The official Luke Cage release date for its Netflix premiere has been confirmed at last, and TV is about to get its next series about a black superhero. Mike Colter was on hand for Marvel and Netflix’s red carpet event for Daredevil when he dropped the news for fans of the “unbreakable” vigilante.
When we first saw Luke Cage, it was in the Netflix series Jessica Jones, where the female private investigator with a love for cheap alcohol and a need to hide her powers had chased down Kilgrave. Also known as the Purple Man in the comics, Kilgrave had the ability to produce a pheromone which caused everyone who heard him to do what he wanted. The first season of the Netflix show, featuring Breaking Bad alum Krysten Ritter, had her hunting down the villain, played by Doctor Who veteran David Tennant.
At one point, Jessica had even had to fight Luke Cage because he’d fallen victim to Kilgrave’s powers.
On the Luke Cage Netflix release date of September 30, we won’t need any establishing episodes thanks to Jessica Jones. A product of an experiment, Cage was left with super strength and unbreakable skin, reports Coming Soon. He ended up a fugitive trying to put his life back together and that was probably what we saw as Mike Colter played the role as a bartender with a secret.
In the comics, Jessica and Luke end up married, despite Jones’ show revealing that she had killed his first wife. It’s unknown if the Luke Cage Netflix release date will follow that storyline, but the two will end up joining Daredevil and the upcoming Iron Fist to form the smaller screen team known as The Defenders under Marvel.
Fans are likely hoping that the Avengers and the Defenders will eventually have a crossover, but it doesn’t appear it’s going to happen. Unless Netflix and Disney can work out a deal like they did for Spider-Man and Hulk (Sony and Universal Pictures properties, respectively), we will probably never see Iron Fist and Iron Man on the same screen.
The Luke Cage Netflix premiere release date will include a mostly new cast of supporting characters. Simone Missick (Taste of Romance) is expected to play Misty Knight, Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction) is Rafael Scarfe, Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games) is Cottonmouth, Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) is Shades, and Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave) is Mariah Dillard. Rosario Dawson (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) is returning to reprise her Daredevil role as Claire Temple.
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Misty Knight is a character with a bionic arm who has superhuman strength and the ability to unleash concussive blasts. She is also known to share Magneto’s mutant ability.
Rafael Scarfe is a hard-nosed detective who may be attempting to bring Luke Cage to justice, unknowingly making justice that much harder to deal out.
Cottonmouth is a known drug trader who may be the main villain in the series when the Luke Cage Netflix release date arrives. Shades is known for his designer eye apparel and may be one of Cottonmouth’s bodyguards.
Mariah Dillard is a villain with excessive body weight who uses an ambulance to steal dead bodies and loot them with her gang, known as the Rat Pack.
There are no further details known, other than Mike Colter’s admission that “It’s going to be action-packed, from beginning to the very end. Trust me. Daredevil premieres March 18, and I will see the fans on September 30th.”
With Jessica Jones possibly being renewed for a second season, it’s unknown who her next villain she will be. That said, we may be seeing some crossover villains after the Luke Cage Netflix premiere release date hits.
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