From an ex-cop, to an ex-con and straight up to becoming a Hero, A journey of how to be the savior and the protector of Harlem will reveal many different wicked aspects of the modern society that our hero struggles to live in. In spite of the fact that Luke Cage refused the idea of becoming the hero the people look to, and rather he wanted to stay out of the radar and carry on a calm peaceful life for several reasons, he found himself forced to play the hero to save Harlem and its people that took him in as one of them and treated him right.
A bulletproof black man with a cloudy troubled past, a hero for his kin and the worst nightmare for the cops and thugs of Harlem. Luke Cage, a new adaptation as a web-television series of the well-known Luke Cage comic books was brought to all of MCU (Marvel’s Cinematic Universe) fans by the renowned entertainment company Netflix. After Daredevil and Jessica Jones comes Luke Cage to make the perfect tie-in to these last two and give Luke Cage (a.k.a Carl Lucas) his standalone story and adventure after being a key secondary character in Jessica Jones. For those who are familiar with the Jessica Jones series, they already know Luke Cage as this peaceful passive bartender but in his own show he is pretty far from being calm. Especially when Stryker is around.
[San Diego Comic Con Sizzle presented by Marvel]
In the San Diego Comic Con sizzle video presented by Marvel (the one above), we can notice at the end the fourth addition and also one of the most awaited series, The Punisher, that will be brought to us by Netflix in November 2018 (rumored).
Enough with the spoilers and let’s talk about the show. Luke Cage is an American web television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker, an adaptation of a Marvel comics as we said earlier, broadcast by Netflix and released on 30 of September, 2016.
[The ‘Luke Cage’ teaser that premiered at San Diego Comic-Con 2016]
The series was produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios as the third show that will lead to the ultimate cross-over between Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist (Nexus preview article about this show: http://nexus-mag.com/iron-fist-preview) in the upcoming, and one of the most awaited TV shows in 2017, The Defenders.
[‘The Defenders’ teaser that premiered at San Diego Comic-Con 2016]
Back to Luke Cage, the first super hero series brought to the audience and fans in a new exotic and original style. Contrary to the standard trend of the superhero styles, Luke Cage introduce a new idiom that expresses a new paradigm of an unmasked superhero that fights not for the sake of saving the world but for the sake of saving his town, Harlem, and its people from notorious drug and weapon dealing kingpins and wretched thugs that aggravate the peaceful daily life of Harlem inhabitants.
Between the struggles of living a normal life in a try to tune out the troubles from his past and answering his duties towards his community as a unique individual with super abilities, Luke Cage tries to reveal his peaceful side as a normal human being to Harlem people while encountering the troubles form his past, his present, and prepare himself to the ones that will come to the future.
The show focuses on the dilapidated and broken sides of the law system and how that without an intervention from a superhero to bring justice to its course, the system will end up ruining society and itself.
This show is a mix between action, drama, sci-fi, and crime and it was totally quiet enjoyable and refreshing, without forgetting that the actors; Mike Colter in the role of Luke Cage, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, and the talented Mahershala Ali as Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes,… have really outperformed and literally succeeded to bring the characters to life.
For more interesting details about the show check on this IGN interview with Mike Colter and Cheo Hodari Coker 😉