“Luke Cage” premiered its entire first season on Friday, September 30, on Netflix. It’s the latest in Marvel’s expanded universe of film and TV shows and stars Mike Colter as the title character, who has superhuman strength and impenetrable skin. Colter introduced this role during a multi-episode arc in the first season of “Jessica Jones” in 2015. According to critics, this could be Marvel’s best TV offering yet, scoring 79 on MetaCritic and 100% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Allison Keene (Collider): “Colter has described the series as Marvel’s version of ‘The Wire,’ which is bold yet in many ways apt. It’s an intimate portrait of street life, detailing not only the inner workings of the crime syndicates, but also the beleaguered police, sleazy politicians, and the young people in the community who see guns and drugs as an easy way to make money.”
Ellen Gray (Philadelphia Enquirer): “And in its newest Netflix series, starring Mike Colter as the bulletproof title character, Marvel demonstrates the power of placing a black hero in an environment where his superhuman abilities are what set him apart, not the color of his skin … I’ve seen only seven of the 13 episodes to be released on Friday, but this might be the best of Marvel’s Netflix shows so far.”
Brian Truitt (USA Today): “Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’ brings together what Marvel does best, in both its movie slate and its streaming series: Mike Colter’s good guy could probably hold his own against the Hulk, and he also has the emotional depth of Daredevil or Jessica Jones. But Cage has the added appeal of timeliness, as a black man stands up for what’s right, even when he’s being shot at and his neighbors sometimes would rather he not stir up trouble.”
Alan Sepinwall (Hitfix): “Just as ‘Jessica Jones’ — the show that introduced Mike Colter as Cage, as part of Netflix’s elaborate plan to introduce their own team of street-level superheroes — found new life in a very familiar genre by filtering the cliches through an explicitly feminist lens (Jessica is a rape survivor, literally and metaphorically), Luke Cage does it by placing things in an unapologetically black context.”