Luke Cage Is Not Bulletproof For Netflix. They Cancel The Show.
Perhaps the most significant intersection of Hip-Hop and superheroes on the small screen, Luke Cage‘s run at Netflix has come to an end. Ahead of the weekend, the streaming giant and show-maker announced that the series has ended after two seasons.
“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series,” Netflix said in a statement published by The Wrap.
The series followed the bulletproof title character, known for his Marvel legacy dating back to the early 1970s. The series was set in present-day Harlem. The new “Luke Cage” (played by actor Mike Colter) appeared in episodes of Jessica Jones, with the series following in 2016.
The news follows cancellation of Iron Fist. It is unclear if the “Luke Cage” character will make appearances in other Netflix series from the Marvel universe, such as Jessica Jones. That series, Daredevil, and The Punisher are all actively running new episodes. Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard also starred in the series.
With Hip-Hop journalist, editor, and author Cheo Hodari Coker serving as creator and showrunner, Luke Cage had many cultural cues. Season 1’s episode titles were re-purposed Gang Starr song names. Meanwhile, the final Netflix season of the show upheld that tradition with Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth. The series was scored by A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Ali Shaheed Muhammad as well as PRhyme and Ghostface Killah affiliate Adrian Younge. The show also featured new music from the likes of Rakim and Method Man.
Previously, Netflix canceled another Hip-Hop-inspired series. The Getdown, which boasted Nas among its producers, chronicled the earliest days of Hip-Hop in the Bronx, New York. Airing in 2016, the series’ plug was pulled after one season. Yesterday (October 19), Netflix premiered season 2 of Hip-Hop Evolution. The docu-series is hosted by Canadian Rap artist Shad and covers history and movements within the culture.