So far, all of Marvel's Netflix TV series have been well received. Seasons one and two of Daredevil and the freshman season of Jessica Jones have both delivered edgy, dark and gritty material that has earned legions of fans and resulted in a slew of new series being lined up by the streaming channel. As well as a second season of Jessica Jones and a third outing for Daredevil, there are also series lined up for The Punisher, Iron Fist, The Defenders (which will feature Jessica Jones, Matt Murdock, Luke Cage and Danny Rand), and Luke Cage.
The latter of these will premiere at the end of September. While anticipation has been building for quite some time around the show, following Mike Colter's portrayal of Luke Cage in Jessica Jones, it was the recent release of the newest trailer that really got fans looking forward to Luke Cage arriving on our screens. Following on from that, Marvel/Netflix has released a handful of new images for the series, just to whet our appetites that little bit more. You can a look at them, below.
In the photos below, Mahershala Ali cuts an intimidating figure as Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes; his influence on Harlem, where Luke Cage is set, seems clear. Meanwhile, Alfre Woodard looks elegant and refined as Mariah Dillard. It'll be interesting to see whether her character can manage to bring her corrupt politics to Harlem, when trying to deal with the arrival of Luke Cage as well as the acts of her cousin, the aforementioned Cottonmouth. Also pictured is Theo Rossi as Shades Alvarez, and in another picture we see Colter's Cage with Rossario Dawson as Claire Temple, the nurse who so often repaired Matt Murdock in Daredevil, and also turned up in Jessica Jones. It will certainly be worth watching to see if her character evolves more during Luke Cage.
Luke Cage will pick up with the titular superhero when he leaves Hell's Kitchen after his bar was destroyed at the end of Jessica Jones. Cage has made his way to Harlem, where he will try to make it a safer place to live; but to do that, he needs to stay out of trouble himself. A botched science experiment might have left Cage with unbreakable skin, but somehow he also has an uncanny ability to attract trouble - in the form of the villains depicted above.
Luke Cage has been described by showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker as 'The Wire of Marvel Television,' blending the action that we have come to expect from Marvel TV series with drama and political intrigue. The latter was something that was explored in the Wilson Fisk storyline in Daredevil season one, but which could be expanded upon and looked at in relation to superheroes using their powers to end corruption. All of this, of course, is set within a show that Coker also described as having a '90s hip-hop vibe,' which was evidenced in the most recent trailer. That blend alone makes Luke Cage worth watching, as well as a chance to see the unbreakable superhero doing his thing, of course.
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.
Source: Netflix [via Agent of Marvel]