Netflix has had great success among fans with Daredevil and Jessica Jones and with Luke Cage hitting Netflix in September, expectations are set high for the new Marvel addition. Audiences got a taste of the Luke Cage character in Jessica Jones, and many feel that he stole the show. But if what the critics are saying is true, they haven’t seen anything yet. Rotten Tomatoes has the synopsis for Netflix’s Luke Cage.
“After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city–forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.”
“…The world is also ready for one of the most socially relevant and smartest shows on the small screen you will see this year. In fact, with star power deluxe from lead Mike Colter and House Of Cards alum Mahershala Ali as the villainous Cornell Cottonmouth Stokes, the 13-episode first season is one of the best shows on the air and on the horizon.”
As seen in the trailer below, Mahershala Ali is going to make a perfect Cornell Cottonmouth. Ali did a great job playing Remy Daton in House of Cards, and the talented actor brought complexity to what otherwise could have been a straightforward character. Some of the greatest villains in the Marvel and comic book universe are very complex, and they are convicted in their purpose. It looks like Ali added all the right ingredients for Cottonmouth to come to life.
Critics raved for both seasons of Daredevil, and Collider has done the same for the first season of Luke Cage, giving the show a five-star review.
“One of the best things about Marvel’s growing set of series on Netflix is how each has managed to create its own distinct feel while not straying too far from the overall tone. Daredevil is dark, literally, and contains some of the universe’s most grisly violence, while Jessica Jones‘ narrative bleakness is tempered by a bright banter. Luke Cage is smooth and deliberate, with Cage himself (Mike Colter) fighting to move both himself and his neighborhood into the light…
Though he may struggle to define his heroism and what it means for himself and Harlem, there are no complications for viewers. He is the hero we’ve been waiting for.”
Of the handful of critics who have already reviewed Luke Cage, the consensus is clear. The latest Marvel show is sure to thrill fans. On September 7, Netflix released new footage of Luke Cage on their YouTube channel.
Netflix has evolved through the years since its inception, and subscribers are just as anxious for Netflix originals as they are for Hollywood blockbusters. The company has provided audiences with high-quality original movies like The Fundamentals of Caring, as well as a plethora of hit series including Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Narcos, Stranger Things, and the list goes on. So when Marvel started working with Netflix to produce original content, fans of comic books and entertainment alike were thrilled, and the duo have delivered. The pair are also working on three more series: Iron Fist, The Punisher(from Daredevil Season 2), and The Defenders.
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As fans eagerly await the Netflix debut of Marvel’s Luke Cage at the end of September, viewers still have time to binge-watch Jessica Jones to get their first look at this commanding superhero.
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