Sweet Christmas! The wait is almost over. Later this week, fans will have the opportunity to binge watch all 13 episodes of Marvel’s newest Netflix series, Luke Cage. Mike Colter first appeared on Jessica Jones alongside Krysten Ritter, where he left such a significant impression on viewers with his incredible physical presence as well as providing a culturally important element to the seedy world of Hell’s Kitchen.
The response to Luke Cage in that series was extremely positive from both critics and audiences alike. But interestingly enough, the Power Man’s standalone show was originally set to be released after Marvel’s upcoming Iron Fist series, which stars Finn Jones as Danny Rand. Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker revealed this original plan to Complex:
Marvel went from, “We’re gonna take our time” to “Let’s flip it and do Luke Cage first.” We’ve got this great concept and this guy is leaping off the screen, let’s follow the momentum.
Marvel definitely made the right call with this decision. After seeing the promotional footage for Luke Cage, it seems like they have hit it out of the park once again with this Netflix series. Not only was it smart to capitalize on the popularity of the character after a critically acclaimed series preceding it, but it is also nice to see a predominately black comic book show during the times we are living in at the moment. Besides, Coker said it best when he said that “the world is ready for a bulletproof black man.”
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.
All episodes of Marvel’s Luke Cage will be available to stream on Netflix this Friday, September 30.