ByRyan Blundell, writer at
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Ryan Blundell

Disclaimer: When I say important I do not mean the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), but how the series affects the real world.

After making his on-screen TV debut in the series Jessica Jones, Luke Cage — a Black superhero with super strength and impenetrable skin — is returning to Netflix with his own series, which is available to watch in its entirety on September 30th.

Luke Cage is probably the most important Marvel series ever, now saying this might sound strange but you have to hear me out with this:

1. Records

He is the first black Marvel Superhero to have a live-action solo series in the MCU. Granted it isn't on the big screen — that achievement will go to Black Panther — but being on TV is arguably better as it is effectively a 13-hour movie allowing for more character development.

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2. Conveying Culture

Luke Cage will distinguish itself through music that, according to Mike Colter"

"You can feel when you're watching the scenes, whether it's something that's actually a song that they're playing or actually just the pulse of the music"

Music is Important to Luke Cage as it is set in Harlem and Harlem has a long, rich culture of music and they want to give homage to that. In fact, all of Luke Cage's episode will be named after Gang Starr songs. According to Cheo Hodari Coker (developer of Luke Cage):

"It's what I call the Wu-Tangification of the Marvel Universe, It's intense. It's got a grip. But it's elegant."

Luke Cage could possibly have one of the most unique themes and views of culture.

3. Symbolism

Now, media (film, TV music) can influence opinions/society, a good example is when Finding Nemo came out and clown fish became popular pets. You're probably wondering how this relates to Luke Cage, but to put it simply: Everyone has heroes they look up to. Luke Cage being a black man cleaning up his streets is a character that people can relate to and look up to. More than that, he is bulletproof and could easily become a symbol for Black Lives Matter. If you agree or disagree with the Black Lives Matter you cannot deny that Luke Cage could influence people, to not be afraid, to fight for the little guy, to be a figure to be inspired by.

Could Luke Cage Become The Most Important Series In Marvel History?


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