We first met street-level hero Luke Cage (Mike Colter) in the second installment of the Marvel/Netflix partnership, Jessica Jones. Cage had quite a heavy role in Jessica Jones as both her love interest and villain-fighting partner in crime. Both Daredevil and Jessica Jones have become wildly popular for their dark, gritty tone and more mature themes. Netflix proves to be the perfect platform to showcase Marvel’s street-level Hell’s Kitchen heroes while staying close to the adult-oriented source material.
Luke Cage, already being compared to The Wire as a gritty crime drama, follows the story of its titular character. Luke, now a fugitive, tries to start a brand new life in Harlem by laying low. Shortly after he arrives, he is sucked back into being a hero and is forced to fight a battle for the heart of the city, making him confront his sketchy past that he is so desperately trying to forget.
A new teaser trailer released at Comic-Con International shows us just how unbreakable Luke really is with a “raw” action scene set to Wu-Tang’s classic hip hop joint, Shimmy Shimmy Ya ft. ODB. Watch the teaser above. Set in Harlem, the teaser beings with Luke taking an older gentleman’s advice who suggests he should be, “down there like everybody else helping people.”
Luke clearly takes this advice seriously as he rips off a car door with ease and uses it as a shield to bust into a building full of “thugs.” Smashing through the hallways, he brutally takes down the armed assailants one by one, deflecting every single bullet with his own body. At the end, his shirt is full of holes, but his unbreakable skin is intact as a man asks him, “You knock down a few doors in the projects and now…you Harlem’s hero?” To which Luke responds with a smirk, “I’m only getting started.”
Let’s just say, he’s making quite an impact on Harlem already. Considering the edgy vibe of the trailer, it seems like showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker is going for heavy drama with even heavier action featuring a soundtrack that pays homage to the lyricists of the ’90s. Coker, who also wrote a few episodes of Luke Cage, described the show as being “a powerful fusion of dark drama, hip-hop, and classic superhero action.” One thing is for sure, Luke Cage likes it raw.
The rest of the known cast includes: Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2) as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, Alfre Woodard (State of Affairs) as Mariah Dillard, Simone Missick (Ray Donovan) as Misty Knight, Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) as Shades, and Rosario Dawson reprising her Daredevil and Jessica Jones role as Hell’s Kitchen Night Nurse, Claire Temple.
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.