Shut the front door! Misty gets her iconic bionic arm in the recently released pic of Luke Cage season 2. No details, but I do hope that the arm is given to her from Stark Industries. I know there’s really no connection between the characters of the cinematic universe with the Netflix series, except that they just exist in the same New York, but it could happen. Luke Cage season 2 has been set for release sometime in 2018. What do you think of her arm?

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I just got done watching the Netflix series Luke Cage. I want to say that this is a fracking great show! Usually for a new series, it takes a couple of episodes generally to bond with new characters but the glory of this Netflix show is that Luke Cage has already been introduced in the Jessica Jones series.

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Before anything can be said, one of the most important aspects of Luke Cage is that he is an original Marvel Comics character that was born and raised in Harlem, NY. In the comics he is a very powerful black superhero both physically and in character. He was introduced in 1972 and he held his own title and appeared in many other titles since then. His character has evolved but he and his stories are still a representation to be what black society must endure today with aspects like discrimination and hate. It is very gratifying to see a black superhero who can not only defend himself from the harms that are inflicted on him and the people of his community but do so in a way that inspires the viewer to hope for change for the better. This series shows what is going on in the world, in a sci-fi superhero way, but is still a product of what black Americans have to go through daily. Cheo Hodari Coker, series writer said it best at San Diego Comic Con this year- “When I think about what is going on in the world right now, the world is ready for a bulletproof black man.”

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This series focuses on Luke Cage after he leaves Jessica Jone’s series and how he is reconnecting to his home neighborhood in Harlem. He does not want to be a hero at first. Definitely a very humanize person. If you are unaware of this, Luke us an enhanced being with unbreakable skin and super strength. He attained these powers through an experiment that originally was just suppose to him him. This happened while he was in prison for a crime that he was framed for by his half brother Diamondback, also known as Willis Stryker. More on that later.

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The main character is Mike Colter as Luke Cage and his performance is spot on. I was impressed with the episodes he appeared in Jessica Jones and even more so now with him having the spotlight shined solely on him. Originally in the comic book, he his character was based in the 70s and had a much different look. The comic of today reflects a much more modern Luke and Colter brought in his own take to the character. He demonstrated and literally made me cry at a speech he makes in one of the later episodes. He is a black superhero who lives in Harlem and he is incredible. I am quite happy that the series ends on a not that inspires hope and lets the viewer know that this is not the end. There is so much more to come from this character.

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The supporting cast includes Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes played by Mahershala Ali. He appears to be the main villain at first. His cousin is Mariah Dillard played by the wonderful Alfre Woodard. She is a councilwoman and is known in the comics as Black Mariah. Vastly different from her comic counterpart, but still played in her own way on this series. We also have one of Cage’s ally’s Misty Knight played by Simone Missick. And I will just say it. She steals the show at times. I love her character. She plays Misty so awesomely that I want her to have her own Netflix series. Seriously, she can do it. There were times that I wanted to see more of her than of Luke. For me to want to see a female character over a hot guy like Colter, that says a lot. She appears very similar to her comic book counterpart at the end of the series. I totally squeed at that!

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Can we appreciate the misdirection of the super villains in this show? Cottonmouth appears to be the big bad and I was totally thinking that he would be the one developing super powers himself, similar to the comics. But things changed. It changed with the shifting of power to Cottonmouth’s cousin Mariah and also to his rival Diamondback (Cage’s half brother Willis Stryker) played by Erik LaRay Harvey. The Shades character played by Theo Rossi was also a huge component to this and was not who I was expecting at all. I just assumed his character was going to be a thug but his tactics placed him on top and created a unusual relationship with Mariah. That is great writing. I love it when a series completely takes the viewer by surprise and shifts power to different characters.

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The origin story that was given not only to Luke Cage, but to the villains as relatable characters was believable and well written. It was thorough and I was very much interested in seeing Cottonmouth and Mariah’s family dynamics. It felt legitimate on their family and how their experiences shaped their futures.

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Overall, the series was totally worth it. I cannot wait to see Luke Cage team up with the other Netflix Marvel characters of Daredevil, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones in the Defender series. Even more so, I cannot wait to see Luke and Iron Fist join forces for their own Heroes for Hire series. The seeds were definitely planted in this show. It will happen. I will see a bromantic relationship between them damnit. It must happen. I will leave it on that note, but definitely check this series out. As all of the Marvel shows, I will be watching it a second time for Easter Eggs. There are several that I missed and want to see again. Vanity Fair has a great composite list of if you are interested.

