins on Luke Cage Season 2
VOD News | On 09, Jun 2017
Filming has kicked off on Season 2 of Luke Cage.
The Netflix Marvel series, which premiered last year, was promptly picked up for a second run, as the streaming and comic book giants build their screen universe of Hell’s Kitchen heroes. Indeed, Jessica Jones is also returning for a sophomore run, while Daredevil has already had a second season, even leading to a spin-off solo show for The Punisher in the process.
Progress on any of those, though, has been halted by production on The Defenders, the crossover event series that premieres in August. With summer upon us, though, and with The Punisher reportedly set for a November release, work is moving forward once more on Luke Cage’s new season.
Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has promised more “bulletproof dopeness” of the show’s return, also noting in a recent interview that it will focus increasingly on Cage’s public persona.
“It’s very different. He’s out. People know what he looks like. He’s not in any kind of disguise. People know where he lives. They know where to find him so its something he has to deal with. Most superheroes don’t have to deal with that and can kind of keep it separate.”
Now, On Location Vacations has confirmed that Season 2 began filming on Tuesday 6th June in New York City – more specifically, Broadway Stages in Brooklyn – potentially under the same code name as Season 1: Tiara. For those eagerly awaiting Cage’s return, then, that second season just took a big step closer.
Luke Cage Season 2 to explore hero’s public life
2nd June 2017
Marvel’s Netflix universe continues to build this year, with the crossing over of Hell’s Kitchen’s heroes in The Defenders and the debut of The Punisher’s spin-off series. But work is already afoot on the next phase of the small screen super-stories – and for Luke Cage, the next chapter in his story will see him take on another enemy entirely: publicity.
Luke Cage Season 2 will explore what it’s like to live as a superhero with no secret identity, Mike Colter has revealed. Speaking at Houston’s Comicpalooza, he spoke about how Cage’s public persona will dictate a lot of the show’s direction, as the programme seems to follow up on the Season 1 finale, which teased people coming to Power Man for help.
“It’s something that we’ll explore in the Defenders and hopefully in Season 2 of Cage which I start very soon,” he commented. “It’s very different. He’s out. People know what he looks like. He’s not in any kind of disguise. People know where he lives. They know where to find him so its something he has to deal with. Most superheroes don’t have to deal with that and can kind of keep it separate.”
That theme is inevitable, following the extremely public nature of Season 1’s Diamondback fight, and will come as a relief to comic book fans, with the issue also playing a central part of Luke’s narratives on the page.
Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has also given some hint of what to expect from the show’s second run – using, naturally, music references, as the former music journo builds on the acoustic vibe that was established as such a key part of the series’ identity.
“Just bulletproof dopeness!” he told Mashable. “That’s what I want to maintain. I’m hoping that people continue to really enjoy the flavor of the show, and that it feels like a real Harlem and a real New York, but at the same time, has that Marvel twist — the Marvel twist with Netflix’s reach. That’s really this combination of all those factors that I think made Season 1 really a great ride, and hopefully we can maintain that same feel.
“The analogy I say is that, I want Season 2 to be The Low End Theory. Low End Theory, if you’re a hip hop fan, you know that that’s A Tribe Called Quest’s second record. The first record, Instinctive Travels, was great, but then Low End Theory was the record that everyone says … when they think of A Tribe Called Quest taking it to the next level. That’s my hope for Season 2, is that we have some of the similar sounds, but we go in a deeper direction. So I’m hoping that we avoid the sophomore jinx in that, because we know what we have in Mike, because we know what we have in our cast, that we’re just pushing deeper.”
Music will “always be an important element” of Cage, Coker added. “That’s how I write. I write from the music. I’m not going to quite reveal yet what I’m listening to. I love how these are at least one of the things I wanted my show to feel like. I wanted my show to essentially be what I would call bulletproof Lemonade. It’s almost like a musical tone poem, but it also tells a superhero story.”
Before Luke Cage Season 2, though, Cage will appear in The Defenders this August. Coker also used the Wu-Tang Clan to explain how Power Man will fit into the crossover dynamic.
“It’s like the Wu-Tang,” he added. “You’ve got the Wu-Tang Clan record, which is what The Defenders represents. Say that Luke Cage is Ghostface, say that Jessica Jones is Method Man. It’s like they’re all kind of part of the same clique, but each record sounds different. So that’s really the analogy I would make, is that they acknowledge each other, but they’re not really dependent on each other. But because it’s the same crews, and the same family, the same feel, it’s all interconnected — but it doesn’t mean that one really dictates the direction of the other.”
“So that’s really one of the cool things about it is, as showrunners, we have kind of an open book with each other,” he continued. What’s really cool is that I’ve seen The Defenders, and you guys have to wait!”