Season 1, Episode 8
Mike Colter / Simone Missick / Lucasfilm / Valiant Comics
Kevin and Greg interview Mike Colter and Simone Missick from Luke Cage. Later, Kevin tours Lucasfilm and Tiffany is on set of Valiant's "new project."
In the fan cave, Kevin says that villains in the Marvel TV shows are stronger than they are in the movies. Gushing about David Tennant in Jessica Jones, Kevin says the Purple Man is "sublime, one of the greatest Marvel villains ever committed to media." Tiffany loves the through-lines of the different Marvel shows that keep them connected, like Rosario Dawson's character who appears in Daredevil, Jessica Jones and now, as Kevin spoils, Luke Cage.
Greg and Kevin introduce the stars of Luke Cage, Mike Colter and Simone Missick. Kevin asks how they prepared for their role, and Missick said she never really got the chance to read the comics ahead of her portrayal of Misty Knight, because Jeph Loeb, executive vice president of Marvel TV, told her to never go to a comic book store since it would spoil that she plays the character. Kevin asks if there was ever a point when they were hesitant about playing comic book characters. Colter nods in agreement, but Missick says she grew up watching women action stars and she was excited to do her own stunts. Colter says, "I like to play characters that wear suits and go into offices and sit down and have conversations." Greg is impressed that Colter needed to be able to take punches and weapons during Luke Cage without flinching. Colter says there was one time where he was supposed to be hit with a baseball bat but it broke off and hit him in the face. Missick shares that she accidentally punched someone in the face on set too -- however, she asserts the stuntman said she "executed the stunt properly."
Kevin says that Luke Cage felt like a Western to him. Colter asserts that Cage is in a strange place as a superhero to be invincible. But Cage just wants a job, love and a relationship with someone. He's the kind of person who doesn't want to get involved with something that doesn't involve him. Kevin asks if it's hard to be a standard bearer for people who will finally see themselves represented in these new heroes. "There's a little bit of it, but I could not think about that," Missick says. She knows that people have loved Misty Knight for longer than she's been alive, but she just focuses on the fact that she's a good actor who tries to make three-dimensional characters. "There's a very important image that we've seen in the trailer of a black man in a hoodie getting shot repeatedly and not falling to the ground, something that unfortunately rarely happens in real life. So by virtue of that, the show becomes politicized," Kevin says. Colter says that they don't want to be heavy-handed, that it's a Marvel show and entertainment first, and Luke is taking bullets for everybody regardless of race. Kevin then geeks out about the small moment in the trailer that nods to fans about Luke Cage's iconic outfit with the yellow shirt, which he's happy he saw come to life, if only for a few seconds.
Later, Kevin, Greg and Tiffany talk about the surprising amount of sex in these superhero shows. "Sex is how people with powers seem to be finding each other," Greg says. Tiffany says it was only one case in TV so far, and Kevin jokes, "In Greg's mind, they're all on Tinder swiping left and right just trying to [screw] each other."
Kevin visits Lucasfilm/Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco to meet up with Greg Grusby, the director of PR and communications at ILM. Kevin meets a droid who roams the hallways of ILM and he says, "Why isn't life like this, where robots just walk around?" Grusby gives a tour of the studio, showing off iconic artwork from the Star Wars franchise. Kevin chats with Dave Filoni, the executive producer of Star Wars Rebels. He says he's been working in the Star Wars universe for about 12 years. Kevin says that there's a lot of connectivity between the film and television universes, and remarks that Filoni's take on the Star Wars prequels may have rescued the movies for a lot of people.
Kevin then takes a tour of the ILM side of the studio, checking out statues, models, props and effects from the hundreds of movies ILM has worked on. Kevin gets an education in Star Wars effects from John Knoll, the senior visual effects supervisor, who shows Kevin the many car model kits that were used to inform the spaceships of Star Wars. Knoll tells Kevin about how he pitched the idea for Rogue One over the years, and then how he "accidentally" created Photoshop on the side.
Tiffany goes to visit the production team behind Super Power Beat Down, which is now working on a series based on the Valiant comic character Ninjak. She talks with Michael Rowe, who plays Ninjak, a man who has studied ancient martial arts and adapted into an evolved superhuman fighter. Aaron and Sean Schoenke, the creators of Bat in the Sun Productions and Super Power Beat Down, share that viewers will get to see a little more of the Valiant characters in the new series. Tiffany speaks with Alvin Hsing, the fight coordinator behind Ninjak and Super Power Beat Down, who shows Tiffany the choreography of a ninja fight scene. After blocking and rehearsing, Tiffany shoots a costumed fight scene with two stuntmen.
"Well done!" Greg says back at the fan cave when Tiffany shows them a video of her fight. Tiffany explains how the team made her look like she knew what she was doing.