Netflix has released the official trailer for its original series Marvel’s Luke Cage, which premieres globally on Sept. 30.
It's the third show in the Defenders series to launch on Netflix, following Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Jessica Jones (which I like a lot but have gotten out of the habit of binge watching). Mike Colter, the actor who is playing Luke Cage, is reprising the role that first appeared in Netflix's Jessica Jones.
The character was created by Archie Goodwin and John Romita, Sr. shortly after Blaxploitation films became popular new genre. The Luke Cage: Hero for Hire comic book debuted in June 1972, and the character went on to have catchphrase: “Sweet Christmas!”
As the Blaxploitation genre's popularity faded, Cage, also known as Power Man, was paired with martial arts hero Iron Fist in an effort to save both characters from cancellation. That lasted until September 1986. The single named Cage was relaunched as a series in 1992, and his setting moved from New York City to Chicago. It was cancelled after 20 issues, but the Cage character has popped up in other series over the years.
Here's the trailer:
Here's how Netflix describes Marvel’s Luke Cage:
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.
Joining Colter is the cast is Mahershala Ali (as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes), Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Theo Rossi (Shades), Frank Whaley (Rafael Scarfe) and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple).
Without any evidence I'm willing to claim the series show runner and co-executive producer as a relative: Cheo Hodari Coker.
Netflix vows to follow up Marvel's Luke Cage with Marvel's Iron Fist and, eventually, Marvel's The Defenders.
Twitter: @LukeCage (https://twitter.com/lukecage), #LukeCage
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