Luke Cage

The Marvel/Netflix panel at San Diego Comic Con was full of huge reveals. By now, you’ve probably watched the teasers released for Luke CageIron Fist, and The Defenders. You’ve heard that The Defenders is confirmed to premiere in 2017, and you’ve heard that Daredevil has been picked up for a third season. But in addition to all those big reveals, there was also a hefty chunk of Luke Cage footage screened for those who were lucky enough to be inside Ballroom 20 yesterday, and maaaaaybe you haven’t heard about that. So let me break it down for you.

Our first Luke Cage footage came courtesy of a trailer cut together from CageDaredevil, and Jessica Jones. It was mostly little snippets of Luke (Mike Colter) fighting, most notably a slow-mo shot of a guy punching Luke in the face and visibly shattering every bone in his hand. The first full scene they showed was also a fight scene. Luke plows through a bunch of guys in a boxing gym who are obviously way out of their depth, then threatens their boss for information he needs. The scene ends on a humorous note, as Luke asks for a gym hoodie in XXL since his own clothes have been shot to hell.

The next scene was an argument between the main bad guy of the season, Cottonmouth (Mahershala Ali), and his cousin, Mariah (Alfre Woodard). Cottonmouth’s had a lot of money stolen and Mariah—a local politician—has had her office hit. The characters argue until a henchmen comes in and breaks things up with some news. It was a short scene designed to show of Ali’s and Woodard’s acting chops, and it didn’t disappoint.

After two scenes of different kinds of fighting, Marvel gave us a little romance. The next scene appeared to be the first meeting between Luke and Misty Knight (Simone Missick). Luke walks up to Misty on the sidewalk (she’s undercover in a party dress), they flirt for a minute, and then Misty invites Luke back to her place. Cut to sexy times. This was a very short and sweet scene, but it showed off an easy chemistry between Colter and Missick.

Lastly, we got probably the best scene of the lot. Cottonmouth stands in front of a huge portrait of the image of Biggie Smalls wearing a crown from the Duets cover. He slowly walks towards the camera, until it looks like Cottonmouth is wearing the crown. He’s beating on a henchman who betrayed him, slapping him open-hand because he won’t punch “a woman.” The henchman spits blood in Cottonmouth’s face. Cottonmouth laughs and says, “Finally, I can hit you like a man.” Cut to black. It was a great scene and Ali seems more than up to the task of continuing the trend of Marvel Netflix series having great villains.

And that’s that. It was a great selection of footage, showcasing all the different stylistic and emotional places Luke Cage is going to go. Now all that’s left is finding some way to keep it together during the long wait until Luke Cage premieres on September 30. Are you excited for Luke Cage? What did you think of the other big announcements from the panel? Sound off in the comments.

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