LUKE CAGE Showrunner Hopes The Series Isn't Censored Or Shelved Amid Rumors It's Heading To Disney+

LUKE CAGE Showrunner Hopes The Series Isn't Censored Or Shelved Amid Rumors It's Heading To Disney+ LUKE CAGE Showrunner Hopes The Series Isn't Censored Or Shelved Amid Rumors It's Heading To Disney+

Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has expressed concerns following the news that the Marvel Television series is leaving Netflix and likely heading to Disney+. Find his full comments after the jump...

By JoshWilding - Feb 22, 2022 07:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Luke Cage

Earlier this month, we learned that each of the Marvel Television shows on Netflix - meaning everything from Daredevil to Jessica Jones - will leave the streaming service by March 1. There's no word on where they're heading, though Disney+ or Hulu are the most likely destinations. 

The reason we mention Hulu is that these shows aren't exactly "family-friendly" in a lot of ways. As a result, they might not fit in with the content that typically appears on Disney+ (internationally, Star has added everything from Logan to The Walking Dead and the Deadpool movies to the streamer, though that's not currently an option for those in the U.S.). 

Another possibility is that the titles under The Defenders umbrella will undergo edits and censorship, something that's understandably left Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker with his fair share of concerns. "They're going to do what they do. It's theirs," he stated. 

"I just hope they don't sit on it for years to allow for an easier reboot, or re-air it with a different mix, or the N-Word muted." Coker would go on to say he would love to do "commentary tracks" for the series if it does head to Disney+ and expressed an interest in sharing the "original credits" with fans.

In a subsequentt Tweet, he added: "The original credits, before we did our more conventional bumpers, was LUKE CAGE in a yellow American International Pictures/'Tarantino' font. The jogging sequence from 106 was the original opening, with Luke jogging to Bill Withers 'Harlem.'"

We'll let you know when we have news on future plans for these Marvel Television shows. 

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PartyKiller - 2/22/2022, 8:04 AM
The series was not as bad as Iron Fist but it was pretty bad.
MrDandy - 2/22/2022, 9:24 AM
@PartyKiller - nah.
bobevanz - 2/22/2022, 10:38 AM
@MrDandy - yah.
MrDandy - 2/22/2022, 10:57 AM
@bobevanz -
GhostDog - 2/22/2022, 8:07 AM
He should get a film in the eventual reboot. I appreciated the show but it neutered Luke in a lot of ways.
SimplyAz - 2/22/2022, 8:20 AM
@BlackBeltJones -

I'd love to see a movie, after One Night in Miami, I wonder if they could get Regina King

GhostDog - 2/22/2022, 8:30 AM
@SimplyAz - she would be an amazing get. Loved One Night In Miami.
SimplyAz - 2/22/2022, 8:35 AM
@BlackBeltJones -

It definitely stayed with me a few days after I watched it.
GhostDog - 2/22/2022, 8:45 AM
@SimplyAz - It is a very memorable film. The Boston concert scene partially stays with me and how Malcom remembers it
TheSuperMex - 2/22/2022, 10:16 AM
@BlackBeltJones - I need a Luke Cage with the New York attitude.
GhostDog - 2/22/2022, 10:24 AM
@TheSuperMex - THIS

I wasn't a fan of him being a Georgia native. His connection to Harlem and his NY temperament are huge parts of the character. Luke's an OG lol.
VileBlood - 2/22/2022, 8:07 AM
America is still too socially conservative to have adult content on Disney+.
Ha1frican - 2/22/2022, 8:59 AM
@obredaan - That’s why most of it goes to Hulu. They couldn’t put Futurama there despite having Simpsons, so they put it on Hulu. They couldn’t have Deadpool there despite having all the other X-men movies there… so they put them on Hulu lol. Seems like the obvious choice for the Netflix shows
regularmovieguy - 2/22/2022, 9:05 AM
@Ha1frican @obredaan

Has nothing to do with America being socially conservative and has everything to do with how they’ve branded their market over the years.
Ha1frican - 2/22/2022, 9:11 AM
@regularmovieguy - I think it’s a little bit if both. Disney has aligned itself with being family friendly but what we in the US deem family friendly is often more conservative than other countries when it comes to things like sex
AaronianKenrod - 2/22/2022, 9:41 AM
@regularmovieguy - America is the only country (I think) that doesn’t have adult content on Disney+.
regularmovieguy - 2/22/2022, 9:54 AM

I'm just saying: OP made it sound like it's a political maneuver when Disney's market/brand in the US has for the better part of 20 years, child/family friendly.

