Fans are diving into Marvel's latest Netflix series Luke Cage right about now, but there is one creator who isn't in such a rush to see it.
That creator happens to be Quentin Tarantino, and his apathy for the series doesn't have anything to do with the character or actors, but specifically the timeframe in which the show is based. Tarantino told Yahoo's Khail Anonymous about his brief chance to work with the character early in his career.
“I’m a huge fan. I had even considered, after Reservoir Dogs, doing a Luke Cage movie. But I ended up doing Pulp Fiction instead. So I think I might have made the right choice.”
While Tarantino is a huge fan of Cage, he is specifically a fan of the 1970's version of the hero and isn't so thrilled that they show takes place in modern day.
“Well, frankly, to tell you the truth, I might be one of the pains in their asses because I love the way the character was presented so much in the ’70s,” Tarantino admitted. “I’m not really that open to a rethinking on who he was. I just think that first issue, that origin issue … was so good, and it was really Marvel’s attempt to try to do a blacksploitation movie vibe as one of their superhero comics. And I thought they nailed it. Absolutely nailed it. So, just take that Issue 1 and put it in script form and do that. The Luke Cage: Hero for Hire era … that’s the era.”
Luke Cage is set in the present day, alongside the other Netflix heroes Daredevil and Jessica Jones, and while Iron Fist will most likely have plenty of references to the past, Danny Rand will also be in the present as part of the supergroup Defenders project.
While it isn't set in the 70's, there are some excellent references to classic elements from the books as the series goes on. You can read our review of the first seven episodes here.
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city - forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.
Luke Cage is now available on Netflix.