Netflix's corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe officially kicked off with Daredevil season 1 in 2015, but the streaming service's Heroes for Hire shows have already earned plenty of praise from critics, comics fans, and casual TV viewers alike. Later in 2015, Netflix released Jessica Jones, which introduced the third headlining hero, Luke Cage, played by Mike Colter. This year, Netflix followed up with a second season of Daredevil, and the third series set in The Defenders corner of the MCU is preparing to debut later this month: Luke Cage.
The upcoming series moves away from Daredevil and Jessica Jones' home neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, shifting the story of Luke Cage to Harlem where the titular hero goes up against local politician Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) and businessman Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali). However, Luke Cage will have help from a character familiar to fans of the comics, and one who has appeared in other Marvel Netflix series - both of which take center stage in two new posters for the series.
New posters for Luke Cage, via CBR, feature the hero's allies: Harlem police detective Misty Knight (Simone Cook) and nurse/friend of Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). Each poster features a quote from the character with Misty Knight's reading, "I don't seek justice, I stalk it," while Claire's says, "If you want justice, you have to get it yourself." Take a look at the one-sheets:
Additionally starring in Luke Cage are Theo Rossi as "Shades" Alvarez and Frank Whaley as Misty Knight's partner Rafael Scarfe. Cheo Hodari Coker, who serves as showrunner on the series, recently teased that Luke Cage is somewhat of a "hip-hop western" because it's set up in the structure of a western - with Luke as the cowboy and Cottonmouth as the villain - but with a modern, hip-hop soundtrack.
Of course, given how secretive Marvel's projects tend to be, exactly how Misty Knight and Claire Temple will fit into Luke Cage remains to be seen. We do know that Cook has been praied for her work as Misty Knight, and the series will overlap with Daredevil season 2, so it's likely Claire is still a nurse (fans who watched Daredevil will remember Claire quit her job in season 2).
However, even without knowing too many details about their arcs in Luke Cage season 1, fans are likely to be excited by the inclusion of both Misty and Claire - the former because of her comic book persona (in which she's an ex-cop with a bionic arm) and the latter due to her connection with the other members of the Defenders. That said, the premiere of Luke Cage is only a few weeks away, so fans will undoubtedly learn more about these characters as that date draws closer - or, at least, once the season debuts on Netflix.
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.