A mere week before the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet again contributes a new offering to Netflix, that being the anticipated second season of mega-hit Netflix Original Series, Daredevil, both Netflix and Marvel have issued a joint press release confirming when we can expect the next major expansion of the MCU on the world’s biggest streaming service. Luke Cage is officially set to debut its first season on Netflix on September 30th of this year!
The character of Luke Cage, portrayed by Halo series actor, Mike Colter, has already been introduced in the MCU as of late last year, where he served as a recurring character on the first season of sibling Marvel series, Jessica Jones. Cage already had his familiar powers from Marvel Comics lore during the events of Jessica Jones as well, namely superhuman strength and impenetrable skin, granted to him from a botched experiment during his time in prison.
Luke Cage is said to take place after the events of Jessica Jones’ first season, and will explore the character going back to his familiar stomping ground of Harlem, confronting a past that he attempted to bury upon the surfacing of a dangerous new villain. This will mark the first time that Marvel’s Netflix shows have moved outside of Hell’s Kitchen, though Harlem has played a sizable role in the MCU before, where it served as the setting for a destructive climax in 2008 movie, The Incredible Hulk.
Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple, a recurring character from Daredevil that also made a cameo in the first season finale of Jessica Jones, will also appear in Luke Cage in some capacity, with the character originating from the vintage Luke Cage comics from the 1960’s. Luke Cage’s first season will also star Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Frank Whaley as Rafael Scarfe, Mahershala Ali as Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth, Theo Rossi as Shades, and Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, a re-invention of retro Luke Cage nemesis, Black Mariah.
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