Netflix has been doing well for itself with their Marvel branded original shows, starting with Daredevil, then followed up with Jessica Jones. Both shows have been immensely successful, paving the way for Netflix to develop even more superhero series. Luke Cage is the next show in the Netflix/Marvel pipeline, and is set to release on September 30. If they follow their formula from Daredevil and Jessica Jones, then the entire season will be available for streaming upon release. The show’s official 2:46 long trailer was released on YouTube three days ago, and began circulating as pre-video advertisements today.
Luke Cage, also known as Power Man, something we may see at the end of the first season (or not, considering his ties to Jessica Jones). The trailer gives a basic idea of what the series will be about. It’s unclear from the trailer whether Cage has known about his bulletproof body for a long time, or if he discovers it over the course of the series. What we do know is that he’s a good man in the rough neighborhood of Harlem, New York City. Being involved in violent gang activity, and a woman he loves and needs to protect, it’s clear that Cage will use his powers to keep her safe, and those being threatened by the gangs of Harlem. We see him take on a group of gang members harassing and threatening the husband and wife owners of a Chinese restaurant, then giving the wife his word that “he’s got her.”
It seems the biggest point of drama in the show comes from Luke Cage’s relationship with his lover/wife, and his desire to keep Harlem clean and safe. One of the final lines in the trailer comes from his aforementioned lover, saying “You may be bulletproof, but Harlem is not.” I get the sense from this line that she agrees with Cage’s wants, but doesn’t want him to cause damage while doing it.
Overall, the trailer gives the sense that the show will have heart, while keeping the same violent and gritty realism that Daredevil and Jessica Jones provide. It might be safe to say that there will also be a few crossovers over the course of the series, considering Hell’s Kitchen (the setting for DD and JJ) is close by, and the other series have had crossovers themselves. If you’ve got a Netflix subscription, you’ll be able to watch what all 13 episodes upon release on September 30. Will you binge watch all of them in one or two sittings? I know I probably will. If you’re interested in checking out Luke Cage’s origin story before the show comes out, you can check it out here.