A new Marvel hero hits Netflix. He is black and wears a hoodie.
Luke Cage is here. Get ready for a binge watching weekend. Netflix released all 13 episodes of the first season of Luke Cage. This will be the third Marvel series and it is highly anticipated because Cage will be the first black superhero to have his own project. Before you binge, here are some things you need to know:
Who is Luke Cage?
You might know Luke Cage better as Power Man. He has been a Marvel comics character since 1972 when he was framed for a crime. Once in prison, he underwent experimental procedures that gave him the powers he has now, mainly super strength and unbreakable skin. Luke, who is played by Mike Colter, made his debut onscreen last year on Jessica Jones.
Should I Watch Jessica Jones before Luke Cage?
The short answer to this question is "no." The longer answer is that the series picks up about 6 months after the end of the current Jessica Jones storyline, so anything you absolutely need to know will be re-explained throughout the story - and they might even change things. For now, the only things you really need to know are that Luke owned a bar and it blew up. He had a relationship with Jessica and then she killed his wife while under mind control. Then they went their separate ways.
"They are pieces of a puzzle," Marvel's Head of TV, Jeph Loeb, told ET of the various Netflix series. "We're hoping that you enjoy [these seasons] like novels, that you would enjoy each as it stands alone, but if you put them all together, it is a much larger canvas we're working with...Marvel's Jessica Jones told the story through Jessica's eyes -- as it should be -- so it was very much her POV of who Luke is. We're now getting to see Luke in his own world and in his own POV and what happened along the way. So, hopefully, what will happen is people will watch Marvel's Luke Cage and then go back and watch Jessica Jones and go, 'Now I have a greater understanding as to why he is the way that he is in that show.'"
Will Krysten Ritter Be in Luke Cage?
At least for the first seven episodes, she won't be in the series. It isn't known if she will pop up at some point.
Who Else Should I Know About Luke Cage?
It might be worthwhile to remember that Reva Connors (Paris Fitz-Henley) is Luke's late wife, who will play a role and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) is a part as well. Claire is the person who nursed Luke after he was shot in the face. Of course, the Avengers will be mixed throughout conversation, but you should know who they are anyway.
You might also want to remember the mourning mother that Alfre Woodard played in Captain America; Civil War is in no way connected to her character here, Mariah Dillard.
What Are Luke Cage's Powers?
If you did watch Jessica Jones, you've seen him flex his powers. However, we haven't really been told how he got his powers. We've seen bits and pieces, but we've never seen the full story.
What's Up with the Luke Cage Soundtrack?
A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad is the musical supervisor along with musician Adrian Younge. The entire soundtrack and score to the show will take elements from hip-hop to create the overall feel of the score.
Muhammad described the process to Billboard: "Adrian and I took a lot of direction from Cheo. He developed the series with music having as much of a leading role as the other characters. Cheo, Adrian and I speak the same language, musically speaking, so it was easy to compose based on his direction," he said. "He wanted the series to have a hip-hop foundation. Adrian and I interpreted that as meaning we could use the source material sampled in many classic hip-hop songs as the source of inspiration. We also wanted the Luke Cage series to have it’s own unique sound, identifiable only to Luke Cage. We also wanted it to sound unlike anything else being composed for television right now."