"There are no capes," Simone Missick says of the upcoming Marvel TV series, Luke Cage. Making its debut on Netflix at the end of September, Luke Cage promises to bring a gritty realness to the superhero genre, as the unbreakable Cage seeks to protect Harlem from Cornell Cottonmouth Stokes.
The show's titular role will be played by Mike Colter, who made his debut as the character in Jessica Jones. Rosario Dawson also reprises her role as the ever patient and understanding nurse, Claire Temple, after her appearances in Jessica Jones and also both seasons of Daredevil. The aforementioned Missick plays Misty Knight, a police Detective with a strong sense of justice. Mahershala Ali is the main protagonist, Cottonmouth Stokes, a nightclub owner who is really a gun runner, and Alfre Woodard plays Mariah Dillard, a local politician and Stokes' cousin.
Following on from the commercial and critical success of Marvel's previous Netflix shows (Daredevil and Jessica Jones), and slotting into the timeline nicely, Luke Cage will precede The Defenders, Iron Fist, and The Punisher. Anticipation is high for the show, especially since it received overwhelmingly positive early reviews. Ahead of its premiere, Netflix have released a featurette with plenty of clips from the show, as well as comments on the show and its characters from stars Colter, Dawson, and Missick, as well as hearing from showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. Take a look, above.
The featurette does a good job of explaining Luke's background; some of which we already knew, but it's still good to have it all laid out, since it gives a greater understanding of where he's coming from when the show opens. He is still hurt (emotionally) after the death of his wife and the events of Jessica Jones, and in need of some time out, but Luke Cage has a thirst for justice and, rather like Jessica Jones, he is somewhat of a reluctant superhero. It's hard to imagine that he would ever have been content just sweeping up hair in a barber shop, but, as he tells Claire, he feels like a freak. Once again Claire is on the side of the vigilantes, and demonstrates a profound and meaningful understanding of Luke's thoughts. Though Luke doesn't want to be involved, as Colter says "He can't just stand idly by."
Of course, the featurette also gives a great look at some of the action scenes, including the moment Luke Cage uses a car door as a shield, and also the discovery of his bullet proof skin by two of Cottonmouth's henchmen but equally, Luke Cage deals with some of the more emotive aspects of what being a superhero means and how it affects those around him. There are no capes, because Luke Cage is a real, modern superhero for Harlem. Described previously by Coker as "The Wire of Marvel television," Luke Cage fuses a hip hop soundtrack, political corruption, an emotionally scarred and flawed superhero, and violence, and drops it all into a Harlem setting. So far, the show looks to be one that really can't be missed, for Marvel fans or casual watchers alike.
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.