One of the aspects Netflix has so far nailed perfectly in its ventures through the Marvel Universe is differentiating each hero, keeping every installment unique. Matt Murdock, in Daredevil, is all about finesse, agility and pushing your body past limits you didn’t even think imaginable. Jessica Jones is more a detective, using a keen intellect that she would deny she has in the first place, all the while keeping her actual superpowers on the back-burner.
And, if the teaser released at San Diego Comic Con is any indication, Luke Cage is here to straight mess your shit up.
Cage–a character we’ve already seen played to stoic perfection by Mike Colter in Jessica Jones and this brief, post-Daredevil clip–is the definition of a redemption arc. Incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit, a prison experiment gone wrong gives Cage both unbreakable skin and the desire to turn his life around on the crime-riddled streets of Harlem, New York. Said showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker during Luke Cage‘s Comic Con panel: “When I think about what’s going on in the world right now, the world is ready for a bulletproof black man.”
Coker is, not, wrong. Actually, Luke Cage appears to be hitting every satisfaction point it needs to, in both social commentary and pure nerd gratification. Could I even name the most perfect part of that teaser above? Is it the fact it’s set to ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”? Is it Colter himself, who seems gifted from the Marvel deities above solely to play Luke Cage? Is it the fact that Cage did not, in any way, need to rip that door off that car before knocking down that wall? He’s bulletproof. The door did nothing except cement Luke Cage as the type of dude who will use a car door to knock down a wall out of pure, unnecessary badassery. Sweet Christmas, I love it.
All episodes of Marvel’s Luke Cage drop on Netflix September 30, 2016.