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Welcome to the LRM PRIMER. This exclusive and ongoing feature will explore many of today’s most popular TV shows and major film franchises, explaining what they’re about and what viewers can expect. The Primer is for new fans looking to jump into a show or movie, or returning viewers who just want to catch-up quickly. We’ll update this content before, during, and after each season.



Marvel’s Luke Cage is a live action television series that follows the journey of Carl Lucas (Mike Colter), a former policeman from Savannah, Georgia, who was wrongfully convicted. While a prisoner, he was subjected to an experiment that left him physically enhanced with superhuman strength and seemingly unbreakable skin.

Lucas escaped from prison and changed his name to Luke Cage. He relocated to Harlem and hoped to rebuild his life, until a series of injustices in his neighborhood compelled him to become a reluctant hero.

The Netflix version of Luke Cage loosely adapts the character’s early comics history, including his time in prison, his participation in a super-soldier experiment, and his subsequent rise as hero and protector in Harlem.

Real Name: Luke Cage

Profession: Ex-Cop

First Appearance: Luke Cage: Hero for Hire #1 (Marvel Comics, June 1972)
by Archie Goodwin, John Romita, Sr. and George Tuska


Luke Cage airs on the Netflix streaming service.

There is currently one season of Luke Cage available on Netflix (a second season was recently announced). Each season consists of 13 episodes, each approximately 55 minutes in length (no commercials). Netflix drops each season in its entirety on a single day; consequently, viewers can watch any episode in any order on the day they all drop.

Rating: Mature (graphic violence, profanity, sexual situations)

Season 1: September 30, 2016

Season 2: 2018 (TBD)


Luke Cage is the third of several Marvel/Netflix shows (including Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and The Punisher). This infographic contains important information regarding themes, tone, style, and storytelling to help determine whether this is the right show for you.


Daredevil is set in New York’s legendary “Hell’s Kitchen” neighborhood (aka Clinton or Midtown West). The name Hell’s Kitchen generally refers to the area from 34th to 59th Streets. Starting west of Eighth Avenue and north of 43rd Street. Most of the buildings are older, and are often walk-up apartments.

The area consists of nearly 60 city blocks overlaps the Times Square Theater District, the Garment District, the southern edge of Central Park, and borders both the Hudson River and the West Side Highway. Key landmarks include the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Studio 54, and Hearst Tower.

Although the show is set in modern-day, it references a version of “the Kitchen” from the 70s, when it was a gritty, working-class neighborhood of Irish and Hispanic immigrants.

Current Population: 45,884

Area: 0.841 square miles


Daredevil’s unwavering sense of justice brings him into the orbits of some of New York’s most violent and deadly underworld forces, which includes street gangs, international crime rings, and mysterious cults who practice the dark arts.

Russian mobs run the docks, importing young women as part of a sex slavery ring. Wilson Fisk (aka The Kingpin) already controls crime in Hell’s Kitchen, he maintains a tenuous alliance with the Russians and also a secretive drug trafficker named, Madame Gao.

During both seasons of Daredevil, Matt Murdock’s alter ego faces off against Wilson Fisk, Madame Gao, the Russian Mob, Frank Castle, the Dogs of Hell motorcycle club, and The Hand. He battled these enemies alone during Season 1, but in Season 2 he tenatively works alongside both Elektra and Castle.



Of all the epic fights over the course of the first two seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, undoubtedly the most important ongoing conflict is between Wilson Fisk’s Kingpin and Murdock’s Daredevil. The entire first season was dedicated to their escalating feud, which has paid off in several face-to-face brawls. Season 2 picks up their storyline and takes it to some very exciting and unexpected places.


The cast of Daredevil consists of an eclectic and dynamic group of actors from incredible television shows like HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, as well as amazing films, such as Martin Scorses’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.


Daredevil is a blind lawyer who fights crime at night in Hell’s Kitchen. He was trained as a child by a sadistic martial arts master, Stick (Scott Glenn). Murdock’s father was a professional boxer, which creates an interesting fighting style of brawling, grappling, and a variety of Asian fighting techniques. Murdock may be visually-impaired, but his enhanced senses allow him to see the world in 360-degrees.Daredevil also fights with a pair a of specially created billy clubs, which also contain a monofilament line and grappling hook, used to scale walls and swing between buildings.WARNING: *Spoilers* follow…

Daredevil’s origin story is explored over 13 episodes. We see the formation of Nelson and Murdock law firm, and begin to explore the dynamics of Hell’s Kitchen, a vibrant and vital part of New York City. Murdock encounters and battles Wilson Fisk (aka The Kingpin) and his sprawling crime organization. He does not earn his famous red costume until the final episode.

Things become much more complex in Season 2. Kingpin is in prison, but he’s establishing a new power base. A gang war is exploding in Hell’s Kitchen, inviting multiple new threats, such as The Punisher, Elektra, and The Hand.

The Hand were defeated, but they only grow stronger. Nelson and Murdock dissolved their law firm, but external forces will push them back together. Daredevil finally learns how to be part of a team, he realizes that he cannot survive on his own. Fisk leaves prison, he discovers Daredevil’s identity and begins a process of destroying his life (from Frank Miller’s epic “Born Again” comic storyline).



The following timeline expresses many key moments in the series during its first season. Think of this as a 50,000-foot view of the whole series to give you a sense of the major events and character introductions.


The following video clip appeared in Season 1, Episode 3, titled “Rabbit in a Snowstorm.” Children have been disappearing throughout Hell’s Kitchen, Daredevil follows a lead to a secluded warehouse where he confronts nearly a dozen Russian Mafia in a brutal, pitched battle that was an early highpoint for the series.



The following video clip appeared in Season 2, Episode 3, titled “New York’s Finest.” Castle has chained Daredevil to a rooftop and duct-taped a revolver (loaded w/ a single bullet) to his hand; he forces Murdock to make a choice: either shoot Castle (and save a murderer) or kill the murderer himself. During their fight Castle fires a 20mm grenade from his M203 rifle into a row of Dogs of Hell motorcycles — as you can imagine, the bikers don’t take this too well.



The following gallery contains several tesaers, trailers, featurettes, and other video content from Netflix’s promotional materials.To view different videos, click the row of icons below the main video.


Did you learn anything new or useful about Netflix and Marvel’s Daredevil TV show? Let us know in the comments down below!

Daredevil Season 1 and 2 are available now on Netflix. Season 3 debuts in 2018.

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SOURCE: Netflix