Earlier this year, Netflix introduced the world to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Hell’s Kitchen. In April, Daredevil debuted exclusively on the streaming service, followed by Jessica Jones in November. Jessica Jones introduced the world to the next character to get their own Netflix series, Luke Cage. Luke Cage is played by Mike Colter, and his series is scheduled to debut next year. While the show is well into production, a few new set photos have surfaced that give us some idea of what we can expect from the hero for hire.
Jessica Jones introduced us to Luke and his powers of super strength, accelerated healing, and unbreakable skin. We also got a bit of his back story, as Jessica Jones was responsible for his wife’s death. Undoubtedly, Luke’s series will give us more about his past and the origins of his powers, which are simply explained in Jessica Jones as “an experiment”.
Based on the new pictures, it looks like Luke cage’s series will introduce drug lord Cornell Stokes, or Cottonmouth, into the MCU. In the comics, Cottonmouth has super strength comparable to Luke Cage’s. He also has razor-sharp teeth, which are unable to be seen in the new photos.
Cottonmouth will be played by Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2), while Alfre Woodard will play Stoke’s politician cousin, Mariah Dillard. Luke Cage‘s show runner is Cheo Hodari Coker, who has served as producer and writer for NCIS: Los Angeles, Almost Human, and most recently Ray Donovan. Coker also wrote the 2009 biopic, Notorious, about the life of The Notorious B.I.G. Again, Netflix showing us that they are taking these properties seriously, and bringing in an extremely high level of talent.
Rosario Dawson is also seen in the new photos, reprising her role as Clair Temple a.k.a. Night Nurse. Dawson first appeared as Temple in Daredevil, and again in Jessica Jones. She was introduced to Luke Cage late in the Jessica Jones series, as she helped Jones save Cage after he was shot. Clair Temple is, so far, the common thread between all of the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen. Rumors have been swirling that Jones and Cage will be appearing in season 2 of Daredevil.
Luke Cage is scheduled to hit Netflix next year.