Have you ever wondered what it would be like if a bulletproof, comic book superhero based on 1970’s Blaxploitation movies walked around modern day Harlem fighting crime? Or are you just ready to see an African-American finally get his very own Netflix show? Marvel’s Luke Cage has got you covered.
The story of a wrongfully convicted prison inmate turned into the bulletproof, indestructible ‘hero for hire’ by secret medical experiments finally makes its live action debut. As the latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Netflix division, Luke Cage joins the ranks of critically acclaimed shows such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and the soon-to-be released Iron Fist, all culminating in The Defenders in 2017.
Set several months after the events of Jessica Jones, the series starts with our titular hero laying low in the New York neighborhood of Harlem. Wanting to start over and live a quiet life, Luke works two jobs, one at Pop’s Barbershop, and Harlem’s Paradise, a nightclub owned by the ruthless Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. This obscurity doesn’t last long however, as Cottonmouth’s criminal misdeeds, as well as demons from Luke’s past arrive to haunt both him and Harlem itself, forcing him to step out of the shadows and be the hero the city needs.
Aside from being a proper superhero tale, Luke Cage also portrays urban black culture in a way that is respectful and endearing, especially when it comes to Harlem itself. The Manhattan neighborhood is such a driving force behind the plot and the character’s motivations that it practically becomes the star of the show.
Music lovers also have a reason to tune in. Hip-hop/R&B music is properly represented in the show in the form of several up and coming real-life artists performing their hits in the Harlem’s Paradise club sequences. Such ballads include Jidenna’s “Long Live the Chief”, Raphael Saadiq’s “Good Man”, and more.
All in all Luke Cage is a unique, engaging Netflix offering that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to check it out.