Netflix has just released the latest in the Marvel series, and we are so stoked! Luke Cage, who played a major role in Marvel’s stunning triumph Jessica Jones, is back with his own show and complex storyline filled with great, nuanced characters. Here are out top reasons for watching this show:
1. Luke Cage’s character
Luke Cage is indestructible; bullets fly off him, nothing can penetrate his skin. He is super strong, capable of sending his enemies flying through the air with barely a push. But he’s also a good person; he’s loyal to those he holds dear, and protects people – even if he doesn’t know them and even when his life would be easier if he just walked away. Our screens definitely need more people like that – people who have a moral compass and are self-sacrificing when the situation calls for it. Check out the trailer here.
2. His appearance in Jessica Jones
From the moment he entered Jessica Jones’ world, he was on fire (not literally)! He is a smoldering, sexy man with a mysterious past. Jessica Jones is set after Luke Cage in terms of the timeline, so watching Luke Cage answers a lot of questions about his life that are left open in JJ, like “Who exactly is Reva?” and “How did Luke get so strong?”. Mike Colt is a very versatile actor, and he makes us want to see more – beware: binge-watching likely!
3. Simone Missick as Misty Knight
Simone Missick plays Detective Misty Knight, an extremely clever, beautiful woman who crosses Luke’s path in a seemingly inconsequential encounter, only to discover that their lives are much more intertwined than they both expected. She can also play basketball like a pro and we’re already in love – or do we want to be like her? Either way, we’re happy. Also, there is some serious chemistry between her and Luke. Hot!
4. Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard
Alfre Woodard also stars in this show as Mariah Dillard, a shady councilwoman who seems to deal with criminals for the greater good of her council. You might remember this actress from her role in Captain America: Civil War, or 12 Years a Slave, but her resume is far from sparse. We can’t wait to see how this story unfolds with her character at the center.
5. Gritty realism mixed with superpowers
While Jessica Jones focused strongly on an evil mastermind supervillain and superpowers generally, Luke Cage deals more with ordinary but powerful criminals, politics and corruption, giving the show a gritty and familiar realism that people can relate to a little more easily.
6. Social Commentary
Peppered with social commentary on inequality and corruption in the United States, this is a fantastic show to watch just to learn something about history, Malcom X and social injustice. We also love the predominantly black cast, which makes for a nice change from our usually white-dominated screens.
7. The Music
Every episode of Luke Cage is named after a different rap song – how cool is that? Check out this video by Netflix explaining where the inspiration for the soundtrack came from.