Mike Colter made his debut as Luke “Power Man” Cage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in season 1 of the Marvel/Netflix series Jessica Jones; there, he formed a (tumultuous) relationship with Miss Jones (Krysten Ritter) and ultimately decided to leave Hell’s Kitchen in his rearview mirror for now, his future destination unknown. Colter, for his part, has confirmed that the forthcoming Luke Cage season 1 picks up a few months after the events of Jessica Jones‘ freshman season, with Mike having found his way to the MCU version of Harlem: a place that is as heavily plagued by crime and super-villains as Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Jessica Jones’ home turf of Hell’s Kitchen, it would seem.
Marvel’s Daredevil season 2 will premiere on Netflix in a week (at the time of writing this), but there’s been some back and forth about the premiere date for Luke Cage season 1 – with the Jessica Jones Twitter account having previously hinted at a November 2016 date, while subsequent rumors suggested Luke Cage season 1 could arrive as soon as this summer, instead. Well, now we have an official date for the premiere and it falls in-between those two previously-reported possibilities.
Colter revealed that Luke Cage season 1 will be available for streaming on Netflix starting September 30th, 2016, while he was in attendance for the NYC Daredevil season 2 premiere/press event. The series, which was created by showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland, Ray Donovan), will also costar Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2) as the villainous Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, Alfre Woodard (State of Affairs) as Stokes’ cousin Mariah Dillard, and Simone Missick (Ray Donovan, Scandal) as Missy a.k.a. bionic-armed vigilante Misty Knight from Marvel Comics. Colter has further promised that Luke Cage season 1 will be “action-packed from the beginning to the very end,” as you can see by watching the below video.
Luke Cage, similar to the Daredevil and Jessica Jones Marvel/Netflix series before it, is expected to embrace a darker and more adult tone relative to other MCU movies and TV series alike – at the same time, grappling with timely subject matter (think issues like #BlackLivesMatter), bringing to mind how Daredevil season 1 looked at gentrification, Jessica Jones season 1 tackled rape culture, and Daredevil season 2 will examine gun violence. There’s little reason to doubt Colter’s claim that Luke Cage season 1 will also be “action-packed” (in addition to being thought-provoking), given both the nature of the show’s comic book source material and Coker’s own experience developing quality (and gritty) crime drama/thriller genre on television. Not to mention, Luke Cage season 1 should help pave the way for the eventual Iron Fist season 1 too, seeing as Luke Cage and Daniel Rand/Iron Fist (who will be played by Finn Jones in the MCU) are expected to go on to form their Heroes for Hire business in a future Marvel/Netflix series (just like they did in the world of Marvel Comics).
Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, followed by Luke Cage season 1 on September 30th, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced.
Source: Mike Colter