Marvel have conquered cinemas all around the world, and now they’re turning their gaze to the humble television set with Luke Cage the next big player.
Some say the television is the modern day hearth, a place of gathering, entertainment, and a chance to see Burt Newton do 20 to 1 – but no longer.
No, not since Marvel decided to dip their toe in the pond. Now the television set will be the hub of ass-kicking, bone-breaking, heart-throbbing superheroes who shred bad guys to pieces and look really cool doing it.
Marvel has recently begun to team up with Netflix, and have been producing shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the recently announced Iron Fist.
Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with Marvel’s new exploration into Netflix, I won’t drop any spoilers because I haven’t seen many episodes yet and if someone spoiled it for me I’d cry.
This shift into television marks a grim period for DC Comics.
All of DC’s latest films have been met with absolute despair, however their television series have been doing well. Considering Marvel’s movies have been doing incredibly, we can only imagine how well their television series will do too.
But I’m not here to talk about the ins and outs of major studios.
I’m here to talk about my favourite Marvel/Netflix match-up, Luke Cage.
Luke Cage was born in Georgia, and after a prison sentence and some casual life-altering experimental surgery, he gained unbreakable skin and super strength, before deciding to move to Harlem. In Harlem, Mr. Cage is dedicated to cleaning up the streets and taking on big time mob boss, Cottonmouth, A.K.A. Mr. Stokes.
The role of Luke Cage is played by Mike Colter, a man so large in stature he may as well be the Statue of Liberty.
His performance in the show is awesome, giving the audience both the tough guy that takes no shit from no one, and the big softy who has a heart of gold. His mild-manner makes for a different kind of superhero than the ones we’re used to seeing, namely the likes of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
Not only does Luke Cage not love himself as much as Narcissus (Shout-out Greek mythology), but he also isn’t a crazy squillionaire or intergalactic Norse God (Guess which one I’m speaking about). While other superheroes are off parading their skills, Luke Cage tries to keep to himself, stay below the radar. Luke Cage is the people’s superhero. He’s relatable to the everyday person, whether you live in Harlem or Melbourne.
Funnily enough, the series acknowledges and communicates with the events that occur in Marvel’s movies.
We hear scattered dialogue about the alien invasion witnessed in The Avengers, and references to Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir. Perhaps the folks down at Marvel are teasing a television-movie cross-over?
So far I’m only five episodes in to the 13 episode first season. The pace is starting to pick up so I’m sure I’ll have ten thousand words to write when I’m finished. But with the promise of more superhero television to come, I can’t wait to see how Marvel and Netflix are going to transform the world.
Check out what Marvel have in store for us next here: https://gique.media/what-are-netflix-and-marvel-up-to-next/