We're just weeks away from Netflix's Luke Cage series — the first Marvel show with a black superhero lead — but we understand if fans are feeling impatient. Early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Luke Cage might not just be Netflix's best superhero offering, but one of the best series from Netflix to date.
Naturally, fans want to know a little more about the show aside from the basic premise: Luke, a hero with indestructible skin, returns to Harlem, and the criminal underworld is afraid.
Thankfully, Mike Colter, who plays the titular character, provided some details ahead of the show's release during a May Facebook Live interview with Entertainment Weekly. While Colter couldn't reveal too much during the two-part interview, he explained the central conflict facing Luke and Harlem:
There are politicians and then there are shady characters that function on the other side of the law. Who does what? I won't say, but this becomes a situation where there are a lot of people who want to help Harlem and think they have Harlem's best interests. But, ultimately, just because they think or say they have Harlem's best interests, sometimes they're being very selfish or being very short-sighted. So sometimes what they're doing is actually harming the community.
Essentially, these conflicts force the indestructible Luke to step up and try to save the community.
A lot of people get hurt, a lot of lives are lost and unfortunately he's the only one who is capable of actually helping deal with this because sometimes the law enforcement is actually not the best because they're not aware or they're not capable, or maybe they're corrupt. So, without getting into too many details, Luke Cage is gonna have to step up and be the man.
Many of the positive reviews for the show have preached the same sermon, and if it's executed as well as the reviews indicate, Marvel has hit another home run on the small screen.
"Though Cage isn't always confident, he's extremely principled with a magnetic charisma, making him a kind of Captain America to this ragtag group of vigilantes," Allison Keene wrote in a review for Collider. "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."
Luke Cage makes it way to Netflix Sept. 30.