In the second part of our interview with the creator of Marvel’s “Luke Cage” series on Netflix, Cheo Hodari Coker shares when he first began reading comics and if there is any possibility of his hero meeting with the King of Wakanda.
“I first got into comics when I was eleven and discovered Luke Cage when I was 12 or 13. I was more into X-Men,” he says. “That whole post-Dark Phoenix era of X-Men is what I was into, but of course I went back to read back issues.”
Once Coker got into “Daredevil” he became introduced to the heroes for hire, who were acting as bodyguards to Matt Murdock.
“He was like Shaft with super powers,” he says of the comic Cage. “He definitely had a blaxploitation feel but he was very grounded hero. I can’t say that I was obsessed with him…it’s not like he was fighting Galactus. The stakes were relatively small. But there was always kind of a potential for him as a character.”
After appearing in the “Jessica Jones” series, Luke Cage definitely comes into his own throughout the 13 episodes of his Netflix show and the timing of it couldn’t be better. In a year of wish fulfillment comic fans got the first look at The Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, played by Chadwick Boseman. The two ebony heroes have crossed paths several times in the comics, so what is the likely hood of them meeting up on the small or large screen?
“I would love that, but that goes on a corporate and much higher level than I even have the opportunity to address,” Coker says. “But at the same time what’s cool is that we are part of the same extended family. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Ryan Coogler and Chadwick and those guys come up with for Black Panther… It’s just a great time to be a fan boy and a great time to work for Marvel. I’m just happy overall that we can have this conversation and it’s serious and not just a fantasy.”
Keep checking back for more of our interview with Luke Cage’s creator Cheo Hodari Coker.