Television: Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ bulletproof for a season two pick-up

Sweet Christmas is just one week from Sunday away, but Marvel and Netflix has given us an early present with the second season renewal of “Luke Cage” starring Mike Colter.  Not only does the titular Power Man have unbreakable skin, but he almost broke Netflix during the weekend of its September 30 premiere.

Introduced on “Jessica Jones”, the character of Luke Cage once stated that being a hero just puts a target on your back.  Wrongly accused and imprisoned, fugitive ex-cop/ex-con Carl Lucas from Georgia becomes Luke Cage, who goes from “Harlem’s Captain America” to the Defender of Harlem.  While living by the code of the streets, Luke also lives by the code of Pop (Frankie Faison): never backwards, always forward, forward … always.  In doing so, Luke faces the moment of truth in living by the code of the superhero: that being a hero can make you available for hire – and get paid while doing the work, too.

Fighting to free himself from the oppression of his past, the hooded outlaw-vigilante-superhero Luke Cage also fights for what’s right: receiving “Bulletproof Love” from rapper Method Man and the oppressed people of Harlem, becoming their symbol against the system of gangsters, corrupt cops and even corrupt politicians.

Marvel’s “Luke Cage” earns Colter an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.  No official word on when will production begin for season two.

In fall 2017, Colter will reprise the role of Cage/Power Man as a member of Marvel’s “The Defenders” on Netflix alongside Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, and Finn Jones as Iron Fist.

 

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