Luke Cage featurette

We’ve already met Netflix’s next leading Marvel hero, thanks to Mike Colter‘s recurring role on Jessica Jones season one. We’re familiar with his powers and his personality, as well as the broad strokes of his backstory. But as we approach the much-anticipated premiere of the Luke Cage solo series, Netflix thinks there are a few more things we ought to know. A new Luke Cage featurette gets us up to speed on the man with unbreakable skin — what he’s been up to since we last saw him, and where he’s headed next in his own show.  Read More »

Luke Cage

Much has been made of Luke Cage‘s hip-hop influences. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has talked up the “musicality” of the series, comparing the 13 episodes of season one to tracks on an album and promising big-name guest stars from Faith Evans to Charles Bradley. So ahead of the series’ fall debut, Netflix has released a Luke Cage featurette that digs into this particularly unusual element of their next Marvel show.

Coker and his star Mike Colter make appearances as talking heads, of course, and they’re joined by Method Man and A$AP Ferg and Luke Cage music supervisors Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Watch the Luke Cage music featurette below.  Read More »

Luke Cage trailer

Both Daredevil and Jessica Jones were based in Hell’s Kitchen, but perhaps after realizing that a neighborhood of one square mile can only sustain so many superheroes at a time, Netflix’s next Marvel hero is headed uptown. Luke Cage picks back up with the unbreakable badass we last saw in Jessica Jones. Nowadays, though, his concern is protecting his neighborhood of Harlem.

The show promises to feature a few familiar faces, like Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and of course Mike Colter as Luke Cage. But he’ll be making some new friends as well, like Simone Missick‘s Misty Knight, and facing off against a number of baddies including Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali), Shades (Theo Rossi), and Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard, playing a completely different MCU character from the one we saw in Captain America: Civil War). Watch the latest Luke Cage trailer below.
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Luke Cage footage 2

Netflix presented a panel on Marvel’s Luke Cage to the Television Critics Association. Luke Cage is the third Marvel TV series for Netflix, to be followed by Iron Fist and the team-up The Defenders. Showrunner Cheo Coker spoke about the show’s influences and tone, but first Alfre Woodard deflected a question about her role in both Captain America: Civil War and Luke Cage. In Civil War, she played a mother who confronts Tony Stark after her son dies in an Avengers battle. She is a lead character on Luke Cage.

“My name is Mariah Dillard,” Woodard said. “I was born and bred in Harlem and I don’t know what you’re talking about Captain America.”  Read More »