*SPOILER ALERT! This Article Contains Spoilers, So Do Not Proceed Unless You Don't Mind*
So, it's finally here. It's Luke Cage day! The day when Marvel's next Netlflx series arrives in one big wave of streamable episodes. Some of you got the jump on the series and have been watching since the wee hours of the early morning, and so certain spoilers are already hitting the net. This one is related to the character's infamous old school costume, and whether or not it makes an appearance on Luke Cage.
The answer is: Yes!
Here's the lowdown, they found a really clever way to show Mike Colter donning Luke Cage's classic getup from the blaxploitation days of the 1970s. Other superhero series and movies have used a familiar trope where, during a montage, we see the hero trying on various options while trying to settle on their final look. Usually, as a throwaway gag in the middle of that montage, we'll see an old corny version of their costume, as a bit of fan service.
Is that how they did it on Luke Cage? No! It's actually far more creative than that.
I won't spoil the exact circumstances for you, but the long and short of it is that he's wearing a head brace and gauntlets as a result of a medical procedure where he had to be restrained on an operating table...and then, while on the run, he steals some clothes off of a clothesline, and the result is...
Pretty funny stuff. You've got to hand it to the folks over at Marvel, they've definitely brought their A-game to these Netflix shows, which- aside from Luke Cage- includes Daredevil and Jessica Jones. They've found great ways of updating characters while honoring their pasts, and mixing in moments of fanboy euphoria amidst all the gritty, hard-hitting action.
Are you knee-deep in binging through Luke Cage yet? How are you liking it so far?