The countdown has begun, as we are only a few days away from the formal introduction of the next live-action Marvel hero with Luke Cage. Marvel has established a new tradition that began with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, dropping entire seasons of entertainment featuring characters from the grittier side of their universe. Within the next two years we will be getting series centered on The Defenders and The Punisher, so get ready for a series of superhero beatdowns.
The advanced word on Luke Cage has been stellar, with many claiming that it may be the best Marvel/Netflix series yet. However, with only four days until its release, we will all be able to judge for ourselves soon. Fortunately, the final trailer for the series was released this morning and it delivers on the action and dramatic beats that had been missing from previous looks.
Luke Cage has the potential to break outside of the “comic book” mold, as the series has always been meant to be Marvel’s version of The Wire. Cheo Hodari Coker (Ray Donovan) has intended to give the series a slice of realism, that is accentuated with real world music and circumstances that will ultimately distinguish the property from anything to come before it. You might as well cancel your plans this weekend. Because this series is what binge watching was made for.
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.
Mike Colter plays the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage and is joined by Mahershala Ali (Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes), Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Theo Rossi (Shades), Frank Whaley (Rafael Scarfe) and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple).
Marvel’s Luke Cage is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (SouthLAnd, Ray Donovan) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.
Luke Cage will be available on Netflix on September 30th, 2016.