In just a few short hours, Marvel's third Netflix series Luke Cage will debut on the streaming service. While we get ready for the 12:01 AM debut of this highly-anticipated show, Marvel has decided to debut the opening credits sequence ahead of the show's premiere. This title sequence gives fans a glimpse at the title character's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, which has been showcased in Daredevil and Jessica Jones as well.
Fans first got a glimpse at Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man, during last year's Jessica Jones, but this series will introduce a number of new heroes and villains. Aside from the credits scene that debuted on Twitter, IGN caught up with the stars who play two of the new villains, Mahershala Ali (Cottonmouth Stokes) and Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard). Cottonmouth Stokes is a Harlem crime boss who happens to be the cousin of Mariah Dillard, an up and coming politician who allows him to operate within her area. When asked about this contentious relationship between Stokes and Dillard, Alfre Woodard had this to say.
"Everybody is just trying to make order of life around them, and you have partnerships, and so, and especially if you have family, everybody is going to be in it. Some of every kind of person. But by the time you discover all your differences and your different ways of approaching things, you've already been weaned together, played together, you already have relationships... so I think it paints a very realistic picture that a politician on the up and up has in their family a successful businessman who steps in and out of the gray areas. But you don't divorce them."
In the Marvel Comics, Mariah Dillard is known as Black Mariah, but in the series, it's slightly different. The show pays homage to the name, revealing that it was a name that Cottonmouth would call his cousin when they were children. Mahershala Ali also revealed that a TV series like Luke Cage allows the actors to dig deeper into these villains as characters, much more than you can accomplish in a two-hour Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
"I would say that the audience has grown more and more savvy, and I think that the heroes themselves have pretty much stayed within a certain framework. It's the villains that have gotten more interesting. They've had to get rounded out. And you've got to understand what triggers people, what drives them. And then so, along with that, the worlds themselves have gotten a little bit more complicated, and somewhat of a better reflection of how we all live real life. So to me, at this point, it's about trying to make these projects gritty and have elements in them that reflect urban life in some way, shape, or form that resonate as truthful. Because people can handle it....and I think it's a positive thing, because you give yourself an opportunity to capture people who are not necessarily that invested in these types of stories. Who go, 'Oh, this is actually good. I've never really been really attracted to these kind of stories, but besides the guy being able to fly, or jump around, and move things, or he's bulletproof, this is great.'"
In related news, one of the Luke Cage stars, Simone Missick, who plays Misty Knight, confirmed in an interview that she will be reprising her role in Netflix's The Defenders, which will bring together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. It still hasn't been confirmed when The Defenders will air on Netflix, but it is believed to debut sometime next year, after the premiere of Iron Fist. Take a look at the Luke Cage opening credits sequence below.