“Marvel’s Luke Cage” centers around the seemingly indestructible titular character, a former convict played by Mike Colter, who wages a war against gangster nightclub owner Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes and organized crime in Harlem.
The new trailer sees Stokes (Mahershala Ali) lay his claim to the Harlem throne.
“This place is my reputation, my legacy, my blood. And when the smoke clears, I promise you, Imma be the king,” Stokes says.
The series is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and also stars Alfre Woodard as a local politician who has to deal with Stokes’ and Cage’s actions, and Simone Missick as a police detective who pleads for Cage’s help. Rosario Dawson — who’s appeared Netflix’s other Marvel series “Dardevil” and “Jessica Jones” — reprises her character Claire Temple in “Marvel’s Luke Cage.”
Check out the trailer below.
In her review for Variety, Chief TV critic Maureen Ryan wrote that the show “tells a particularly impassioned story about the costs of mass incarceration in an early episode that also serves as a well-crafted origin story, and characters regularly discuss whether they can trust any aspect of law enforcement or the legal system.”
Ryan said Colter brings “beautifully calibrated shadings of pain and rage” to the role and also noted that “the sight of bullets bouncing off the hoodie-clad character carry layers of meaning well beyond the character’s quest to save Harlem.”
The full 13-episode series will be released on Netflix on September 30.