Learn What Makes a Hero in This New Luke Cage Featurette
We've caught tons of peeks and glimpses at Luke Cage so far. We've seen his powers in action and we've met his new nemesis but, until now, we haven't had a full picture of what to expect from a full season of Luke Cage. Now, with the latest featurette from Netflix, we know more about Cage's story, and what brings him to Harlem.
When we last saw Luke Cage...
As a sidekick/paramour to Jessica Jones in... Jessica Jones, Luke Cage had a tough go of things. In a very short amount of time, he had to deal with grief, betrayal, mind control, and an exploded workplace, all while trying to pack the musculature of an entire Olympic swimming team into a single human being.
So it's no wonder that Cage needs a bit of a break. He's already shown a knack for keeping his head down and only minding what's his, so taking a job sweeping a barber shop in Harlem seems right up his alley.
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With great power...
You get the feeling that even if he didn't have powers, Cage wouldn't be able to avoid jumping in and helping out where he's needed. He's just a good dude who doesn't want to see people mistreated. When he does get involved, it's not done out of greed or hunger but because it's the right thing to do. As he tells series big bad Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes, who accuses Cage of gunning for his crime empire, "I don't want Harlem, I just want you to stop messing with it."
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And ultimately, isn't that what separates the heroes from the villains? Heroes are defined by their reluctant, responsible use of power. Rosario Dawson describes Cage's heroism in a similar way: "If you see a need and you decide that it's your responsibility to address it, that's the hero's journey."
With this bigger picture, we finally know what this series is going to look like. After the events in Hell's Kitchen, Cage is trying to keep a low profile but cannot ignore the corruption and crime that threatens the neighborhood that he cares about.
I don't know about you but that sounds pretty good to me. Let me know what you think in the comments below.