While some of Netflix’s Marvel shows reached three seasons, Luke Cage was one of the exceptions, ending with just two. Former showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has revealed what that third season would have looked like.
When Disney announced its streaming service in late 2018, fans knew it would be a matter of time before all of the Marvel shows on Netflix came to an end. Daredevil and Jessica Jones were immediate critical and commercial hits and managed to last three seasons. However, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher concluded after only two seasons each.
Luke Cage and Iron Fist both ended with solid moments that could double as cliffhangers as well as finales (Iron Fist more so). Luke Cage concluded with the titular character, played by Mike Colter, filling the void of former businesswoman-turned-gangster Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard), presumably converting to the dark side.
Actress Simone Missick, who played Lt. Misty Knight, already spoke about her feelings in regard to the abrupt ending of Luke Cage. Now former showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has come forward, revealing new details about the third season that never was.
Speaking to Syfy Wire, Coker stated, “…what I can say is that we had a very good season planned, and it was one that I think would have brought Luke Cage as a character full circle. You see people online that were like, ‘Oh my god, I turned Luke into a gangster.’ They wouldn’t be [saying that] if they had the opportunity to see all three seasons and see the directions Luke would have gone.”
Though Coker can’t give away exact details on the planned season — or the abrupt cancellation — he did state that they had already planned out 13 episodes for season three and had completed several scripts by the time Netflix announced that the show was canceled. Coker seems to blame the early demise of the series on the creative disputes between Marvel and Netflix.
Colter has since moved on and is now a lead in the CBS supernatural drama Evil, but he has expressed interested in resuming the role of Luke Cage in future MCU projects. Fans are hoping the group of street heroes, collectively known as The Defenders, will eventually end up back in the MCU down the road.
Rumors have been circulating for months that Charlie Cox’s Daredevil could possibly make an appearance in the upcoming Spider-Man sequel, acting as Peter Parker’s counsel following his public outing via Mysterio. There have also been reports of Krysten Ritter reprising her role as Jessica Jones for Captain Marvel 2, which would be a nice touch, seeing as how they are close friends in the comics.
Here’s to hoping Colter’s Luke gets at least a cameo alongside Ritter’s Jessica, since they eventually get married, have a child and become one of Marvel’s powerhouse couples in the comics.