In five weeks, Marvel’s newest “street level” superhero will arrive as the first season of Luke Cage premieres on Netflix. We’ve enjoyed a fairly steady trickle of news about the upcoming series ever since San Diego Comic-Con, where showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker revealed that every episode would be named after a track by legendary hip-hop duo Gang Starr. The SDCC teaser helped set the tone for the intensity that series star Mike Colter brings to the table, and the full-length trailer gave us a larger glimpse at the world of Luke Cage.
Today, Netflix revealed the first clip from the series, featuring Cage sauntering into a boxing gym to make short work of the goons inside – and judging by this footage, his next stop might be a department store.
This is precisely the kind of clip I like to see from an upcoming show: it establishes a sense of tone, but doesn’t give away any important plot elements or major action sequences. Marvel could do well to take a cue from Netflix in this regard, as too many of the studio’s recent big-screen offerings have lessened the impact of key moments by revealing them in their own marketing materials.
I love Colter in this role, and introducing him to fans with a supporting turn in Jessica Jones was a smart move to help audiences familiarize themselves with his abilities and his persona, rather than dropping them in blindly. I’m curious to see if they do something similar with Iron Fist – maybe he’ll pop up in a brief cameo during Luke Cage‘s initial run, before spinning off into his own adventure next year.
Also starring Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley, Erik LaRay Harvey, Rosario Dawson, Frankie Faison, and Alfre Woodard, Luke Cage is set to premiere on September 30, exclusively on Netflix.
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