A second season of Jessica Jones and a third season of Daredevil are a couple of years away, but fans of Marvel and The Defenders have something big to look forward to next month: Luke Cage is coming to Netflix on Sept. 30, and Netflix has released the full trailer for the first season.
As Jessica Jones fans already know, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is a total badass with unbreakable skin, a hardened demeanor and a strong moral compass. The trailer hints to Cage’s backstory as an ex-convict and the victim of a sabotaged experiment that gave him his powers. As much as he wants to figure out his life and be unbothered by others, the people of Harlem need him and his crime-fighting skills.
“I just want to be left the hell alone,” Cage says to his father in the trailer, who replies, “Well, that would be a waste.”
Mahershala Ali will star as Cornell Stokes, A.K.A. “Cottonmouth,” who Ali described as a crime boss who hides behind legitimate business. Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, mentioned on the Luke Cage panel at this year’s Comic-Con that Stokes will continue the theme of the evil-yet-relatable villain, as was the case with Daredevil’s Wilson Fisk and Jessica Jones’ Kilgrave.
The trailer also promises multiple scenes with the fan-favorite character Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), who previously appeared numerous times in both Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
One of the greatest things about this upcoming show is the historical and cultural prominence it refers to with Luke Cage being a black man who is, technically, bulletproof. As Constance Grady of Vox.com explained, the moments when Cage has his hoodie up and is withstanding bullets being shot at him are a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement and represent survival and resilience for the Black community and for Harlem.
“There aren’t that many black superheroes,” series developer Cheo Hodari Coker said at Comic-Con. “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man.”
Coker is clearly enthusiastic about the cultural significance of having a Luke Cage-centered show, and you should be too.
Cage will be joined on Netflix by Iron Fist in 2017, and soon after we see them team up with Matt Murdock’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones in The Defenders.