Every Episode of Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ TV Show Is Named After a Gang Starr Song
The hip-hop and comic book worlds have long been intertwined. Now, Marvel's upcoming Luke Cage Netflix series is set to feature music from Wu-Tang Clan, and every episode will be named after a Gang Starr song.
This has gotta be one of the coolest hip-hop/comic book overlaps to date. Actor Mike Colter will play the role of Luke Cage - the first time a Black superhero has led a Marvel series or movie. Executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker explained the selection process for the lead role at Comic-Con in San Diego, Calif. last week.
Coker told a crowd at Comic-Con, "When I think about what’s going on in the world right now, the world is ready for a bulletproof black man." The former journalist went on to describe the essence of Luke Cage, which premieres Sept. 30 on Netflix. He said, "It’s what I call the Wu Tang-ification of the Marvel universe."
In another case of the hip-hop and comic book worlds colliding, Marvel dropped a bunch of ill hip-hop variant covers in 2015. From Spiderman x Nas, to Ant-Man x Biggie to Wu-Tang x Squadron Supreme, Marvel got mad creative and came up with incredible finished products.
Another major hip-hop/comic book crossover occurred in April 2015, when 50 Cent - always looking for the next business opportunity - joined forces with Marvel Comics. SMS Audio partnered with both Marvel and Reebok at the time.
You can check out the dope trailer for Luke Cage, which features Ol' Dirty Bastard's classic song "Shimmy Shimmy Ya," above via YouTube. Keep it locked to XXL for more Marvel / Luke Cage news.
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