Luke Cage might not be alone in Harlem. The bulletproof superhero will meet up with some other characters from Netflix’s collection of Marvel shows in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1, but producers want to keep the reveal a surprise.
Executive producer Jeph Loeb was asked about the possibility of Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) running into Luke (Mike Colter). After all, they were together on “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 1. “I don’t want to address that yet,” Loeb told Entertainment Weekly. “I’d like people to experience the show.”
However, he did explain the type of crossovers the new drama will avoid. When asked if more major character will crossover, Loeb said it’s happening, but it’s in a way that contributes to the story arc.
“The short answer is we’re already doing it,” Loeb revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour (via the Hollywood Reporter). “The longer answer is, as things go by, as the story dictates it, we’re always big fans of providing easter eggs but it has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage getting into a cab and Foggy Nelson [Eldon Henson] and Matt Murdock [Charlie Cox] are getting out of the cab.”
“Jessica Jones” showrunner Melissa Rosenberg gave a similar answer about crossovers when she talked to International Business Times in April. “You don’t want Charlie Cox [who plays Daredevil] to just walk on and say ‘Hi, I’m here to give you this wise piece of advice and walk away.’ That’s a waste of his energy, his character, his talents and a lot of money,” Rosenberg explained.
Of course, there are plenty of storylines with other superheroes that could make sense in “Luke Cage” Season 1. The character already has a connection to Jessica, but comic book fans know that Luke is good friends with Danny Rand (Finn Jones), the star of “Marvel’s Iron Fist.” Colter teased in January that he’d already discovered who was playing the last member of the Defenders before an announcement had been made. Was he in the know because he works for Marvel or because Danny made an appearance on his show? Fans will have to watch to find out.
“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1 premieres Sept. 30 on Netflix.