On September 30th, 2016, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding to include a Netflix show following the indestructible Luke Cage. Like its counterparts Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Luke Cage's show has a gritty, realistic feel. It touches on themes like black culture, politics, and crime. Additionally, Luke Cage is complex, multi-faceted, and oh so human. We follow Luke, an accidental sort of hero who realizes how he can make a difference with his abilities. So without further ado, here are the top 3 reasons I'm excited for Luke Cage's arrival to Netflix.
1. Luke is relatable.
How can a man with super strength whose skin is bulletproof be similar to your average Joe? He just wants to be "left the hell alone". He starts out as a realistic sort of non-hero. When confronted, he will protect his own but until then he keeps to himself. He doesn't have some higher moral calling. He doesn't fight crime as a lawyer during the day and single-handedly take justice into his own hands at night. He doesn't have a vendetta against an uncontrolled psychopath with telekinetic control. He has a bar. He's still getting over the death of his wife. He wears hoodies. He just happens to have been experimented on. He didn't ask to be pulled into the superhero life. Jessica Jones pulled him into it and the destruction of Harlem businesses by crime leader Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes forced him to stay. He even shies away from the spotlight but never hides. Luke's ordinariness shows the behind-the-scenes realities and sacrifices super heroes have to make.
2. Heroic civilian nurse, Claire Temple, is returning.
We were first introduced to this selfless character when she dragged an injured Daredevil out of a dumpster and saved him from bleeding out on her couch. She, like Luke Cage, isn't the type of person that stands by idly when something is happening. She patches up Daredevil's serious injuries on the regular, doesn't stand for corporate cover-ups, and takes it all in stride when Jessica Jones gives her a concussed, unconscious Luke Cage in the events leading up to the final confrontation with Kilgrave. From the trailers she seems to play an integral role in Luke's support system. She tells him "There is nothing that can hurt you, so what the hell are you afraid of?"
3. It is set in Harlem, New York.
What I love about the last 3 MCU shows on Netflix is that they are all in New York City, the quintessential American city. They have realistic heroes that have their own problems and vices. There supporting characters are diverse and resilient. In the trailer, cop Misty Knight seems to catch on to Luke's enhancements. The denizens of Harlem wholeheartedly embrace their unofficial hero; trading jackets with him and confronting him about the implications of his actions. "You might be bulletproof, but Harlem ain't."