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What did you think? I know this is very basic overall thought for the series, but I cannot express how much I really enjoyed the series.

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Holy fracking hell, I cannot wait to see this! I’m a huge Power Man aka Luke Cage fan. Even better, I’m loving the Netflix Marvel Universe. All of the characters being introduced are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and they have their own adventures being spread out through an entire season. This gives so much more character development of their heroes and showing many significant side characters that we never thought would make it to a tv show/movie-verse. This includes many villains as well. Luke Cage was introduced in the Jessica Jones series as her lover/boyfriend. If you are not aware of his abilities, he has super strength and unbreakable skin. He also has a very (b)romantic relationship with with another comic book character, Iron Fist. To which I really hope he shows up in this series as some point. Check out the trailer below.

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If you are like me, then you are eagerly waiting for the second season of Daredevil to air on Netflix on March 18 (one week from now as of the making of this post). But just announced by Luke Cage star Mike Colter, his series by the same name will be airing on Netflix on September 30, 2016. This is great! Some fans were speculating that we would not get his series until the end of the year. Granted, this is near the last quarter of the year, but I will take it!

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If you are unaware of the Marvel Cinematic Netflix world, Daredevil started this trend in 2015 with his own series. It was unknown at the time if the series would tie into the Marvel Cinematic world and/or be continued after the first season. Both were true and the series was not only a hit but Marvel Powers That Be decreed that we would get multiple superhero series to take place in the world known of Netflix. Jessica Jones was the next series to air with her future husband, Luke Cage playing a possible love interest for her.

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Luke Cage also known as Power Man, has unbreakable skin and a degree of superhuman strength. His strength levels fluctuate depending on the writer in the comics, but he does appear to be at least as strong as Jessica Jones in the tv series. He becomes a Heroes for Hire mercenary that takes on a heroic role in the Marvel Universe. Luke’s bromantic boytoy Heroes for Hire partner, Iron Fist was recently cast as Finn Jones, better known for his gay role on Game of Thrones. It is unknown whether or not his character will show up in Iron Fist, if only in a small cameo role, but it would make a lot of sense to pass the torch to Iron Fist in this show, similar to how Jessica did this in her own show to Luke.

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All of these characters and possibly others will be joining forces for a highly anticipated Defenders series later down the line. Marvel is playing it cool and slowly introducing the characters and will be having more crossovers as the different series unfolds. It should be noted that the Netflix series is unlike the rest of the Marvel Cinematic universe. It is not kid friendly as sex, lots of blood and violence as well as the occasional curse words are used regularly. It is awesome and Luke’s series cannot get here fast enough!

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Power Man and Iron Fist, also known as Luke Cage and Danny Rand have a new comic book. They were once bromantic partners for the Heroes for Hire business, but now Luke is a family man and Iron Fist is wanting to go back to their old ways of being superheroes. This first issue is written by David Walker and illustrated by Sanford Greene.

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Star Wars

I cannot believe that I never really thought of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker as having bromantic thing going on. Granted, there are not a lot of women in the Star Wars universe, and before Leia was revealed to be Luke’s twin sister, both Luke and Han were fighting for her attention. Maybe because of my naivete I just never considered Luke as being a sexual person in the slightest. In today’s media, it is almost unheard of for the main protagonist to NOT have a love interest in a series. In fact, it’s almost impossible for that to happen. In fact, it’s almost impossible for that to happen. But never did it occur to me that Han and Luke have shippers out there that would love to see more than a brotherly relationship. Until NOW!

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I have seen every Star Wars movie multiple, multiple, multiple times and I have also seen about every deleted scene that has been released to the public. There are supposedly some other scenes that were never released, but I will not go into rumors about those right now. However, re-watching the cut scene from Return of the Jedi where Luke is saying good bye to Han on Tatooine after rescuing Han from Jabba the Hutt, I never noticed how Luke has his had waver as he lets go of Han’s hand.

