Not only has Marvel Studios been absolutely dominating the superhero movie market, but their deal with Netflix has provided fans with some of the best superhero TV shows around as well. Daredevil washed away the sins of the failed Ben Affleck movie, Jessica Jones gave us the female hero we'd been waiting for, and now, we are about to get a hero for hire with Luke Cage. We were already excited when he showed up in Jessica Jones, but now, Netflix has revealed the first trailer for the Luke Cage Netflix series, and we are beyond elated.
Marvel decided to debut the footage for a room full of very lucky attendees at San Diego Comic-Con, where the studio typically aims to please their adoring fans. Those who watched Daredevil season 2 were treated to a small Luke Cage tease at the end of the season, and Netflix recently released a poster in anticipation of their SDCC plans. As it turns out, those plans included delivering a trailer that promises another different, but very promising Netflix Marvel series, which will help lead us to the eventual Defenders crossover series.
Luke Cage as a character has a long history in Marvel Comics as a genuinely formidable, very strong good guy, but also as something of a mercenary, but only for the good. He and Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, who will be making his debut in a Netflix series next year, spent many years as the "Heroes for Hire," who would do good deeds, for a price. Luke Cage, also known as Power Man, gained his powers from sabotaged experiment that left him with superhuman strength, and unbreakable skin, who attempts to rebuild his life in New York City. Ultimately, he gets pulled into conflict, all resulting from the past he is trying to bury. As was teased in Jessica Jones, the two are love interests for one another in the comic book world as well, so don't rule out a cameo from Krysten Ritter.
Luke Cage features a very promising, star-studded cast including fan-favorite Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard), Mahershala Ali (Cornell Stokes), Theo Rossi (Alvarez), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Frank Whaley (Detective Scarfe) and showrunner and Executive Producer, Cheo Hodari Coker. This will also serve as another nice bit of diversity for Marvel, as they have been criticized a bit on the movie side of things for whitewashing, and for not letting a female superhero headline a movie yet. Jessica Jones beat the other girls to the punch by headlining her own series, and now Luke Cage is giving Colter a chance to headline his own show as a black superhero, which is another breath of fresh air in the diversity department.
Marvel Studios apparently isn't content with just ruling the box office, they want to be the best thing on TV as well, and this new trailer may make fans believe they can accomplish that goal. Marvel will debut all episodes of Luke Cage Season 1 on Netflix Friday, September 30. Be sure to check out the brand new trailer for Luke Cage for yourself below.