Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’: The Blackest Superhero Show Ever

Mike ColterThere has been a flurry of casting announcements for the upcoming Netflix series Luke Cage, the first ever Black-centric superhero television series ever. Now the Mike Colter led superhero vehicle has a slew of all-minority cast members to back him up.

Marvel’s first partnership with Netflix, Daredevil, was a roaring success. Critics, fanboys, and general watchers alike all praised the series, and it was quickly renewed for a second season. The second series, Jessica Jones, is due out November 20 and will also introduce us to small screen portrayal of Luke Cage, the first Black superhero to garner his own comic book series.

And the good folks at Marvel and Netflix are taking this opportunity and running with it.

First and foremost, Cage’s main nemesis for the season will be a woman named Minetta (rumored to be a version of the comic’s Black Mariah) to be played by none other than Alfre Woodard. I’m sure she’ll massacre that role. To round out his stable of opponents, Mahershala Ali has been cast as Cottonmouth and Theo Rossi had been cast as Shades. Two strong talents with the gravitas to make their onscreen alter egos sing.

But those castings were just the beginning. Rosario Dawson has been confirmed to be a part of the cast, reprising her role as Claire Temple. She was a strong part of the Daredevil cast and she’ll also be a part of Jessica Drew when it debuts later this year. But perhaps the most exciting news was the casting of Simone Missick as none other than Misty Knight, one of the most kick-ass minority characters in Marvel’s history.

Just like the comic book broke barriers with its debut, Luke Cage will be the first comic book based live-action TV show with a Black lead. And looking at the cast so far, all of the actors are minorities. All of this news points to Luke Cage becoming the Blackest superhero show ever. By proxy, it will also be bad ass. And rightfully so.

Frankly, I am posivtively giddy to see this type of production coming to Netflix.

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.