Marvel’s newest superhero on TV, Luke Cage, is set to debut this week.
The small screen version of the superhero was first introduced in Netflix’s Jessica Jones series, which starred Krysten Ritter. Luke, portrayed by Mike Colter, was Jessica’s love interest. In the show, Luke is reluctant to use his powers such as his super strength and impenetrable skin. He gained these abilities when he became a subject of experiments in prison.
“Luke is a blue-collar superhero with faults and weaknesses. He’s not Superman. I’m proud of that,” Colter told USA Today.
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The show will pick up few months from where Jessica Jones left off. Luke has relocated to Harlem after his bar in Hell’s Kitchen blew up. He will work at Pop’s (Frankie Faison) barbershop and clean dishes at a nightclub owned by the crime boss Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. Stokes is in partnership with his cousin, corrupt politician Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard). There is also a bad guy named Diamondback who will snoop around to find out how to kill Luke.
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Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) is a nurse who saved Luke’s life in Jessica Jones. Colter said Claire will bring out the “flirty, jovial side” of his character. There is also Misty Knight (Simone Missick), an NYPD detective who has a mutual attraction with the indestructible superhero.
There is no word yet if Jessica Jones will appear in Luke Cage Season 1.
Check out the Luke Cage promo teaser below.
Most of the cast members are black, and creator Cheo Hodari Coker doesn’t mind at all. In fact, he sees it as an asset especially in this time of “Black Lives Matter” movement. Both Coker and Colter, however, said that having Luke Cage at this time of social unrest is mere coincidence.
Meanwhile, Coker has also teased on what to expect in Season 2.
Although Season 1 is yet to premiere, Coker has already a plot in mind for the next installment, Gizmondo noted. He said a Luke Cage/Danny Rand Heroes for Hire team-up might be happening in Season 2 rather than in the debut season of the Marvel TV series.
It is going to be a “Sweet Christmas!” for the show indeed.