Want an idea of what we’re going to see in Netflix’s upcoming Luke Cage series? Let’s take a closer look at some of what was revealed in the trailer…
Luke Cage is the latest superhero to get the Netflix television treatment and we couldn’t be happier. Let’s take a look at five things that were spoiled from the full-length trailer, as we grooved out to Isaac Hayes’ “Walk on By.”
1) We’ll finally get a look at Luke Cage’s origin story.
“I was put in some tank like an exotic fish… Came out with abilities…” While the details of Luke Cage’s origin story have thus far been a mystery to viewers, we can see that his unique abilities are tied to unnatural experimentation. Cage isn’t the first hero to emerge as a result of mad science (how many times have we seen a superhero step out of a fresh chemical bath?), but we can be sure the circumstances that put him there will be unique to Luke’s story. Who knows? Perhaps it could be tied to the same process that created Jessica Jones’ Killgrave?
2) It’s a story set in Harlem.
“You might be bulletproof, but Harlem ain’t.” The trailer makes it clear that Luke Cage will be just as much about Harlem’s story as it is about Luke’s. Just as Daredevil has the MCU’s version of Hell’s Kitchen, Luke has his own problems to deal with in Harlem – here depicted as a place riddled with street violence and organized crime. Fortunately, actors of color almost exclusively portray the characters we glimpse in the trailer; they offer the landscape of the city a refreshing, more accurate depiction than we have seen in previous iterations of NYC.
3) It ties into other Netflix series, such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
Most viewers first got to know Luke Cage as the smoking hot bartender-turned-love-interest-turned-hero on Jessica Jones. While their romance was left up in the air by the finale, we can surmise that the series will tie in nicely to Luke’s relationship with Jessica, even if it just gives it some running room. Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) who appeared in both Jessica Jones and Daredevil, is given ample screen time in the trailer, so it’s safe to say Luke’s relationship with her may develop first. Undoubtedly his story will run parallel to those of his fellow Netflix heroes. A team up or two is not out of the question. But if we don’t happen to catch Jessica or Matt on the regular episodes of Luke Cage, we’ve still got the Defenders to look forward to, don’t we?
4) A multitude of Marvel comics characters will make their debut.
The trailer alone revealed the likes of crime boss Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (not to be confused with the Serpent Society’s Burchell Clemens, the Captain America villain), Black Mariah, Shades Alvarez, and Misty Knight, the cyborg super cop. If Daredevil and Jessica Jones have been any indication, those characters spotted in the trailer will just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of television debuts. Fingers crossed for Misty’s partner, Colleen Wing, or maybe even Iron Fist himself!
5) Luke will struggle with what it means to be a hero.
“I just want to be left the hell alone.” Luke has quite a hill to climb if that’s going to be his initial point of view! Something has to make him care – whether that’s Claire, his neighbors, or the commonplace evils he sees on the streets of Harlem every day. Part of the intrigue of the standalone Luke Cage series is watching Luke go from an uncaring observer to Harlem’s first line of defense against Cottonmouth and his army of goons. It’s a journey I am sure we are all eager to see.
In the recently released trailer below are lots of excellent new information presented itself for our perusal and inspection. Netflix’s Luke Cage debuts on September 30th.