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It is such a minor thing to see and I know the scene was cut because of a need to reduce the length of the movie, but it seems very important to show Han and Luke’s friendship. Of course I know Lucas had no intention of showing any type of implications of Luke and Han being more than buddies, but still the thought does come up to those that are looking more closely at any subtext. I know this must totally come from out of no where to some, but wow, I would totally like to have seen Han and Luke have a thing go on. Maybe not so much sexual, just something much deeper than friendship. Which it could be argued that they did have a much deeper bond than what is shown on screen. It would not be that out of the ordinary to see two men in a Intergalactic Rebellion to find love and comfort with each other in different regions of the Universe.

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It should be worth mentioning, the book Star Wars: Aftermath depicts the first gay males in the Star Wars universe and is cannon in the movie verse as well. This story takes place after Return of the Jedi and has been met with bigoted/homophobic criticism because it is not catering to exclusively heterosexual males as every past Star Wars stories have done. And even though the focus of this story is not even on the gay characters, but the significance is that there are gay men in the Star Wars universe. It took over 35 years for one to come out, but at least it happened. I need to buy this book and review it.

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Back to Han and Luke. I have briefly done some searches on fan fics with these heroes and I should not be, but I was surprised at how many stories exist with the two of them as a couple. Of course many of the stories are written by women, but there are some males out there as well that want to see the two of them as more than platonic life partners. For instance, FanFiction.com has dozens of stories about these two. So there is a large culture out there that enjoy thinking of these two characters casting away sexual orientations and enjoy each other. For that I am happy. You can watch the deleted clip that I was referencing below (at the 3:10 mark). What do you think? Do you ship Han and Luke?

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I have been waiting to hear confirmation as to what the cast and plot of the up coming Luke Cage series will be. If you can’t tell, I loved the Netflix Daredevil series. I personally think that it is the best superhero series that I have ever seen. I know that statement will cause other fanboys to go up in frenzy to quote other shows that are better, but it is my personal opinion. However, with the announcement that there will be several other series that are also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that these series will also be Netflix series and these series will more than likely have some crossovers with each other (or at the very least references with the other street level Avengers/Defenders) I have to admit that my geekyness went through the roof.

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The Jessica Jones (aka Jewel in the comics) series, is set to air on November 20, 2015 and the role of her future husband, Luke Cage was already announced to be played by Mike Colter. Until recently though, we were unaware as to what the plot and who was going to be playing in his supporting cast.

The plot has been outlined by Marvel.com as:

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

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Mahershala Ali will be playing Cottonmouth. Granted, there are two people that have been Cottonmouth in Marvel Comics and I doubt that he will have this purple snake costume as he does in the comic. But I can hope right?

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Simone Missick will play Misty Knight. Misty is a police detective that is looking into Luke’s mysterious past and I hope she has her comic book hair style, so bad! I love her look in the comics. She is incredibly cool and I think that Simone will definitely do her character justice!

Theo as Shades

Theo Rossi will play Shades. Who I admit, I do not know very much about his character from the comics. His description from Marvel is that he is a “a ruthless criminal with ties to Cage’s mysterious past.” So that could be anything. He could be a past associate that is trying to bring Luke back to the dark side.


Frank Whaley has been cast as Rafael Scarfe. Mavel described him as: “a hard-nosed NYPD detective who partners with Misty Knight in their Luke Cage investigation.”

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Alfre Woodard will play Luke’s cousin- Mariah Dillard. Woodard has done a considerable amount of movies in the past. I know this is bad reference, but I remember her best from Star Trek First Contact.

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And yes, Rosario Dawson will be returning to her role that she played in Daredevil and in Jessica Jones as the Night Nurse, Claire Temple. The Night Nurse originally only had very minor connections to the Marvel Comic Book Universe. But the Daredevil Netflix series has established that Claire’s character is one of these Nurses or a combination of the three characters that appeared in the comic series. Regardless, I am so happy that they’re including her character and I’m even happier that Rosario will be returning to the role and will be in all of these series.

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Luke Cage is set to premiere on Netflix in 2016. I am so excited about this series. I can’t wait to see the team up with all the characters, including Punisher, Daredevil, Jewel and hopefully Iron Fist. I definitely can’t wait to see Luke and Iron Fist’s bromantic partnership flare up. Yep, I said it. Everyone who read their comics know that they had a very unique bond. What do you think of the cast?

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