Marvel Television and Netflix have released a new trailer for Luke Cage. Premiering exclusively on Netflix on September 30, Luke Cage is the third series in the pact made between the streaming service and Marvel Television. The title character, as played by Mike Colter, first appeared in last year’s Jessica Jones.
Cage is mostly on his own in the trailer, which shows off his unbreakable skin and super strength abilities. The action looks great, but what I love most about this trailer is the world building within Cage’s neighborhood of Harlem. Cage already has better friends than Daredevil (Charlie Cox) since they encourage him to be a hero rather than trying to shame him for it like Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson).
One of those friends is Pop (Frankie Faison), a new face who may not be long for this world based on one clip in that trailer. Another is Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) a familiar face first introduced in Marvel’s Daredevil. Her experience with costumed vigilantes appears to be quite valuable to Cage as he considers his newfound role as a hero.
The trailer also shows quite a lot of Cottonmouth (Mahershala Ali), the villain of the series. He’s brutal, cunning, and confident. He seems like the kind of bad guy who’s already beaten down a would-be hero or two. Cottonmouth is going to be a challenge for Cage.
We also see Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) as a Harlem politician. As far as we know, this is a different character than the one Woodard played in her brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War earlier this year. Dillard is the cousin of Cottonmouth and we will find out where her allegiance lies when she’s caught between her cousin and Luke Cage in a battle for Harlem. She’s a baddie in the comics, but that does not mean she has to be in the show.
This is a really good trailer. It introduces Cage to anyone who may or may not have seen him already while also giving viewers a sense of the main players Cage will be working with or against. The Marvel content on Netflix has lived in a range between great (Daredevil season one and the first half of season two, Jessica Jones) to still very good (the second half of Daredevil season two). It looks like Luke Cage is going to live on the higher end of that impressive spectrum.
All episodes of Luke Cage will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning September 30.