September heralds the return of many a television show as this time of year sees most networks hosting season premieres. But those same rules don't apply if your Netflix - as a streaming service, Netflix can drop a series practically any time of year and have it turn into a huge hit. (Case in point, the summer release of Stranger Things.)
However, when Netflix does decide to drop a new series in the fall, other networks might want to watch out. This Friday (which is tomorrow as of this writing) the entirety of Luke Cage - Netflix's latest and possibly most anticipated Marvel live-action series - will debut on the streaming service, keeping the television viewing public glued to their Netflix-capable device of choice. Of course, having a whole season release at once does allow viewers to watch the entire season in a weekend; so if most take the binge approach, other channels can enjoy a sigh of relief (for now).
Assuming you're taking time out of your weekend to binge-watch Luke Cage, Netflix is offering you a leg up by releasing the full opening credits for the series online. Okay, it's a very slight leg up, but it is a bit more of Luke Cage you can enjoy now instead of later. Watch the full opening credit sequence for Luke Cage, above.
These credits are a surreal blend of lead actor, Mike Colter and the city of Harlem, which is a visually similar approach to what we've seen from both of Netflix's other Marvel series - Daredevil and Jessica Jones. And like those series, Luke Cage's credits are saturated with the character's signature color: yellow. Along with a seventies-ish soundtrack (a reference to the era which birth Cage), this credit sequence is just a taste of what the series will likely offer.
Much has already been made of the timeliness of Luke Cage's release, and these credits do somewhat echo that sentiment. Clearly seen are references to iconic Harlem locations, like the Apollo Theater and Malcom X Boulevard, and Colter has previously said Luke Cage is "doing things that people are thinking about and not just playing it safe." And judging by its early reviews, not playing it safe around today's more controversial issues is working out quite well.
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.