Luke Cage: “Jessica Jones is not his origin story”

Melissa Rosenberg on why there’s more to come from Luke Cage

While Jessica Jones is Marvel’s next show in the offing, we won’t have to wait too long for a follow-up, as Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter) will be getting his own series, helmed by Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland, Notorious). Although as Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg tells it, plans for Cage’s inclusion had been planned for a while.

“It was a very funny thing, because we were long at work on Luke before Cheo came on board,” says Rosenberg. “It was very delicate, because you’re in this frame of creating a character for another show, and we wanted to be very respectful of whatever he wanted to do.”

“And so what we had though, before even Cheo came was we had Jeph Loeb, who is the head of Marvel Television. He was very clear about Luke’s… the boundaries of the storytelling. Okay, his whole origin story, that’s for his show, so we’re not going to tell it on our show. This is not what our story is about, Luke and Jessica, it’s a story about Jessica. So he really helped us define Luke a great deal.”

With the characters’ destinies seemingly linked, we posed the question as to what the chances were of Luke Cage playing host to Jessica in a similar manner that her show has featured him. “I hope I would have involvement! I feel very proprietory about her. But, you know, I think we’ll see what happens. So far that has not come up yet.”

Jessica Jones will air on Netflix from 20 November. You can find out more about the characters and the comics that inspired them by picking up the latest edition of 100 All-Time Greatest Comics.