If Daredevil taught us anything, it’s that Netflix knows how to do the Marvel Universe true justice. I haven’t caught much of Jessica Jones, but I’ve heard nothing but praise for that series as well. Something great is happening between Marvel and Netflix, and it’s growing. Luke Cage is the newest marquee name to be added to the Netflix Originals roster, and it looks promising.
I’ve been a comic book reader since 1988 and I’ll be completely honest with you: the character of Luke Cage has never done much for me. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but I’ve just never taken much interest in him. I can’t even tell you when he was introduced. Just the same, my interest level is shifting as we speak, and that’s a direct result of the talent affixed to Netflix’s new serious.
Mike Colter steps up to play Luke Cage, and if you’ve seen his work (he’s in at least a few episodes of Jessica Jones, I can tell you that), you know he pretty much oozes bad ass. As an actor I really dig the man’s stuff, and I think he can do some big things with this character. Mahershala Ali is also in the lineup, and he too can be a damn gnarly dude. So far we’re batting a thousand. And, just to add a little icing on top of the Cage, pardon me, the cake, brilliant character actor Frankie Faison is also slotted in a pretty key role. If you don’t know who Faison is, I feel sorry for you. This is the man that walks in the room and commands respect, and he’s been featured in some superb productions, like The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, The Wire, Cookout, Red Dragon (now that I think about it, he may be in every single adaptation of Thomas Harris’ uber creepy cannibal series). That’s just off the top of the head. Faison is an absolute stud.
So, we’ve got the savvy of the Netflix crew, a great actor in the shoes of the hero, stellar support, and if Daredevil is any indicator, probably some gnarly visuals.
Speaking of being in, I’m completely into this new trailer for the series, which is tapped to premiere on Netflix come September 30th. Check it out below, we’re about to have yet another slick Marvel transfer to binge on!
Synopsis: Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.