If you haven’t been following the MCU on Netflix, you are missing out on some of the best superhero stories I’ve ever seen. I wasn’t a Daredevil or Jessica Jones fan at all, until I watched them on Netflix. But I was a huge Power Man and Iron Fist fan, so when I heard that Luke Cage was going to be a series, I flipped. I was nervous about the casting, but when I saw Mike Colter playing Luke on Jessica Jones, I was sold. I binged the whole series in about 3 days, and in my opinion, it’s the best Netflix MCU series yet.
The acting, the cinematography, the music are all top notch. The story kinda flipped on me at the midway mark, but that’s more nitpicking than anything. Seeing a bulletproof black man in a hoodie, being the hero, is a powerful image and a much needed flip of the script in today’s society. The series is also a clinic on how to portray strong black women in a series. The actresses involved in the series, from powerhouses Alfre Woodard and Simone Missick to film star Rosario Dawson, all bring deeply nuanced and driven performances that you just don’t see on the small screen anymore.
I think the most surprising element in the story is how the “powers” take a back seat to the characters. The show definitely is not your standard superhero narrative of a bunch of fluff scenes between big set piece super fights. Mahershala Ali plays one of the most complex antagonists I have seen on screen since Ian McShane in Deadwood.
The music is also a shoutout throwback to the classic era of Marvels street level heros. You hear modern artists like Jidenna and Wu-Tang clan intermixed with the classic sound of The Delfonics. To me, I couldn’t ask for a better small screen hero story than Luke Cage. And with all these series coming together in next years The Defenders, the stage is being set for an epic teamup. Iron Fist is due up in March of 2017, so you have time to get caught up. If you haven’t checked it out yet, give it a try. You might like it! 🙂