Since Luke Cage made his debut on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, will the superstrong heroine return the favor on Netflix’s upcoming Luke Cage?
The new series, which stars Mike Colter in the titular role, tells the story of a man who becomes a fugitive antihero after a botched experiment endows him with superhuman abilities. The series takes place after the events of Jessica Jones, in which Luke shared a heated sexual relationship with Jessica (Krysten Ritter) before learning she killed his wife.
Alas, executive producer and Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb is staying mum on whether Jessica will make her way to Luke Cage. “I don’t want to address that yet,” he told EW following the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Wednesday. “I’d like people to experience the show.”
“What I can tell you is that the way that you saw Luke and Jessica is very much from Jessica’s point of view,” Loeb continued. “And it needed to be that way; it’s Jessica’s story. So, you don’t get to see where he goes when he’s not with her. He exists within her world. What’s so exciting for us about this is we now get 13 hours of seeing what his world is and where it goes. There are a couple of things that I think after people watch this show, they’ll go back and watch Jessica Jones and go, ‘Oh, that’s what he was talking about,’ or ‘That’s why he was behaving that particular way.’ That’s the thing that’s really so cool.”
In the comics, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage get married and have a child, though it’s unclear whether the series plans to go down the same route. “Anything is possible,” Loeb said. “The truth is, if that happens, it’s a long time from now, because we have a lot of stories to tell. At the end of the day, that’s really up to Netflix in terms of how many more stories are we going to get to tell? I like to think each season is very much its own graphic novel, so we’re not necessarily beholden to any particular timeline, but what we are trying to do is to tell a story that if you really want to play that game, you can figure out this happened and that happened next.”
As for other characters who have appeared on Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Loeb is open to more crossovers — so long as they don’t become gratuitous. “We have seen some characters that have appeared and crossed over, most notably is Rosario Dawson, who continues the character of Claire Temple,” Loeb said. “We’re already doing it. As things go by, as the story dictates it, we’ve always been big fans of providing Easter eggs for our fans, but we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. Yes, you get to see our characters interact with each other.”
One thing is certain: Jessica and Luke will eventually team up with Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and the soon-to-be-introduced Iron Fist (Finn Jones) in the upcoming superhero team-up The Defenders. Watch a first teaser for The Defenders below: