Tuesday, June 18, 2024

‘Luke Cage’ Creator Issues Joking Response to Show’s Lack of White Villains | VIDEO

Luke Cage cast - Photo: Netflix/Marvel Studios
Luke Cage cast – Photo: Netflix/Marvel Studios

*During its time on the small screen, Marvel Television’s “Luke Cage” was a bright spot among fans of Netflix’s Marvel Knights programming.

Yet, in the eyes of one fan, the series had one major flaw he could not get past. A lack of white villains resulted in the character taking on more villains of color.

“Obviously, Luke Cage was created in the 1970s, but did y’all [peep] how the Marvel series depicted him having to fight more Black people to save Harlem than white villains?” the fan wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter), adding, “I did.”

Taking note of the criticism, “Luke Cage” creator Cheo Hodari Coker responded jokingly to the fan, saying, “I was trying to keep Black people gainfully employed. LOL. Just saying.”

Coker may not have planned it, but his tweet struck a nerve with X users who made their approval known, according to Complex. As of Feb. 1, the former music journalist’s post generated 100,000 likes and 11 million views.

“Can’t believe how viral this went,” Coker wrote.

The critical fan wasn’t the only X user drawing Coker’s attention. In another exchange the other user voiced his support for the TV writer and producer, voicing what would happen if the Luke Cage character only dealt with white villains.

“If [Cage] was only fighting white people, they would complain that there are too many white folks in Harlem,” the X user wrote.

“A white person didn’t have a speaking part for 13 minutes and major dialogue until minute 29,” Coker replied. “People actually complained. Scarfe’s scene in the club got cut, so it wasn’t even intentional.”

Based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name, “Luke Cage” was Marvel’s third series to stream on Netflix. Starring Mike Colter as the titular character, the show centered on Cage, a former convict who fights crime and corruption in Harlem after acquiring super strength and unbreakable skin in an experiment.

In addition to Colter, Luke Cage,” which ran for two seasons, from 2016 to 2018, featured Rosario Dawson, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Erik LaRay Harvey, and Alfre Woodard, among others.

After Netflix officially canceled the show on October 19, 2018, over creative differences during the development of its third season, “Luke Cage” was picked up years later by Disney+, where episodes can currently be streamed.

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