“Unlike some other San Diego Comic-Con stalwarts like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Netflix’s new series—Luke Cage— didn’t land either the most popular day or the biggest venue of the convention. Tucked away upstairs in Ballroom 20 (okay, the second biggest venue of the convention), the cast of the latest installment in Marvel’s Defenders series gathered to show off the first bits of footage and, perhaps because Luke Cage conflicted with the popular Mr. Robot panel, the room wasn’t exactly full. And that’s too bad, because the show that Marvel’s TV arm put on blew the roof off the venue, laying a path towards an exciting and progressive future for the comic-book giant.
Following up on his hugely popular debut in last year’s Jessica Jones, Mike Colter’s Luke Cage—an imposing and invulnerable figure—will get 13 Netflix episodes of his own starting on September 30th. In a clip of a boxing-gym brawl, a pair of (we can presume) white bad guys unload several clips of bullets into the unfazed Cage. “You must not have heard about me,” Cage says before they start firing and, once they’ve finished, dryly remarks, ”I’m about sick of always having to buy new clothes.”
“There aren’t that many black superheroes,” Luke Cage show-runner Cheo Coker said by way of explaining why he was so excited about this Harlem-set show. Then, making reference to the extremely tense and divisive status of race relations in America, Coker declared, “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man.”
It’s true that the most fantastical element of this installment in Marvel’s gritty, down-to-earth Defenders series is that a black man could be shot and have his only concern be where to find a new sweatshirt…”