We now have a showrunner and writer for Marvel’s Luke Cage, the third show of Netflix’s four series order. Who is this individual? Here are some resume bulletpoints:
- Started off as a journalist before writing the script for the rap biopic Notorious in 2009
- Was a supervising producer and writer on the award winning show Southland (his writing earned him a 2013 NAACP Image Award)
- Has written some episodes of Ray Donovan, NCIS: Los Angeles and Almost Human (while acting as either a co-executive or supervising/consulting producer on some of these episodes)
Yes, Cheo Hodari Coker has indeed been chosen to helm the Netflix series, which also stars Mike Colter as the title character. I’m in the midst of watching Southland, which is a fantastic show, so this is an exciting choice. So far the leads of these Netflix series are as diverse as those working the other side of the camera, with Melissa Rosenberg as the showrunner for Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones and now Cheo Hodari Coker behind Marvel’s Luke Cage. This can’t be said for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe which still has us waiting for an LGBT, female, or PoC lead. But what people don’t bring up is the lack of diversity behind the screen: the directors.
However, the real challenge for Marvel will come with the casting of Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, the subject of their fourth series for Netflix. The character has previously been depicted as white, despite drawing from Asian cultures for his backstory and abilities. Hopefully Marvel will cast an Asian American as Danny Rand. As The Nerds of Colour discussed, making him Asian doesn’t take away from the overall story but it does get rid of the white saviour rhetoric. WWAC staffer, Desiree, has discussed the Danny Rand issue in her piece looking at Marvel’s lack of diversity and cultural appropriation with characters like Iron Fist and Doctor Strange. Time will tell and Marvel still has time until their casting pick.
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