Some characters start off bad and never get the opportunity for a reboot. Luke Cage was pretty much just a stereotypical black guy in a yellow pirate shirt and a metal tiara. Luckily for him, Brian Michael Bendis turned him around and made him one of the best characters in the Marvel Universe. Because of his popularity, he's been added as the cast of heroes getting a show on Netflix. While people who read comics may know a lot about him, to the common person he's not as well known as Wolverine, Spider-Man, or Iron Man. So here are a few things that the common person may not know about Luke "Power Man" Cage.
Luke Cage was born Carl Lucas and spent most of his young life in a gang. Like most good people, when Lucas learned how much his lifestyle was hurting his family, he gave up the gang lifestyle and decided to go legit. Lucas is later framed for a crime he didn't commit and was sent to prison. After frequent fights in the prison, Lucas is transferred to a prison in Georgia where he his frequently tormented by a crooked guard by the name of Albert Rackham. His actions eventually lead him getting demoted and like most villains, Rackham blames his demotion on someone else (Lucas). While in prison, Lucas was volunteered for an experiment that was supposed to recreate the super soldier serum. During the experiment, Rackham disturbed the project hoping to kill Lucas, but it back fired and gave Carl Lucas unbreakable skin and superhuman strength. Lucas escaped after the explosion and made his way back to New York and adopted the name Luke Cage. Luke spent some time redeeming himself in his eyes and the eyes of his peers and was eventually acquitted of all of his crimes. Luke has done his best to keep his neighborhood free of all crimes and the people love and respect him for it.
Heroes for Hire:
After getting settled in, Luke Cage and his friend Danny Rand "The Iron Fist" (Who will also be getting his own show on Neflix) offered their heroic services by opening a business called "Heroes for Hire". While the superhuman community was not okay, Luke and Danny kept on doing what they set on doing. The funny thing is that they rarely charged the people who came to them because most of the people who came to them were poor and because they were willing to give them all they had for revenge against someone (usually a thug of some sort). While they will definitely take money from the rich people who would hire them for personal protection or to protect their products, they rarely take money from the regular people. Heroes for Hire started with just Luke and Danny and ended up with them hiring a former New York cop Misty Knight, ninja Colleen Wing, and the Master of Kung-Fu Shang Chi. The group would go on to do more pro bono work than taking money. They were pretty much the hero of the people. While the Avengers are too busy in space, Heroes for Hire was taking care of the common man.
His days in Heroes for Hire led to his days as leader of the New Avengers. He never lost the idea of protecting the common man and even surrounded himself with heroes who do the same. Hopefully the Luke Cage series will do well and we get to see Cage as a member of [The Avengers](movie:9040) or even lead his own team at some point.
Luke Cage is one bad mother...(shut yo' mouth), but I'm only talking about Luke Cage. Seriously, there are few people that are as tough and scary a guy as Luke Cage. I'm not just talking about the unbreakable skin and super strength. There are a number of super heroes with those same powers that don't strike the fear in people like Luke Cage does. So if it isn't the super powers, then what is it? It's his inner strength and never say die mentality that makes Cage so intimidating. Luke Cage was probably the most important Avenger since Captain America after the Civil War just for standing up for what he believed in no matter what. When Iron Man and Ms Marvel showed up at his house and told him and Jessica Jones that they were going to be forced to register, Luke Cage said no. When S.H.I.E.L.D. showed up at his doorstep and threatened to physically take him down and put him in jail, he fought them off by himself (until Cap and his teammates unexpectedly showed up to help) and never gave up. And while other heroes decided to give up their fight and register with the government, Luke Cage remained vigilant in his effort to do things the way he thought was right. He gathered a group of like minded people and THEY were the Avengers and fought crime the way they knew was right. Luke doesn't see himself as a leader and even admitted that he didn't want to be one, but when people like him are involved, people couldn't help but get behind him.
While I doubt that Luke could ever lead a team of Avengers with Thor, the Hulk, and especially Tony Stark, once the current roster changes (like The Avenger roster tends to do) Luke will probably end up on a team of his own.
He will knock you out:
Lastly, he will take on anybody and will not back down. One of the most memorable was his feud with the Wrecker. The Wrecker is a criminal that was given the strength of a god. This guy has taken on Thor and has actually won a fight. The Wrecking crew (The name of his for man crew of criminals) has actually stormed Avengers Mansion and took out the Avengers. Now, the first time Luke went up against the Wrecker, he got his bell rung. However, every time from then on Luke Cage beat the snot out of the Wrecker. Especially the time he tried to attack him him when his wife and kid were around. That was a bad beating.
Every team needs a butt kicking bruiser and other than the Hulk, there isn't a person that flat out pummels people like Cage does. It would have been cool to see him in "[The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035)" taking out a few of Ultron's robots. Maybe we will get lucky and he will be backing Captain America during "Civil War" like he did in the comics.
Of all the things Luke Cage has done as an Avenger and Hero for Hire, maybe the most noble thing was doing his best to get villains who want to redeem themselves and giving them the opportunity to do just that. After Norman Osborn was fired as top cop and things went back to normal, Cage restarted the Thunderbolt program to help some of the super villains try and make up for all of the messed up things they've done. Some of them took this as an opportunity to try and do better, some didn't care, and some were confused. Regardless, Luke Cage never gave up on them. He always did his best to remind them that they had a chance to do better. It was probably because he has been in prison and had to pull himself back up from the bottom and knows how hard it is.
If the Avengers don't come calling and Heroes for Hire doesn't work out, Cage could end up working with some of the villains in a show.
If I forget or didn't mention anything, be sure to let me know.