It appears that the new series will have a much different feel to it than other Marvel Netflix shows. Much of this is because there has been a change in setting — moving from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem.
Simone Missick, who plays in the show, has said that “the colors, the feel, the sounds — everything about this show is its own thing. Harlem is a character in this show. All the other shows took place in Hell’s Kitchen; this is the first one that’s taking place in Harlem, and you definitely feel that. You feel that in the music, in the conversation, in the characters, everything. It’s its own thing.”
In the past, Harlem has been explored, through various kinds of media, by numerous filmmakers. However, Luke Cage examines it using a totally new lens, which is that of the modern restructured superhero.
Luke Cage is not the first black superhero to be found in mainstream comic books — the honor goes to Black Panther, who debuted onscreen in Captain America: Civil War.
Unless you are going to count Guardians of the Galaxy, every Marvel’s film and show had white characters in main roles. Luke Cage will set a new example. While some may not care less, for many, it’s a huge step forward in representation, even if it took eight years.