Who is Luke Cage / Powerman?

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Luke Cage is a Marvel superhero who sometimes goes by the name of Powerman.  Luke Cage is featured in multiple Netflix series and played by actor Mike Colter.  Luke Cage has been featured in Jessica Jones (Season 1), Luke Cage (Season 1), The Defenders and will also be in Luke Cage (Season 2).

First Appearance:  Luke Cage: Hero For Hire #1

Luke Cage News:
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This is one of my favorite clips from the Luke Cage Series.  "You Want Some?"

Tweet Video:
This Tweet Video Announces the coming of Luke Cage Season 2.


Carl Lucas is a gang member in a gang called the Rivals.  He does petty crimes and fights the Rivals competing gang the "Diablos."  Initially, he dreams of becoming a crime lord but he sees his lifestyle is hurting his family.  He hangs up his criminal aspirations and tries to go legit.

Things are going well until Willis Styker a longtime friend of Lucas and a fellow member of the Rivals becomes incensed at Lucas.  Styker believes that Lucas is the cause of the break up with his girl friend, Reva Connors.  To get revenge he  plants heroine in Lucas's apartment and calls the police.  Lucas is set up and sent off to prison. 

Luke is pissed, acts out, and is eventually is sent to Seagate Prison.  In prison he is the target of a sadistic,  racist guard by the name of Billy Bob Rackham.  Rackham is eventually demoted for beating Lucas.   Then everything changes, Lucas is selected for an experiment on prisoners.  During the experiment Rackham tries to get revenge by sabotaging the experiment. Rackham cranks the power up to full but instead of killing Lucas it increases the powers beyond its initial intentions.  Lucas now has bullet proof, impermeable skin and super strength he breaks out of prison.

Once free Lucas changes his name to Luke Cage and opens an office in times square for a hero for hire.  If you pay Luke's fee you get Luke.   While this business seems sensible for a guy with bullet proof skin, issues always seem to arrive interfering with him getting paid.

Later Luke Cage meets the Fantastic 4 while trying to collect a debt from Doctor Doom.  He forms a partnership with the Kung Fu master Iron Fist.

Luke Cage and Iron Fist History:
Luke Cage was initially a character designed to take advantage of the popularity of Blaxploitation films in the 1970s.
When the wave of Blaxploitation films waned, so too did the popularity of Luke Cage but he managed to live on.  Luke Cage's comic was made into a team book called Heroes for Hire and Iron Fist became his partner.
While very different the two characters were in a similar situation.

Iron Fist came from Kung Fu movies that had dropped in popularity similar to the Blaxploitation films.  The two combined in the titles Powerman and Ironfist and later Heroes for Hire.  The two friends became one of the most popular and long running partnerships in comics.
It is hard to say why the Iron Fist and Luke Cage team up has worked so well.  While both are in the same genre of street fighting heroes they are on the surface polar opposites.  Iron Fist is a rich, white male, with mystical powers out to get vengeance.  Luke Cage is a poor, ex gang member, street fighter, who wants to make money.  Often times the two have quarreled, usually over money but they have always managed to work out their issues.

Relationship with Jessica Jones:
Luke first hooks up with Jessica Jones on a drunken one night stand.  Cage wanted to make more of the relationship than Jones did and the two have a dramatic falling out.  They make peace while working a job as Matt Murdock's body guards.  The relationship grows deeper as Cage helps Jessica deal with the abuse she suffered at the hands of the Purpleman.  They begin dating and move in together.  The two have a daughter together named  Danielle after Danny Rand.  Following the birth of their daughter the two are married.


Luke Cage has bullet proof and nearly indestructible skin.  He also has super strength, durability and healing.  He is a strong hand to hand combatant with a street fighter like style.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Mike Colter as Luke Cage in Jessica Jones

Luke Cage will be in the upcoming Marvel Netflix project called the Defenders Saga.  The Defender's Saga includes the characters Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil.  Luke Cage will be played by Mike Colter.

Show Synopsis:
Luke Cage is a former gang member who is framed for a crime. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Cage escapes and becomes a hero for hire. His archenemy is Willy Stryker, a former childhood friend from Harlem. The two committed petty crimes together, and both fell for the same woman, Reva Connors, which led to their eventual falling out. It was Stryker who framed Cage for a drug deal that sent him to prison.
 Synopsis 2:
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city--forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

Season 2:
Season 1 of Luke Cage was very successful so it should come as no surprise that a 2nd season of the bullet proof is in the works.  Marvel revealed that a 2nd Season was coming by tweeting out a video that showed the Pop's Barbershop location with a Neo Sign saying Season 2 is coming.

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