Netflix’s September launch of Luke Cage is fast approaching. The bulletproof superhero and Hero for Hire is set to be the third in Marvel and Netflix’s street-level superhero series, with Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland) serving as the showrunner and Mike Colter returning as the titular hero following his first appearance on Jessica Jones season 1. Both the Daredevil and Jessica Jones series have so far been well received, with two more – Iron Fist and a team-up Defenders mini-series – on the way next year.
Luke Cage will also feature the appearance of another important Marvel Comics character: Misty Knight, who is being played by Simone Missick. In the comics, Misty is a police detective turned private eye with a cybernetic arm and tremendous fighting skills. She teams up with Colleen Wing (who will be appearing in Iron Fist) to form the Daughters of the Dragon.
“She is bad… badass… She’s a detective in Harlem… Homebred and she really is passionate about her community and passionate about the people who live there. She was an athlete growing up, so you see a strong woman, not only mentally but physically. She also has this amazing superpower called Misty-vision, that she uses as a detective. She has the ability to look at a crime scene and figure out what happened, so she’s got this amazing clearance rate.”
While some comic fans may argue the merits of keen detective skills and athleticism as “superpowers,” it is worth noting that these qualities defined Misty as a hero before her tragic accident necessitated a Stark-tech cyborg arm. It’s unsure whether the Netflix series will ever show this character development, though fans will certainly be keeping their fingers crossed for a Daughters of the Dragon team-up series at some point in the future.
Missick also noted that the show would be leaning into controversy, rather than away from it. Seen in the trailer, Luke Cage’s hoodie was chosen specifically to highlight the fact that “just because a person has on a piece of clothing and is of color, doesn’t mean they’re a bad person.”
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. The Defenders and Iron Fist arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.