The arrival of Marvel's Luke Cage series on Netflix is just a few short weeks away. Anticipation is high, following the success of seasons one and two of Daredevil, plus Jessica Jones, where we were first introduced to Mike Colter as Cage. Early reviews for Luke Cage are positive, proclaiming it to be another hit for Netflix and in particular praising the strength of the villains, Colter's performance in the central role, and the show's soundtrack (which emphasizes Luke Cage's urban, street vibe).
Luke Cage moves the setting for Marvel TV series away from Hell's Kitchen and into Harlem instead, where our superhero is tending bar at a new joint after the events of Jessica Jones saw his old stomping ground destroyed. Cage, with his super-strength and unbreakable skin, has an uncanny ability to attract trouble wherever he goes. In a new clip from the show, just released, it appears that he also can't help but intervene in events, even if they don't concern him. Watch the clip, above.
In a perfect display of his powers, Luke Cage is cool, calm and collected as he steps in to protect the restaurant owners under threat. His face simply crushes a man's hand, he coolly swats away a baseball bat as if it were a fly, and then catches a bullet. No wonder his question: "Do you want some?" is met with a resounding and terrified silence. This clip follows on from the trailer for the show, which hints at some more great fight scenes as well as a look at Luke Cage's backstory; something we didn't get to see or hear much of in Jessica Jones. Though Luke Cage will work as a standalone series, it also ties neatly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe; in fact, the timeline of events in Luke Cage overlap with the events of Daredevil season 2, tying Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Luke Cage all neatly together ahead of the release of The Defenders in 2017, which will feature all three superheroes.
Make no mistake though; Luke Cage might fall within the established MCU but the tone of the series is unique. The show promises to deliver a show that is grounded in reality, with a '90s hip-hop vibe.' Though its plotline is rooted in political corruption (something that was definitely a focus for Daredevil in season one), the show will give a fresh look at the superhero genre, something that Marvel has done well with its other Netflix shows. Luke Cage is said to be less gritty than its Netflix predecessors, allowing the character of Cage to really shine as a multi-faceted personality, and critics have praised Luke Cage for its representation of race and presentation of Cage as a much-needed superhero figure.
It is for this reason, perhaps, that many people who would not profess to be fans of comic-book films or TV shows, have enjoyed the Marvel/ Netflix offerings thus far. The clip above perfectly demonstrates the understated yet massively powerful force these superheroes have, and the subtle, smart and cool way in which Luke Cage dispatches villains definitely makes any show that he's in well-worth watching.
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.