– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I had my doubts when Marvel first announced their partnership with Netflix. Over a decade later, I still had a bad taste in my mouth with the mid-2000s Daredevil film with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, and given Marvel’s then-track record of creating light popcorn fare on the big screen, I wasn’t convinced they were able to go darker with these Netflix-based superhero shows. Fast forward to today, and I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Both Daredevil and Jessica Jones did a great job at staying at the ground level of Hell’s Kitchen — a place largely ignored by the Avengers, who are mostly involved in world-ending disasters. Luke Cage takes this same approach and moves it over to Harlem. More than any other Marvel series to date, Luke Cage is one that really seems to be going the extra mile to embrace its culture.

Helping to highlight that fact is another video, this time highlighting Harlem itself. Check it out below!

Below is the official synopsis for Luke Cage:

“In this groundbreaking new series, audiences will witness the evolution of Luke Cage (previously introduced in Marvel’s Jessica Jones) after he has relocated to Harlem and is in the process of picking up the pieces following his failed relationship with Jessica Jones. Like the preceding Marvel series on Netflix, Marvel’s Luke Cage is a gritty, action-packed drama, grounded in the real world with heroes who focus on saving their neighborhood and have their feet firmly planted on the ground. 

“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. 

“Mike Colter plays the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage and is joined by Mahershala Ali (Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes), Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Theo Rossi (Shades), Frank Whaley (Rafael Scarfe) and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple).”

Luke Cage hits Netflix on September 30, 2016.

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SOURCE: Marvel/Netflix

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.