Fans will get to finally see showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker's labor of love when Luke Cage debuts on Netflix on September later this month. With the premiere date approaching, questions about Cage's popular Heroes for Hire team have started to pop up more frequently, and Coker went about setting the record straight.
In an interview with Decider, Coker revealed the bad news first.
"Now in my mind — we don’t go into Heroes for Hire in Season One of Luke Cage — Luke Cage Season One is ultimately about the evolution of a hero. I think what’s appealing about Luke is the fact that he’s just somebody who’s just your normal, average guy. He presents himself that way. He’s not pretentious, but then at the same time, feels a responsibility to kind of push forward."
While Cage and Iron Fist (played by Finn Jones) won't be uniting in season 1, that doesn't rule out an appearance under the popular title in season 2, but Coker wants to make sure there will be a season 2 before he gives away any future plans.
"Well, I mean Finn Jones will be in the mix for The Defenders. In terms of Luke Cage, Netflix has to order a second season first. And trust me, I don’t take any of this for granted because I mean there was no more sure thing than Vinyl (ed note: HBO‘s drama was canceled after one season)."
"We’re not treating it as a one-off, and I’m confident people will dig the show, but, trust me, like Season Two, I’ve got a few ideas. But we really won’t get ready until Netflix sees the viewership, and hopefully the subscriptions that will come from this show, and then they’ll say, “Let’s get into it.”
From the quality of the first seven episodes, a second season seems highly likely, and perhaps by then we'll finally see that Heroes for Hire sign in the window.