The trailer for the upcoming Luke Cage series from Marvel and Netflix was released at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. To say that I am excited for this show is an understatement. I was a big fan of the first two seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Luke Cage actually appeared in the latter series and though his origins where touched upon, by the end we still didn’t know much about him. That all looks to change as Luke Cage gets his own series and going (back) to Harlem.
Few details have been revealed as to what the actual series is going to be about. All the creative talent behind the show have said is that a “necessary evil” will bring out the hero in Cage. During his appearances in Jessica Jones, Luke was a hesitant hero. He would do the right thing but he preferred to remain under the radar…he is a wanted man after all. So what brings him out into the spotlight?
Mahershala Ali plays the main antagonist Cornell Stokes. Stokes’ counterpart in the comics is the drug kingpin Cottonmouth who is known for his razor sharp teeth. Though Ali does not have those teeth he definitely looks to be wearing some sort of prosthetics. Then there is Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, a local politician. Her comics counterpart is Black Mariah but they are taking that character in a different direction. Her cousin is Stokes so are they in cahoots with one another? Dillard claims to be wanting to clean up Harlem but her cousin and Cage are throwing her plans in turmoil.
What makes this show unique is that it is unequivocally a black and brown show. Harlem is known for its black population. This show does not look to be shying away from that either. Of all the cast members revealed, only one so far is white and he is a cop at that. The showrunner Cheo Coker, is a black man. Luke Cage wants to help Harlem through being a superhero. During this superhero boom in film and television, we have never had a show like this one.
The song that played during the trailer is “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Ali Shaheed Muhammad of legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest is co-scoring the show. The show is not backing away from black culture. Luke Cage looks to be carving its own unique place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The series drops in full on September 30th on Netflix. I will be watching 1st 12:01 am that day.