I have been so excited and feel like I have been waiting for-ever for this series to come out from Netflix. SDCC gave us a great trailer for the upcoming original, Luke Cage.
Luke has been a main stay in the Marvel comics since the early 1970’s. He was one of the first black superheroes and that makes him very important. As representation, sorely needed back in the 1970’s, even today with the many incidents involving police, NYC, and BLM. Not only that but the story, I’m happy to see, will be set in Harlem instead of Hell’s Kitchen as both Daredevil and Jessica Jones were. While NYC is a hugely diverse city, each of its neighborhoods have their own sparks of life. Harlem is rich in history, cultural events and mostly seen as predominantly black. What does this mean for the series and you dear readers?
Based on my knowledge of the comic and the varied scraps of information I have picked up over the past year about the series, Netflix will continue Luke’s story on the streets of Harlem. This, like Daredevil and Jessica Jones will be the more gritty crime fighting, unlike the huge spectacles were used to seeing from the likes of the Avengers. It will center its story on a black man, his family, his loves, his adventures, and his villains. Based on the casting choices from Netflix (Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Mahershala Ali, and Theo Rossi), this means also the supporting cast is primarily black. This will give the thirteen episode season a different kind of story telling. The hardships and joys of Luke are different than those of Daredevil and not only because they’re in different neighborhoods.
In the comics, Luke was wrongfully convicted on drug charges after a friend betrayed him. There is where he gained superpowers after volunteering for experimentation. We know from Jessica Jones he was experimented on, but not any of the hows and whys. So this story line could still easily fit in and it would resonate with a lot of people about overwhelming number of black men in prison these days.
A black man standing up to the police is a far different story then when a white man does it. It will be much more powerful and dangerous for us to see Luke Cage do this (especially if the police are as corrupt as they are in Daredevil. I would assume so as same city and Netflix makes both shows and they are usually great about that kind of continuity).
We are also going to see a lot of black on black crime and we know Luke is fighting for Harlem. He is going to help the impoverished and the defenseless. He is going to go up against gangs and drug lords, thieves and murderers. It will be eye opening to see how a black community such as Harlem deals with this, and I think good to see that there are always good and bad within a community.
There is no word yet on whether we will see appearances by Jessica Jones or Matt Murdock within the series, but we do know that our favorite nurse Claire will be on it and she will have much more than just the small parts she had before on Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
I’m also very happy to see that Netflix secured Mike Colter to continue on as Luke Cage as he was in Jessica Jones. Colter is a fellow southerner (South Carolina to be exact), highly talented (Million Dollar Baby, The Good Wife, Ringer) and I had nothing but praise for him while he was on Jessica Jones. Also that man is seriously good looking. Just sayin’.
Finally we’ll get to what you wanted to see this entire time, the trailer!
What did you think of the trailer? How the show will be different? Are you also half in love with that man? Tell me all about it in the comments below or over on twitter, @thenerdygirlexp or my personal one, @quietlikeastorm. Make sure to subscribe here too and to give us a follow on twitter so you don’t miss our review of this show and all the others.
Luke Cage premieres on Netflix on September 30th, so be gearing up to watch it soon!