With the first two seasons of Daredevil and the first season of Jessica Jones in the rearview mirror, the next part of Netflix's Defenders puzzle will be next month's premiere of Luke Cage. Starring Mike Colter as the titular hero with super strength and skin so tough it makes him a phlebotomist's worst nightmare, the show will shift focus from Hell's Kitchen to Harlem and aims to be grounded in reality - or at least as grounded as it can be for a show about a guy whose skin can deflect bullets.
Much of the focus of Daredevil's first two seasons was on the Man Without Fear's attempts to find just the right outfit for fighting crime without getting every bone in his body smashed, but Cage's powers make that less of a concern for him. Still, he might want to consider consulting with his future teammate on more durable crimefighting attire, as a new clip from the upcoming show demonstrates.
Courtesy of Netflix, the above clip has some overlap with the show's previous trailer but offers more of an extended look at Cage's modest jacket and hoodie combo getting riddled with bullets as he takes on a group of bad guys who find out the hard way that Cage's clothes are the only thing their bullets are penetrating. "I guess you guys haven't heard about me, have you?" Cage quips. "I'm about sick of always having to buy new clothes."
Certainly, the constant destruction of one's wardrobe would be an expensive proposition for someone with an income as modest as Cage's. While the upfront cost of a bulletproof, long-lasting outfit like Daredevil's would be significantly higher than Cage's blue collar attire, no doubt it would pay for itself in the long run as Cage has constant run-ins with the politicians, "shady characters," and corrupt cops who are causing problems on his home turf of Harlem. Perhaps a Go Fund Me campaign to raise the necessary funds would be in order.
Of course, with Luke Cage being grounded in realism and aiming to be "The Wire of Marvel television," having Cage run around in flashy superhero duds probably wouldn't fit the tone of the show. That could very well change when he joins up with The Defenders next year, though. The superhero team-up is likely to be a little less gritty and a little more traditionally comic-bookish in style, and that could mean a makeover for Cage and his occasional fling Jessica Jones, who is also a fan of more casual attire.
Fans who want to see how many changes of clothes Luke Cage goes through in a season can start counting when the show hits Netflix in late September. Until then, check out the clip above and be grateful that your own favorite hoodie isn't riddled with bullet holes.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will premiere on September 30th, 2016. The Defenders and Iron Fist will follow in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.