Marvel’s Luke Cage is coming out on Netflix this Friday, September 30, and we just can’t help being all excited about it. After Luke Cage made his debut on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, we all knew that he was the one we needed to see more of. And we got our wish with the approval of the new Marvel’s Luke Cage series. The teasers from the past three months or so have done their job in ramping up our excitement. With just days to spare, today Netflix just dropped what will possibly be the final trailer before the series airs.
In this trailer we get to see more footage of the new characters that will be making their Marvel/Netflix series debut in Luke Cage. We already know Luke Cage , played by Mike Colter, from Marvel’s Jessica Jones. He is trying to keep his head low while dealing with the aftermath of what happened in Jessica Jones and with his own abilities. However, that is never possible in the Marvel Universe. In comes Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, played to perfection by Mahershala Ali, the underground kingpin of Harlem with a desire to be on top of everyone and everything. Cage’s appearance in Harlem, however, may end up blowing up his plans of citywide dominance.
Mahershala Ali presents us with a Cottonmouth that fits in well with the baddies we’ve seen in the Marvel/Netflix TV universe. He’s charismatic and entertaining, but with a hint of crazy and a dash of dangerous that makes him a formidable and believable threat. The inevitable clash between Cage and Cottonmouth is made all the more exciting because of the performance we’ve seen so far.
The new trailer serves to build up these two characters as well as several others we’ve seen in the Luke Cage promotional material. We get a better glimpse of Mariah Dillard, played by Alfre Woodard, who promotes herself as the politician for the people while also helping out her criminal cousin Cottonmouth behind the scenes. Based off the trailer, we get an idea that she wants Cage out of the picture ASAP! She is definitely gearing to be one of those grey area characters, neither wholly good or bad.
On the good side, we have Rosario Dawson returning as Claire Temple and Misty Knight played by Simone Missick. The trailers haven’t done anything to convey to us what kind of role Claire is going to have this season, but we’re sure she’ll be helping out Cage in whatever way she can at the expense of herself. Misty Knight’s appearance looks to be around the same area as the comics, except she is still very much involved in law enforcement and doesn’t have a robotic arm. Her sense of justice is pervasive and will definitely mark her character throughout the series.
Although the Marvel/Netflix TV universe has touched upon political ground before and has covered heavy topics like corruption, Marvel’s Luke Cage may be the most politically intensive and relevant yet. Of course, as nhas been the case for all of Marvel’s Netflix series, corruption is everywhere. However, as we’ve seen in the trailers, race and discrimination will be an issue that the series tackles heavily as well. With recent current events, this show will be a good reflection of current issues going on right now in our country.
The official synopsis of the series is as follows:
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.
This new trailer just serves to continue stoking those already present tensions while also making sure we have an idea of who characters are before we binge watch. Make sure to check out the trailer below and let us know what you think about it in the comments below.