The dark side of su­per heroes

‘Luke Cage’ is the black­est thing Marvel has done

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cer of colour in a no-snitch cul­ture that doesn’t trust law en­force­ment. She’s drawn to Cage, like so many at first, but forces her­self to not fall vic­tim to his charms when he keeps show­ing up at places where he shouldn’t be.

Cage and Misty have the same bad guy in their sights (Cot­ton­mouth), but be­lieve in dif­fer­ent meth­ods when it comes to how to bring the bad guys in.

Ali’s Cot­ton­mouth was a child of lost po­ten­tial, thrown into or­gan­ised crime at a young age, and even­tu­ally re­alises he’s stuck there. But if he has to be there, he wants to be at the top. His covert col­lab­o­ra­tion with his cousin Mariah (Woodard) brings about the ques­tion of how far do you go to save the soul of your city? Their en­emy is on­com­ing gen­tri­fi­ca­tion and what it could mean to their fu­ture Har­lem in­ter­ests.

Mariah wants to keep Har­lem black and has used some of Cot­ton­mouth’s dirty money to do it, while Cot­ton­mouth wants a crime em­pire and his lux­u­ri­ous night club (which pro­vides some in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cal per­for­mances from the likes of Raphael Saadiq, Faith Evans and more).

Then there’s the sym­bol­ism. When the time comes for Luke to stop hid­ing and be a hero, dis­cre­tion is still top pri­or­ity. His mask of choice? A hoodie. Bul­lets bounce off that hoodie many times. You can’t help but think of Trayvon Martin and oth­ers who may have fallen for not re­al­is­ing that a cloth­ing ac­ces­sory made them a threat.

The sym­bol­ism is there for you to see, but it won’t be preached to you. Just like real life in­jus­tice, some­times words aren’t nec­es­sary.

Luke Cage passes the Marvel au­then­tic­ity test, too, tak­ing the best el­e­ments of a char­ac­ter, mod­ernising the story and mak­ing it must see for not just fan­boys, but also those in the gen­eral pub­lic who might not be comic book ex­perts.

When it comes to Marvel’s movies and Net­flix’s shows, they haven’t struck out yet. Luke Cage is no dif­fer­ent, and it is Net­flix’s best Marvel show to date.

When given the chance to bring to life one of the most well-known heroes of colour around, Marvel and Net­flix pro­duced some­thing that is un­de­ni­ably and un­apolo­get­i­cally black and beau­ti­ful. – Wash­ing­ton Post

Luke Cage on Net­flix. is avail­able now

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Luke Cage and Krys­ten Rit­ter starred in the hugely pop­u­lar

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