Netflix's Luke Cage Creator Voices Censorship Concerns Amid Disney+ Rumors

By Russ Milheim Posted:
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In mid-February, Netflix announced that it would be losing the streaming rights to all of its Marvel shows by the end of the month. This would include its original slate of series, which made up an entire Marvel era in and of themselves. DaredevilJessica JonesLuke Cage, and Iron Fist will all be finding a new home. The only problem is: nobody knows where that'll be.

One of the biggest roadblocks that keep them from making a simple switch over to Disney+ is the content held within. The Netflix shows were always meant to be for a mature audience; it's part of what separated them from the other MCU projects, aside from being television series.

That sadly doesn't mix with the service Disney+ tends to be, nor does it match the image Disney has classically tried to stick with. People getting their heads smashed in by car doors doesn't really fit the family-friendly narrative.

Well, now the creator of Netflix's Luke Cage has taken to Twitter to share censorship concerns when it comes to the shows possibly hitting the mouse's streaming platform.

Coker Speaks On Censorship

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With all of Netflix's Marvel shows moving off of their original platform, the question of where they'll land next is looming large. One of the most likely possibilities is Disney+, a largely family-friendly service. This has led to speculation that if shows like Daredevil or Punisher do make their way over, they might have to go through some censoring to fit the brand.

These concerns have now been voiced by Luke Cage's creator, Cheo Hodari Coker, who recently posted his thoughts on Twitter.

The showrunner mentioned how he hopes that Disney doesn't "[re-air] it with a different mix, or the N-Word muted:"

"Rewatching Luke Cage while I can on Netflix. They're going to do what they do. It's theirs. I just hope they don't sit on it for years to allow for an easier reboot, or re-air it with a different mix, or the N-Word muted. I'd love to do commentary tracks, or the original credits."

Will Luke Cage See Some Changes

To be clear, censorship isn't confirmed—that part is all speculation on everyone's account. But it is a legitimate worry, given the content in these former Netflix shows. Seeing how they're big names for Marvel, their move over to Disney+ is even more likely; joining the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems like the next step even if their MCU canonicity is still up in the air.

With Charlie Cox's Daredevil showing up in Spider-Man: No Way Home, along with Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin in Hawkeye, many fans have been returning to those worlds to re-live their original adventures. Marvel Studios is undoubtedly trying its hardest to find a way to put Daredevil, at the very least, within the rest of the MCU collection; the others would (probably) tag along.

Some signs have recently suggested that Disney+ could be working to allow for more mature content to hit the service. There are also those promised R-Rated MCU films, which would be odd to see live on another service as an outlier.

Fans will just have to wait to see how the events unfold. At the very least, everyone can rest easy knowing that they'll end up landing somewhere—eventually.

- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.