Luke Cage takes being a street-level superhero literally.
We won’t see Cage (Mike Colter) scaling any buildings. He keeps his crime-fighting on the ground, relying on his smarts and hand-to-hand combat.
He does have superhuman abilities after being used as a test dummy for an unscrupulous cell regeneration experiment that went awry. Which comes in handy when being hit with a sheet of bullets, coming out unscathed. Sure, he may have to buy some new clothes, but if that’s the least of his worries, he’s doing okay.
In the below clip, Claire Temple, portrayed by Rosario Dawson, asks Cage (1:08), “There is nothing that can hurt you. So what the hell are you afraid of?”
Well, from our point of view, “afraid” isn’t necessarily the word that comes to mind. We see him take it to the streets, going head-to-head with some Harlem-based gangsters, led by Cornell Stokes, aka Cottonmouth (House of Cards‘s Mahershala Ali) in the new trailer:
But then there’s Misty Knight, played by Simone Missick, who says to him (1:36), “Don’t be a hero … it looks to me like that’s what you’ve always been.”
Oof, no wonder he’s confused.
Cage may not give Temple all the answers she’s looking for straight away, but as of now it seems like the answer to her above question should be … nothing (he’s the one people should be afraid of).
Yes, we get it, a superhero’s fears go beyond the physical: He is still human after all. Cage is indeed reluctant with this newfound responsibility being thrown on him, but we’re excited to see him get through whatever’s standing in his way.
Luke Cage premieres on Netflix THIS WEEK on Friday, September 30.
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