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Luke Cage was one of four Marvel characters originally announced to get their own Netflix series in late 2013. However, before his show kicked off, viewers got to know him a little bit in Jessica Jones last November. Now that her first adventure is wrapped, Luke is striking out on his own, and after months of only knowing Luke Cage Season 1 would air sometime this year, we finally have an official premiere date: Friday, September 30.
Actor Mike Colter dropped the news last night while at the Daredevil Season 2 New York City premiere. While showing support for the Man Without Fear’s second MCU outing, here’s what he had to say about his own character’s future:
Daredevil premieres on March 18, and I will see the fans on September 30.
Like its Marvel Netflix predecessors, Luke Cage will drop all 13 episodes on that date, leaving viewers the option of either binge-watching it as quickly as possible or slowly going through it over a few weeks. Since Daredevil and Jessica Jones had seven months of separation between their premieres, it was assumed that there would be similar distance between Daredevil Season 2 and Luke Cage, but this time around it’s only six months.
If you want to hear Colter’s full comments at the NYC premiere, including just how action-packed it will be, head to the 2:11 mark on the video below.
Marvel's Daredevil - NYC Premiere - Only on Netflix
Despite being a member of Jessica Jones' main cast in Season 1, Luke was an enigmatic figure on that show. Viewers learned that he had been married, but his wife had died in what he believed was a bus accident, though he later learned that Jessica performed the deed while under Kilgrave’s control. Aside from that revelation, all we knew was that he managed a bar and could easily handle any threat with his super strength and unbreakable skin. Luke developed a romantic connection with Jessica in her series, but after he was badly injured in Season 1’s penultimate episode, they went their separate ways following the finale, though they’ll eventually reunite, at the latest, in the Defenders miniseries.
When his Netflix series kicks off, Luke Cage will find himself in Harlem dealing with new challenges, including nightclub owner Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes and street-smart criminal Shades, who has ties to Luke’s past. Fans will also learn about the “sabotaged experiment” that gave him his abilities. While Luke will obviously be the center of attention, it’s rumored that Finn Jones might debut as Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist, in the Luke Cage Season 1 finale, before his own series begins. So Daredevil won’t be the only one interacting with a fellow vigilante on the streaming platform.
If you enjoyed seeing Colter’s Luke on Jessica Jones and want more of him in action, mark ‘September 30’ on your calendars so you’re ready to watch Luke Cage Season 1 when it premieres on Netflix.