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Straight out of Harlem

  • Published at 05:41 pm October 2nd, 2016
Straight out of Harlem
You already know the usual Netflix spiel we provide from time to time when the streaming titan presents the audience with yet another magnificent original show. The character Luke Cage might seem a bit familiar, as he made his on-screen debut on the show Jessica Jones, which is also another Marvel and Netflix venture. What Marvel Television has been able to do is create a secluded world of their own on Netflix. It seems as if the two partners simply cannot go wrong. Luke Cage, as you have guessed it, is another successful stamp for the folks at Marvel. There’s a similar tone to this show as you may find in Daredevil and Jessica Jones. As mentioned in reports not too long ago, with Iron Fist yet to come, these comic book characters make up The Defenders (another soon to be Netflix release). There’s a slight charming factor to these so called lower-level superheroes. They aren’t fighting some out-of-this-world villain that seeks to destroy the world. They’re fighting to keep their neighborhoods safe from everyday bad guys that posses a heavily negative influence in society. This realistic factor is what will draw in the crowd. He’s got super-human strength and bulletproof skin. After the loss of his wife and another name we won’t disclose, Luke is set on a destructive path. Without going into spoilers, for the folks who are unfamiliar with the comics and its characters, there’s plenty of Luke’s past that the show will delve into as we go from one episode to another. What we can say is that the introduction episodes covers all that is needed to set up an explosive first season. Mike Colter’s portrayal as Luke Cage, as expected, is spot on. If you’ve watched Jessica Jones, you already have an understanding of what he can bring to the character’s expected growth. Equally as good, if not better, is Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) as Cornell Stokes aka Cottonmouth. Ali brings that old-school gangster, Harlem suavity to the show’s main antagonist. It’s how it should be really. Simone Missick plays Cage’s future ally as Misty Knight. Here is yet another strong and beautiful African American woman who has no problem rubbing elbows with the big boys, and isn’t afraid of throwing a few either. Marvel and crew have done solid job of keeping these shows on Netflix as gritty as possible. They may not be as dark in the cinematic universe like DC, but they’ve made sure there is a deep rooted platform for adult viewing. What matters even most is the authenticity of where each of the characters are based and where they come from. What you might read in the comics isn’t necessarily what you’ll see on screen. And there’s a good reason for that, those are two completely different worlds. All those colourful and wonderfully drawn costumes in comics simply do not transition well into film. So, keeping it as realistic as possible in a fictional world, the showrunners and moviemakers know exactly what they’ve produced. Luke Cage is a perfect example of “keepin’ it real.” And just to add a bit more flavour into the culture of Hip-Hop that surrounds Cage, there are some fantastic musical cameos in the first season.
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