Netflix has posted to YouTube a short clip from its upcoming Luke Cage series, which will be released in its entirety on September 30. While the clip was previously included as a teaser at the end of the second season of Daredevil, the clip is now available by itself and to those without Netflix subscriptions. Plus, the clip does spotlight three core parts of the show’s appeal, all of which build on what Netflix and Marvel have already accomplished in Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
First, Luke Cage’s encounter with the mob in a dimly lit boxing gym shows off the kind of gritty, street-level action that sets these shows apart from Marvel’s big-screen output. Then there’s star Mike Colter, who displays the same low-key, straightforward charm that made him such a great part of Jessica Jones. And finally, there’s his line at the end of the clip, right after he’s shot a zillion times (not an exact figure, awaiting confirmation on the precise number) by the gangsters: “I’m about sick of always having to buy new clothes.”
And with that line, Luke Cage follows in the proud tradition of Netflix superheroes shows — and Marvel Comics in general, really — pointing out just how much of a pain in the ass being a superhero can be. Sure, it’s great being indestructible and able to shrug off a bunch of bullets. It’s not so great running up huge clothing bills because your latest foes haven’t heard about your powers. Or, at the very least, it’s time for Luke to invest in a sewing kit.