Well, you learn something new everyday.
It's been a couple years since Marvel and Netflix first announced that they would be bringing Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist to the small screen. It's 2016, and over the past year-plus, we've seen two seasons of Daredevil and one season of Jessica Jones. Naturally, we are now expecting Luke Cage.
When it was first announced, that's the order I expected. Luke Cage has a romantic history in the comics with Jessica Jones, and it seemed natural they'd introduce the character there before spinning off into his own series. I guess it's sheer luck that I managed to be right on that account, but what I didn't realize was that Luke Cage's involvement in Jessica Jones is directly responsible for the Luke Cage series' upcoming September 30 release date.
Speaking with Complex, Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Coker stated that the fast-tracking of the series came only after the character was so well-received by fans in Jessica Jones:
“Marvel went from, ‘We’re gonna take our time’ to ‘Let’s flip it and do Luke Cage first.' 'We’ve got this great concept and this guy is leaping off the screen, let’s follow the momentum.’”
This is a bit of a surprising development, as Luke Cage is the more grounded and easier to grasp of the two (the other being Iron Fist), and as such, it would make sense that Marvel would do everything they could to ground the universe before throwing a unique wrench like Iron Fist into the mix. Now, with three solid series under their belt, even the most skeptical of fans will likely be more open to the idea of Iron Fist.
What do you think? Are you surprised that Luke Cage's appearance in Jessica Jones had such an effect on the release schedule? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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