Not sure those other countries have Hulu either where they can divy up there massive library.
tvor03 - 2/22/2022, 10:15 AM
@regularmovieguy - Disney and family entertainment has been closely linked for a lot longer than 20 years. It’s been Disney’s brand since the beginning, nearly 100 years ago.
regularmovieguy - 2/22/2022, 10:21 AM

Well, yeah. I just meant that this isn't the first time Disney's had subsidiaries to distribute more mature content.
SonOfAGif - 2/22/2022, 11:44 AM
@obredaan - I mean God forbid Disney brands themselves as a family friendly company and heaven forbid parents pay for Disney+ to not have to constantly monitor what their kids want. Imagine if a streaming networked promised kid only shows like Power Rangers and Looney Tunes then suddenly throws up the Shawshank Redemption?
SimplyAz - 2/22/2022, 8:10 AM
Lost its momentum once they killed Cottonmouth and didn't quite recover.
I did like Mustafa Shakir as season 2's villain.

I'd love to see Luke Cage back, maybe have Trevante Rhodes play him

slickrickdesigns - 2/22/2022, 8:14 AM
I thought Luke Cage was the second best defenders series.
Luke Cage
Ally McBeal, (aka Jessica Jones)
Iron Fist (if you cut out all the Danny Rand parts Iron Fist is better than Jessica Jones)
Fares - 2/22/2022, 8:16 AM
Luke Cage was for the most part so good. I liked a lot about it, especially the emphasis on the music.
Of all the Marvel projects we had, it's definitely one of those with a distinct identity.
OmegaDaGrodd - 2/22/2022, 8:16 AM
This was definitely a show that was hurt by the budget, and they still pulled off something pretty cool, even if they reached beyond their grasp with the script at times. Would've loved a 3rd season of this
RitoRevolto - 2/22/2022, 8:20 AM
Don't know how I missed these were leaving Netflix, but I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. Hulu seems like the best choice to avoid ridiculous editing to water down the shows.

Also Recast Luke Cage.
Dannywest - 2/22/2022, 8:22 AM
It was a good show, but sometimes i got tired of Luke being reluctant to be harlems hero, and it had those great Moments like the speech in mariahs safehouse or the héroes for hire episode. Anyways, if the creator has concers about the censorship then it may be worrying.
whynot - 2/22/2022, 8:35 AM
They are definitely cutting the N word if it’s heading to Disney + I don’t think that alone ruins the show.
TheManWithoutFear - 2/22/2022, 8:36 AM
"Them call me Bushmaster"

One of my favourite villains right there.
MrDandy - 2/22/2022, 9:26 AM
@TheManWithoutFear - Bushmaster was great
Ha1frican - 2/22/2022, 8:56 AM
Put. It. On. Hulu.
McMurdo - 2/22/2022, 8:57 AM
His worries are warranted
MrDandy - 2/22/2022, 9:26 AM
First season was really good in the first half but lost momentum after the death of one of the lead villains. Season 2 was pretty darn good all the way through, even with it’s slashed budget, and is one of the stronger Netflix seasons IMO. Not as good as some of their best stuff like Daredevil and JJ season 1, but solid.
TheSuperMex - 2/22/2022, 10:19 AM
I think Luke Cage needs a full on reboot movie. Get someone who can pull off New York vibes.
Tcb97 - 2/22/2022, 12:37 PM
Iknow in the US it works differently because they have HULU, and we in Europe have the Star hub on Disney+, so everything adult is on there. Disney+ in Europe has horror like American Horror Story, Walking Dead, etc. We even have the new Pam & Tommy, which is quite heavy with sexual content. It's all on Disney+ here, so I don't see a problem with Luke Cage coming on here as well.
Lokiwasright - 2/22/2022, 12:54 PM
Netflix shows were awful
Nightwing1015 - 2/22/2022, 2:06 PM
@Lokiwasright - If Daredevil, Punisher and JJ season 1 were awful then I want more awful.
knomad - 2/22/2022, 3:02 PM
The only solo Marvel Netflix show that was "bad" (but still not awful) was Iron Fist. DD, Jessica Jones, Punisher and even Luke Cage were pretty good. They were all way better than Inhumans, which actually Was MCU.

Marvel Studios already stole/borrowed soo much from IronFist for the Shang Chi movie. Shang is definitely Not the character as he was for most of his Marvel history; and the whole "secret mystical city" thing was a total steal.

They've already appropriated DD and Kingpin. I hope they manage to do something with Luke, Jessica, Frank and maybe even Misty and Colleen.
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