The sights and sounds of Harlem often take center stage in the world of Netflix's Luke Cage, and the man behind Power Man says that the next season will take the audible mix to the next level.
Mike Colter told reporters at SDCC 2017 that he and showrunner Cheo Coker have been hard at work -- even if work just includes chilling and listening to Pandora -- to make sure the vibe they set is just right.
"Season 2 has another feel to it," Colter said. "Music is going to be great. I can't wait for it. Some of the musical guests that we have on are just incredible.
"I mean, one time, I was shooting this other scene and simultaneously they were shooting something else, they came over and told me, 'Oh yeah, yeah. You gotta come and hear this band.' And I'm like, nobody ever told me what the band's name was, and I find out after the fact, I almost lost my mind. I'm going, 'I love those guys.'
"So, I can only tell you that we have a wonderful musical feel that's coming for Season 2, and I do have some input, but how we sort of came to this whole musical genre for Season 2 was Cheo had come to my home for a birthday party, and we were sitting there listening to a certain type of music and we looked at each other, and I was like, 'You know what, there has not been one bad song.'"
As for what to expect on-screen when Luke Cage releases, it is still a lot of speculation.
There are theories that, based on some audition tape material - Luke Cage could change a bit of Marvel Canon and give Luke a sister, instead of a brother, as it is in the comics.
Luke's family (mom and sibling) became estranged when he goes to prison; Luke Cage Season 2 could have that family reunion as a way of fleshing out Luke's backstory and character - and having a sister would certainly add a new character dynamic to the show.
Speculation gets a little wilder when it gets to the Marvel Comics history of Luke Cage's brother: he got superpowers from a supervillain called Coldfire - who is already set to appear in Jessica Jones Season 2. So, the more wild theory is that the two heroes (who actually become a couple and co-parents of a daughter in the comics) could have intersecting sophomore seasons of their respective shows. If Luke Cage season 2 also has some sort of Heroes for Hire kick-off, then it will quickly become one of our most anticipated Marvel events of next year.
For his part, Colter didn't help clear up the confusion.
"Luke has gotta atone for ... not atoning for his sins," he said. "He's just dealing with the judicial system that in America we know is very complicated. But eventually you have to sort of deal with that. You have to sort of face the music.
"Luke was wrongfully incarcerated. So he's been running from that. Now he's going to deal with that to get that monkey off his back and now he's going to go out there with a whole new outlook on life. Because now he doesn't have to ... Once he gets that out of his system and he's changed, now he can have a normal life, and that's a huge deal for him. New Luke Cage coming out of Defenders in season 2. We're just changing things up, man. It's going to be quite a journey for him."