While the Avengers battle it out on a global scale, the Marvel Cinematic Universe also plays host to an equally intriguing set of street-level stories in Netflix's growing collection of Defenders TV shows. Currently consisting of two seasons of Daredevil and one season of Jessica Jones, the Defenders universe is set to expand further this year with the arrival of Luke Cage, which stars Mike Colter in the title role as a man who is virtually invincible - but unfortunately not immune to trouble.
Luke Cage (also known as Power Man in the comics) was first introduced in Jessica Jones as the titular private investigator's local bartender/lover. Since both characters have superpowers they made for a fiery romantic match, but secrets from Jessica's past meant that their relationship was also pretty tumultuous. It's as-yet unconfirmed whether Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter will make an appearance in Luke Cage, but based on what we've seen from the Netflix shows so far, there's bound be at least a few crossover elements.
We recently learned that Luke Cage is set to be featured as part of Marvel's TV lineup at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, with Colter himself in attendance along with his co-star Alfre Woodard and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. To get fans excited for what will hopefully be a sneak peek at some new footage from the show, Marvel has released the first poster for Luke Cage (via TVInsider) - a simple but effective design with artwork by Joe Quesada. Check it out below:
Those lucky fans in attendance at SDCC this year can pick up a copy of this poster at the Marvel booth at any time throughout the convention (including Preview Night). Quesada, who is a veteran comic book artist as well as being Marvel Entertainment's chief creative officer, told TVInsider, "There’s always great pressure with superhero posters... You’ve got one shot to encapsulate a character with a pose that’s provocative and that you hope will someday be iconic." Quesada also praised the series' lead, saying, "Mike gives Luke a smoldering strength... He’s sexy and calming. And the ladies love it."
San Diego Comic-Con 2016 will take place at San Diego Convention Center from July 21st - July 24th. The panel for Marvel’s Luke Cage: will take place on Thursday 21st July from 5:45pm – 6:45pm in Ballroom 20.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher spinoff on Netflix have not yet been announced. Daredevil season 3 has yet to be confirmed.