Marvel and Netflix have some real decisions to make as to the future of the MCU on the Netflix platform, especially in deciding how to maintain the “realness” and grittiness of their series’. While ‘Daredevil’ did not include too much fantasy, aside from the powers of Matt Murdock himself, which visually we only saw once early on in the season, the powers of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist all require a bit more suspension of disbelief. Especially in the case of Luke Cage, who not only has super-strength, but also unbreakable skin (similar to Superman), which definitely makes him a character far different than your average human being.
We saw Matt Murdock/ Daredevil get beaten, bloodied, bruised, and just about broken, which helped us relate to the character and his journey. I do not see that happening with Luke Cage, as he will be able to take beating FAR better than Daredevil. However, star Mike Colter claims that they are still striving to stay as realistic as possible despite the fantastic elements. Speaking to ‘Comic Book.com’ recently, he stated:
“What I really liked about it is that this was going to be grounded no matter what. We weren’t going to do something that was going to be ‘wow, I can’t believe this.’ It’s not where it’s a real fantasy situation and you can’t believe what you’re seeing. There are superpowers, but for the most part I think less is more, and it seems like you’re dealing with people who are trying to be low key. I really like the idea that I’m not wearing a costume. I’m a street-level hero and I’m trying to work on saving the community. That’s what it is. It’s really grounded, and I’m really happy about that.”
What are your thoughts here? Can they be realistic with a man impervious to damage? Share your opinions in the comments below!