Paul McGuigan, Phil Abraham
Cheo Hodari Coker
Mike Colter as Luke Cage
Simone Missick as Misty Knight
Theo Rossil as Hernan ‘Shades’ Alvarez
Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard
Jaiden Kaine as Zip
Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple
Netflix subscribers familiar with Daredevil and Jessica Jones were likely anticipating the release of Luke Cage. Netflix sent the long- awaited announcement to subscribers about the release, and if you were excited to learn about it there is a huge treat to look forward to. If you are not as familiar with what Marvel has to offer (other action flicks or characters), the email notice likely had no meaning. But, think again.
Luke Cage (aka Carl Lucas) obtains super strength and indestructible skin after an experiment in prison goes wrong. He goes to Harlem to start a new life only to become the city’s protector. He loves his city but finds himself in dangerous situations. Mike Colter is the title character. He is thoughtful and charismatic. As you watch him in his fictional world you tend to forget he has superpowers.
Anyone can enjoy Luke Cage even if you know little about Marvel Cinematic Universe
There are some shows that can be difficult to get into after the third or fourth season, especially when the backstory is shared with other episodes including movies and TV shows. With Luke Cage, you don’t have to be familiar with previous seasons to get into it. This is a great show to watch if you are new to the whole aspect of Marvel. It features a plot that is new and refreshing. It is a great show on its own, but it can introduce you to other shows including the Avengers and Netflix lineup of shows including Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. You will be hooked after one season.
Luke Cage scenes are known for having amazing music. Few fans feel Marvel has been off the rails when it comes to creating music for their movies. But finally, it seems like they got it right this time around. Music plays an important role on the show so it is obvious they needed to get it right. A music production company well-known for creating content of this nature was tapped by Netflix to do the music and it shows. A music web series and Spotify playlist are also available for those who want to enjoy the music at any time.
The colors are vibrant and eye-catching while paying homage to Cage
Viewers will notice a yellow hue as you watch the show. This is meant to be as creates the setting for Luke’s history. If you are familiar with the comics, Luke Cage is featured in the same color but with something different. When Mike Colter did an interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this year he mentioned the production worked to give fans what they wanted to see. Colter said fans won’t see yellow shirts all the time, but the color is more of a mustard shade. This is where things started. The brightness got taken down a notch. Yet, the nostalgic feeling comes through well with yellow. And yes, the glamor factor is there as well.
Other shows and movies don’t compare
If you have watched other Marvel offerings then you know you are in for a treat. Comparing other movies and TV shows to this leave many simply saying DAMN! Early episodes of the season include a variety of characters including Daredevil’s Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), snippets from Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Iron Man 2’s the return of Hammer Industries. There are other goods to go on and on about, but many of these inclusions will pay off in more ways than one.
Well done, Marvel.