At the Daredevil season 2 premiere in New York City, Mark Colter announced Luke Cage will premiere on Netflix on September 30, according to Indiewire.
In Indiewire’s interview with Colter, the actor revealed the premiere date and also promised, “It’s going to be action-packed from beginning to the very end.” Colter will play the title character and has already appeared in Jessica Jones as Luke Cage.
Like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage also has superhuman abilities. He gains super strength and unbreakable skin after an experiment goes wrong. The series will follow Cage as he hides out in Harlem, trying to rebuild his life despite being a fugitive. Of course, this is a superhero story, so his past comes back to haunt him and he must step out of the shadows in order to defend his city.
Mahershala Ali will play Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, one of Cage’s adversaries. Alfre Woddward has been cast as Stokes’ cousin and local politician, Mariah Dillard, who is on a mission to clean up her hometown. Cage’s nemesis, Shades/Alvarez, will be played by Theo Rossi, and Simone Missick has been cast as Misty Knight. We will also see Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, the same role she played in Daredevil, in Luke Cage.
Luke Cage is the third installment on Netflix leading up to The Defenders series. The Defenders will feature Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, and will be sort of a grittier underground version of the Avengers.
Daredevil, which premiered last April, marked the first step toward Netflix’s Defenders and was followed in November by Jessica Jones. Jessica Jones has been renewed for a second season already, but it is unclear when it will premiere since Netflix seemed to be releasing each series/season every 6 month. And it is unclear whether or not Iron Fist, the next installment following one of the individual characters, will precede the release of The Defenders.
September 30 is a long time to wait, but season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil hits the small screen on March 18.