Like Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Luke Cage's story doesn't appear to be about threats facing the world, but instead about threats facing the neighborhood. In this case though, Luke Cage takes the Marvel Netflix universe out of Hell's Kitchen and drops its eponymous hero with unbreakable skin in Harlem, where Luke tries to hide out after his bar was blown up and his life was generally turned upside down during the events of Jessica Jones.
The overarching plot of the series will see Cage (played by Mike Colter) fight with gangster Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali) and his politician cousin Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodward) in a struggle for the soul of Harlem. Cage will be aided in this by his previously mentioned unbreakable skin, the origin of which it appears we'll learn, as well as Misty Knight (Simone Missick), a NYPD detective who believes in his cause. Rosario Dawson's will be reprising her role from Daredevil and Jessica Jones as Claire Temple, aka Night Nurse, who just can't seem to escape being wrapped up in the lives of New York City's most extraordinary citizens (not counting Tony Stark, I guess).
While Luke Cage will have the usual bone crunching action of your average Marvel event, the series will also have an emphasis on music that has largely not been a factor in most Marvel properties. For starters, A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad is the co-composer of the series' hip-hop and jazz-inspired soundtrack. Further connecting the series to New York City, each episode of the show is named after a different Gang Starr track. Luke Cage will also be the first Marvel cinematic property in which the N-word is dropped, which creator Cheo Hodari Coker ascribes to the dialogue being written to mimic what it's like "when you eavesdrop on black people talking to each other."
Early reviews of theseries are positive, with Variety calling it a crowd pleaser and ComicsBeat calling it Netflix's best Marvel's show yet, but HitFix warned that it sometimes has the same issues and drag as previous Netflix superhero shows because it relies on stringing a single narrative across 13 hours.
A familiarity with Jessica Jones and Daredevil will no doubt be useful for Luke Cage, as this is just the third show in a planned quartet of Marvel Netflix shows to be completed with next year's Iron Fist. Those four shows then feed into a larger team up series that will see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist star as The Defenders. Also now there's going to be a Punisher series, in case you didn't have enough glowering anti-heroes in your life.