Marvel’s Luke Cage is the third Marvel Studios series for Netflix, following in the footsteps of Daredevil and Jessica Jones. After playing a significant role in Jessica Jones, Mike Colter returns to play Luke Cage, a man with impenetrable skin and strength. Shooting him is pointless, since bullets just bounce right off of him. The 13-episode freshman season of the show will debut on Netflix on September 30 at 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT.
The character Luke Cage, also known as Power Man, was introduced in 1972 in Hero For Hire, as Marvel sought to cash-in on blacksploitation movies. Coulter told ComicBook.com that the series will take place a few months after Jessica Jones. In that series (spoiler alert), Cage saw his bar blown up, losing his job and a place to live. By the time the new show starts, we find Cage in Harlem.
“So in real time, if you watch Jessica Jones, you’ll find [at the end] Luke Cage uptown in Harlem, working, trying to make ends meet,” Coulter told ComicBook.com. “Luke Cage really hasn’t figured out what he’s doing. He’s tending bar, he’s bouncing around. And for good reason, he’s a fugitive, he has some skeletons in his closet.”
PREMIERE DATE: Friday, September 30, 2016
TIME: 12 a.m. PT/3 a.m. ET
Mike Colter as Luke Cage
Mahershala Ali as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes
Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard
Simone Missick as Misty Knight
Theo Rossi as “Shades” Alvarez
Frank Whaley as Rafael Scarfe
Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple
Sonia Braga as Soledad Temple
WHAT’S NEXT?: After Luke Cage, Iron Fist will be released next year. After that, a Defenders miniseries will bring together Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist.