Marvel's Luke Cage Netflix series is gearing up for production, marking the third series to debut under the Marvel Netflix banner, following season 1 of Daredevil earlier this year and Jessica Jones, which arrives on November 20th. Luke Cage will follow the titular Marvel superhero (played by The Good Wife's Mike Coulter) - who will actually make his debut in Jessica Jones, as a friend/love interest, before his own show kicks off in 2016.
Luke Cage is currently in production in NYC, and today the first photos from the set are making their way online. Check out the link below to see the photos, and then we'll discuss why they actually show something worth getting excited about.
So why are photos of two stars of a superhero show standing (or sitting) around in plain clothes worth getting hyped about? Well the answer to that is when the stars in question are Alfre Woodard (State of Affairs) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards, Hunger Games: Mockingjay), both quality actors in their own right. Woodard will star as a Harlem politician named Minetta, who may or may not be a twist on Marvel Comics gang boss, Black Mariah. Ali is playing Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes, a Harlem nightclub owner with a more nefarious role as an underworld figure - and who also happens to be Minetta's cousin.
Unofficial plot rumors point to a story in which Cage (as a younger man) led a life of petty crime until he was framed by a friend (Willis "Diamondback" Stryker). It's in prison that Cage undergoes an experiment that gives him impervious skin and super strength; once out, he vows to use his powers as a "hero for hire," until Diamondback's gang activity brings him into Cage's life once again.
That's all RUMOR, but the Minetta/Cottonmouth connection we're seeing here suggests that there could be some sort of organized crime syndicate operating in Harlem (conspiring with politicians or blackmailing them). It would only add to the drama to have Cage's old friend as a major mastermind behind that syndicate.
If nothing else, the Luke Cage Netflix series seems to have a size-appropriate antagonist for Cage to battle: big enough to be a threat and add gravitas, but small enough to be well-suited to a Marvel "street-level" hero.
Daredevil season one is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones releases on November 20, 2015, followed by Luke Cage season one and Daredevil season two in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.
Source: Coming Soon