While Marvel's plans to cross over its collected Netflix series started before Daredevil's debut on the streaming service, it wasn't until actor Mike Colter first appeared as Luke Cage in Jessica Jones that the crossover really began in earnest. Cage was a major presence in Jessica Jones, contributing heavily to its storyline, but this September he will finally be front and center in his own series.
Not much is known about the plot of the Luke Cage standalone series yet other than the fact that at least part of it will take place in Harlem and include the villain Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes as well as Stokes' cousin Mariah Dillard and the bionic-armed vigilante Misty Knight. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker described the show as "The Wire of Marvel Television," which is a pretty bold claim. Some new details give credence to that description, though.
The details come courtesy of Luke Cage star Mike Colter, who sat down for a video interview with EW that was posted on Facebook. During the interview, Colter offered some details about the plot of his upcoming show, including just what Cage will be up against:
"There are politicians and then there are shady characters that function on the other side of the law. Who does what? I won’t say, but this becomes a situation where there are a lot of people who want to help Harlem and think they have Harlem’s best interests, but, ultimately, just because they think or say they have Harlem’s best interests, sometimes they’re being very selfish or being very short-sighted. So sometimes what they’re doing is actually harming the community.
So this is where Luke comes in because Luke is a person who likes to, he observes and he listens and he takes in to account what people tell him, and he’s a pretty smart guy himself and he understands that some peoples’ way may not be the best may not be the best in the big picture so ultimately Luke has to get involved because there are a lot of things that happen, a lot of people get hurt, a lot of lives are lost and unfortunately he’s the only one who is capable of actually helping deal with this because sometimes the law enforcement is actually not the best because they’re not aware or they’re not capable, or maybe they’re corrupt. So, without getting into too many details, Luke Cage is gonna have to step up and be the man."
Certainly shady politicians and corrupt cops were a major part of The Wire. No one on that show had superpowers to help them take out the bad guys, though. It sounds like Luke Cage will take a bigger-picture look at crime in New York than the ninja-focused second season of Daredevil or the Kilgrave-focused first season of Jessica Jones, and that could help set it apart from its siblings.
When Cage eventually teams up with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist for The Defenders, it will take a larger threat than crooked cops to get them all working together. Before that happens, though, the "completely different" style of Luke Cage will have a chance to make its mark. Whether or not it lives up to comparisons to The Wire remains to be seen, but if Daredevil and Jessica Jones are any indication, it will at the very least be entertaining.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced.