Luke Cage, the hero we need
“The world is ready for a bulletproof black man.”
That’s what Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker said at Comic-Con in July. I would watch the show based on that statement alone but Netflix’s Luke Cage looks like it’s actually going to live up to the hype. Ahead of the show’s release on Friday, Netflix has dropped the final trailer. It’s SO good. If you need me this weekend, I’ll be on my couch mainlining episodes and ignoring real life. Don’t call me unless you’re bringing over snacks.
We first met Luke Cage (Mike Colter) in season one of Jessica Jones, one of my favourite shows of the last five years. If you’ve haven’t seen Jessica Jones, what the eff are you waiting for? Abandon everything and start now. You have 4 days. Cage is now on his own, grappling with what it means to be a hero while he kicks ass in Harlem. In a hoodie. A black man in a hoodie is a Marvel super hero. I don’t think I need to break down why this is significant. Luke Cage is the super hero we need. See the amazingness for yourself and meet me on the other side.
Yes, that was a cameo by Method Man. The trailer is set to Nas’s Made You Look, one of the greatest rap songs of all time. Every episode is named after a Gang Starr song. Hip-hop is going to play a major part in this series. Coker calls it, “the Wu Tang-ification of the Marvel universe.” This show is so black. I. Can’t. F-cking. Wait.
The trailer also shows us more of a glimpse at the supporting cast. Rosario Dawson was wasted in Daredevil and left us wanting more in Jessica Jones. She’s supposed to have a good arc as Claire, Luke’s potential love interest? I haven’t read the comics so I have no idea but I wouldn’t mind watching Mike Colter and Rosario Dawson break a few headboards, if you know what I mean. Mahershala Ali (House Of Cards) plays villain Cornell Stokes and I’m already terrified of him. Then, there’s Alfre Woodard, who needs no introduction. God, this is going to be so good.
All 13 episodes of Luke Cage season one debut on Netflix this Friday.