It’s Christmas in August!
Marvel and Netflix have been teasing fans with glimpses of Luke Cage since the March release of Daredevil Season 2. The footage available so far has been relatively brief, with little detail as to the plot of the show. Even the first full “trailer” at San Diego Comic Con was really just a contextless scene. Fans got more details from the Netflix “sizzle reel” than the trailer. The thirst for more info, however, can now be quenched.
This morning Marvel released the latest trailer for Luke Cage and it provides much more detail about what to expect from Luke, his allies, and his opponents when the series releases in late September. In particular, the trailer gives viewers hints at Luke’s motivation for coming out of a quiet, private life to actively fighting crime. It appears that local criminals, including Cottonmouth, are running a protection racket. Luke decides that the small business owners of Harlem deserve his protection. Also, someone that Luke cares for appears to be injured or killed in the outbreak of violence.
Also of interest in the trailer is some better introduction to Misty Knight. Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple also plays a significant role in the trailer, after meeting Luke at the tail end of Jessica Jones. She has enough lines in the trailer to suggest her role in this series will be maybe her largest in Marvel’s Netflix universe. Fans get some more clips of action, though much of that comes from previously shown footage. The trailer gives a lot of great shots of Harlem, which the cast has consistently called a “character” in the show. And what about the brilliant way the writers incorporated Luke’s tiara and metal bracelets?
To see the trailer yourself check out the video above. Does this make you more excited for Luke Cage? What was your favorite part of the trailer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Luke Cage starring Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Mahershala Ali, Theo Rossi, Alfre Woodard, and Frank Whaley premiers exclusively on Netflix September 30th. Previous entries into the Netflix corner of the MCU, Daredevil and Jessica Jones (featuring the debut of Mr. Cage himself), are now available to stream.