Update: 9-26-16 The Final Luke Cage Trailer is Here, Bringing the Action and the Method Man
The final Luke Cage trailer has dropped, just four days before the whole series arrives on Netflix. And you know what? It has a lot going on. We get much more of a feel for villains Mariah and Cornell Stokes (Cottonmouth to you!), and see a lot of cool new action beats, including Luke Cage literally stopping a gunshot just by grabbing the barrel (ouch!). Oh, and also, he meets and trades compliments with Method Man.
Can’t wait for this Friday!
UPDATE: 7-21-16 Luke Cage Trailer Debuts at Comic-Con
Oh my. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker announced the first teaser for Luke Cage with a timely statement. “When I think about what’s going on in the world right now, the world is ready for a bulletproof black man.” Which, OK, yeah, with the amount of bullets thrown at him during this trailer, he’s definitely bullet-proof. Our favorite moment from the trailer, though? Luke Cage folding the car door around the one thug.
Netflix also took the chance to show a sizzle reel that looks back at Jessica Jones and Daredevil in preparation for Luke Cage.
UPDATE: 7-18-23 New Poster for the Luke Cage Netflix Series
It’s been a little quiet on the Luke Cage news front, but with Comic-Con fast approaching, we just got a look at the first official poster:
Let us know what you think in the comments below!
UPDATE: 3-19-16 Luke Cage Netflix Series Director Revealed
Here we are, just a week after we got the release date for the Luke Cage series, and now we’ve just found out who directed the first two episodes:
— Paul McGuigan (@paul_mcguigan) March 19, 2016
That’s right, the Lucky Number Slevin director has revealed that he’s now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sounds good to us!
UPDATE: 3-11-16 Luke Cage Netflix Series Premiere Date Revealed
Whoa, Nelly! At the Daredevil Red Carpet event, Mike Colter revealed that we’ll be getting the Luke Cage series sooner than expected. The new series drops later this year, on September 30th! Can’t wait!
Taking a Look at the Cast For the Luke Cage Netflix Series
A Luke Cage Netflix series is on the way, and we couldn’t be happier. We love what Netflix has been doing with their Marvel shows, and Luke Cage should be no different. To start, here’s the official synopsis for the show:
“After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage 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.”
Next, let’s take a look at the characters, and who will be playing them.
Michael Colter on Luke Cage
We’ll start, of course, with Mike Colter, who we’ve been psyched to see more of since he debuted in the role in the first season of Jessica Jones. According to Colter, though the show will fit in with the others, the shift from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem is going to lend the show a unique feel:
“I would like to think that while we are in the same world, it’s going to feel a little more, I guess, urban is the word most people would say…The characters that live uptown are different than the characters that live in Hell’s Kitchen, but you will see some crossover characters as you already noticed on the previous series. So there are similarities but definitely, you’re going to notice that you’re in Harlem as opposed to Hell’s Kitchen. We want to be true to Harlem as a part of town and distinctly different than Hell’s Kitchen.”
The Big Bad
Luke Cage is going to be facing off against Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (played by Mahershala Ali), who is being described as “a Harlem nightclub owner,” who will “become an unexpected foe in Luke’s life when Stokes’ criminal activities threaten Luke’s world.” Executive producer and Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb had this to say about the character:
“Mahershala is an actor of extraordinary range and gravitas. As Cottonmouth he will really let loose. Luke Cage won’t know what hit him.”
Supporting Bads Black Mariah and Shades Alvarez
In the comics, Black Mariah runs a New York gang called The Rat Pack. They ride around in a stolen ambulance, pick up dead bodies, and strip them of any valuables. Mariah and the gang end up running afoul of Luke Cage when he’s hired to hunt down a body they stole and stripped. Now, in August last year, it was aannounced that Alfre Woodard was joining the cast as “Mariah Dillard,” a powerful woman in the local political scene. That’s not very similar to the Black Mariah character in the comics, though we may see gang connections revealed, or Marvel may just be using a character from the series and repurposing her a little.
Theo Rossi, meanwhile, will be playing “Shades” Alvarez, described as “relentless and menacing, smooth and manipulative, street smart and controlling.” Not much is known about his role in the series yet, but in the comics, Cage and Alvarez ran with the same gang for a while, The Rivals, and they clashed many times, for a variety of reasons. Should be a fun relationship.
Misty Knight and Rafael Scarfe
In the comics, Misty Knight had a bionic arm which she used to fight evil, and Rafael Scarfe was a war veteran and honest cop with the NYPD. In the Luke Cage Netflix series, the two are partners on the force, with Simone Missick playing Knight and Frank Whaley playing Scarfe. Not much is known about how big a role they’ll play, but we get the sense they’ll have an important role.
Luke Cage played a big role in the first season of Jessica Jones, and they will be together in the Defenders, but it hasn’t been revealed yet how big her role might be in Luke Cage. Keep in mind that in the comics, Cage and Jones end up married and having a kid together (something ebing explored in the new Jessica Jones comic) so she may factor in pretty heavily.
Claire (played by Rosario Dawson) will be showing up in Luke Cage, and from what Colter had to say in a recent interview, it doesn’t sound like it will be a small role:
“Luke Cage does take place uptown. It’s a different backdrop. How they get [Claire] uptown will be very unique, and you’ll see it makes sense. It’s seamless. We’re in the same city. She knows of me, obviously, from a personal standpoint, but it’ll be interesting to see because she will deal with me in a different way than she dealt with Matt Murdock…Ultimately I think she’s going to be a very good companion for Luke. I think she’s someone that Luke needs in his life at this time.”
Interestingly, in the comics, Claire was a love interest for Luke Cage. However, she’s been re-invented pretty differently for her appearance in the various Netflix series, so we’re not sure if she’ll be filling this role in Luke Cage.
Well, here’s hoping that the Luke Cage Netflix series continues in the tradition of excellence established by Daredevil and Jessica Jones.