Marvel's Luke Cage (one of my personal favorite superheroes) is fast approaching its debut on Netflix this fall. When lead actor Mike Colter sat down for a live Facebook video interview with Entertainment Weekly, he dropped some gems on us to get fans even more pumped for the epic binge-watching sessions sure to be had on that fateful September 30th release date. Colter made it very clear that he didn't want to give away too much info on the plot of Luke Cage, but he did a very good job (in a short amount of time) of letting us know more than any other press release, interview or teaser that we've seen so far. He mentions shady politicians and conflicting visions of the best interest for his character's stomping grounds, Harlem (the home of the hustlers). This plot idea is very reminiscent of Marvel's Daredevil, in which Matt Murdock finds himself taking up a mantle of vigilantism to counteract the vision that a certain kingpin has for his Hell's Kitchen home. He goes on to say that Luke's point of involvement has to do directly with managing the "big picture." He said, "A lot of people get hurt, a lot of lives are lost and unfortunately he’s the only one who is capable of actually helping deal with this because sometimes the law enforcement is actually not the best because they’re not aware or they’re not capable, or maybe they’re corrupt." Luke Cage has been known, in some iterations of the character, as one of the only superheros that have actually required payment for services. I kind of liked this as a kid because black people not getting paid for hard work is just a touchy subject. After all, we did say Harlem is home of the hustlers and equal work for equal pay sounds fair to me. It will be interesting to see how the dynamic that Colter describes in the series interacts with that part of Cage's character, or if it's included at all.
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