The new Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage had a lot to live up to. The previous Netflix series Daredevil and Jessica Jones were both fantastic and beloved by all. Thankfully Luke Cage exceeds all expectations and in my opinion is the best Marvel TV series there has ever been.
Luke Cage is quite obviously the story of Luke Cage. Luke is played by Mike Colter (random fact: he is second cousin to Viola Davies, who I love) and is a bulletproof and super strong superhero who was first introduced in Jessica Jones. The show is an origin story but it doesn’t follow the overplayed conventions of other origin stories.
The rest of the cast are just as fantastic as Mike Colter. Simone Missick plays Misty Night a police officer in Harlem (where it is set) and she is trying to defend Harlem from corruption and crime. Rosario Dawson reprises her role as Claire Temple the badass nurse who appeared in both Daredevil and Jessica Jones. I am so in love that it’s Claire that is connecting all the characters in this world (I just a hope that in the Defenders she’s the one that joins the team and she’s she cool leader of the group). Finally, Alfre Woodard plays the main villain of the show Mariah Dillard (a local and corrupt politician) and is such a powerful and different villain the stereotypical ones we see in the superhero genre.
Diversity is prominent in this cast and it makes such a refreshing change from the rest of the media where everyone appears to be white. It’s so amusing that people are complaining about the amount of black people in the show, especially considering the fact that in this show there is a valid reason that there are hardly any white people in it, Harlem is a a predominantly black area, (not that it needs a valid reason) whereas most mainstream shows just exclude every race other than white for no apparent reason.
Overall, Luke Cage is a great show that is more than worth the watch.