“You’ve got one shot to encapsulate a character with a pose that’s provocative and that you hope will someday be iconic," says Joe Quesada, comic book artist and Marvel Entertainment’s chief creative officer, in an interview with TV Insider. He's the man behind the poster for Netflix's Luke Cage, which, by the way, is total perfection, especially considering its serious '90s hip-hop vibe. The poster was released exclusively on TV Insider Monday morning, and I'm pretty sure it's safe to say the artwork he has created does just what Quesada he had hoped it would. The simple poster, a yellow outline against a black background with two other splashes of of color (the red and white of "Marvel" and "Netflix") says a whole lot with very little.
The style is reminiscent of albums like the similarly colored record from the Fugees, The Score, or Dr. Dre's 1999 album 2001 with its incredibly simple artwork. Not only does his strong stance make it look like he's about to launch into battle, but it also totally harkens back to the power often discussed often in '90s hip hop. It seriously gives you a sense of the command and control that the indestructible Marvel hero Luke Cage radiated in every scene in Jessica Jones, and that he is sure to radiate when leading his own Netflix series.
The new series comes from showrunner and writer Cheo Hodari Coker and stars Mike Colter reprising his character from Jessica Jones as the title role. The cast also comes with a new set of characters to the Marvel universe: Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, and Rosario Dawson getting her Claire Temple crossover from Daredevil back on.
The '90s vibe is not just limited to the poster. Ali Shaheed Muhammad of the popular '90s rap trio A Tribe Called Quest is working on the score in collaboration with Adrian Younge, a composer who is popular for his nostalgic-styled hits. And to top it off, showrunner Coker claimed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “It’s very sophisticated. I mean, it’s got a ’90s hip-hop vibe, but it’s really forward-thinking."
Coker went on to say in the interview that the show isn't just '90s hip hop, "We have a lot of different musical appearances, but at the same time, we’ve got the Marvel action. We’ve got drama. I would like this to be, I mean, I know this is heavy but, The Wire of Marvel television, because we really deal with a lot of different issues.” The poster, with its quiet strength, is the perfect choice to convey this sort of message.
Luke Cage premieres on Netflix September 30, so we have to wait a little longer until we can officially confirm whether or not the '90s hip hop vibe carries through. But don't worry, there is plenty of Marvel content to amuse yourself until then.
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