Luke Cage is ready to be everyone's new favorite Marvel superhero series on Netflix. The latest street-level superhero is set to see his series debut on September 30, and there have been plenty of trailers, interviews and more putting emphasis on what makes Cage (aka Power Man) stand-out from Daredevil and Jessica Jones. One new aspect is certainly the setting of his show.
While we have seen the "Man Without Fear" and the "Knightress" herself take on opponents and challenges within Hell's Kitchen, Luke Cage will be set in Harlem. This New York neighborhood that is largely made up of a black population has a different cultural identity than the one found in these other Netflix series. To help set this up, Netflix has released this new video to help detail why the Harlem setting will stand out.
Along with getting a chance to hear Method Man talk about why you won't find Captain America or Iron Man in Harlem (Hulk, on the other hand, left his mark back in 2008), this video puts a lot of emphasis on showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and others speaking to the authentic culture this series wants to capture. There is mention of locations such as the Apollo Theater and the nature of things such as how people dress in this area, which clips from the series have certainly incorporated as well. As Luke Cage has the chance to stand out among all current Marvel properties (film and television) by having an emphasis on black culture, there is enough to see here that provides a brief, but proper set up as to how that can happen through this use of location.
Luke Cage certainly looks like it is going to be another winner for Marvel Studios and Netflix. While these series have not been met with awards in the form of Emmys, both fans and critics have had a growing amount of praise for what these 13-episode, grounded Netflix series have to offer. Given how Mike Colter already made a great impression on Jessica Jones, it stands to reason that his charisma level and physical presence will be able to leave an even bigger mark, as he becomes the lead character of his own show. As the series looks to be a mix of blaxspolitation and westerns (along with being a superhero spectacle of sorts), let's just hope it finds a proper through-line to make binge-watching Luke Cage worth it.
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.