Here's a finish Luke Cage evaluation, wright here we break down eexceptionally Marvel Universe easter egg and referral we can find on the Netflix series.

You are watching: I ain t no hero pay me


Still, the show is peppered through nods to some of the more remarkable elements of his comic book past, such as:

– Luke’s traditional yellow and black garb is teased by the color scheme of the hoodie you save seeing him wearing on this present, also. We’ll get even more into his old comic book look in a later entry, bereason it becomes really proper.

– Luke jokes that he “isn’t for hire” which is, of course, a jab at his initially comic book series title, and how his team-up through Iron Fist was billed (they were the “heroes for hire”).


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– Pops jokingly calls luke “Power Man” which is, of course, the superhero codename Luke went by in the ’70s, and that was also the title of his comic after it was adjusted. He likewise referrals various other heroes “downtown.” I imagine this is most likely a referral to the Avengers rather than Dareevil one or Jessica Jones.

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– The nightmares Luke is having actually are (unsurprisingly) regarded his beginning story, however this isn’t the location to comment on it, as it has actually potential spoilers for a future episode.

– Luke’s “I don’t curse” point is markedly various from his comic book variation. While 1970s comics wouldn’t allow Luke to use actual four-letter swear words, it was normally pretty apparent what he was actually saying/thinking, and also “sweet Christmas” was just the start of it. See for yourself…


In the recent (and also vital and also hilarious) Power Man and Iron Fist comic by David Walker, Sanford Greene, and Lee Loughridge, Luke’s cursing has end up being such a problem that he’s had to begin substituting much less harmful, ridiculous words.


Anyway, this is a long method of saying that the comic book variation curses like a sailor, yet the TV version’s even more low-vital method drops into the totality “black Superman” point this present is doing so well. I’ll obtain into even more of that in a little as soon as it becomes proper.


– Alfre Woodard’s Mariah Dillard is a much even more, shall we say, nuanced variation of the character of Black Mariah than the one that was presented in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #5 in 1973. That variation of Mariah wasn’t a politician, and was ummmm…just not great, ok?



She recently proved up in Walker and also Greene’s previously mentioned (and also awesome…have I discussed that this comic is awesome?) Power Man and Iron Fist comic and also wasn’t a finish embarassment. Ms. Woodard’s performance is wright here it’s at, though.


– Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes initially showed up in Power Man #18 in 1974 (remember just how I stated above that Luke’s comic book obtained a new title?). He was produced by Len Wein and also George Tuska.

He wasn’t a nightclub owner, however he certain was a natty dresser, simply prefer his Netflix equivalent.


His main trade was in drugs fairly than in high-technology weapons, though. The comics variation of Cottonmouth was more explicitly tied to Luke’s past than what we seem to be gaining here.

–That Biggie portrait in Cornell’s office is based on the cover of the December 20, 1993 issue ofRolling Stone. The photo was taken by Barron Claiborne.

Misty Knight has actually been kicking around the Marvel universe given that 1975 when she initially showed up inMarvel Premiere#21. It’s worth noting that at the time Marvel Premiere was an Iron Fist showsituation, so she really kicked off as an Iron Fist supporting character, making it a safe bet we’ll watch more of her when he gets his own series.

Here’s a look at her comic book counterpart…


Tony Stark designed that bionic arm, so if they’re looking for an excuse to gain a Robert Downey Jr. cameo into one of these things later, that’s the way to do it.

After her time through the NYPD, Misty eventually got in organization for herself as a PI with her companion, Colleen Wing, that will certainly likewise be getting here on the Netflix Iron Fist series.

But really, Simone Missick is so brilliant as Misty Knight that Marvel must think about providing her a Netflix series of her very own among these days, too.

– Frank Whaley’s character, Rafael Scarfe is indeed right out of Marvel Comics, and was, just favor he is here, Misty Knight’s companion on the pressure. He was developed by Chris Claremont and Pat Broderick and first appeared in Marvel Premiere #23 in 1975. He’s still kicking roughly, as well.


So, Shades is a character via a publication history as lengthy as Luke’s, dating all the means earlier toLuke Cage Hero For Hire#1 in 1972. And simply prefer he does here, he’s obtained ties to Luke’s mysterious previous. Somepoint tells me that they won’t obtain approximately to offering him the laser-blasting sunglasses the character finished up obtaining in the comics, though. It’s more than likely for the best.


Right now, Shades is functioning for someone mysterious named “Diamondearlier.” This is a pretty significant piece of Luke’s history, as well, however if I disclose as well much below, I run the hazard of spoiling points in the future, so let’s host off for currently. I will certainly say this much: “Diamondback” isn’t the sometimes criminal/occasionally Captain America girlfrifinish who functioned for Marvel’s Serpent Society.

One various other non-spoilery Diamondago information, though. The comic book Diamondago did indeed have a thing for weapons that appeared to be standard, however had an explosive gimmick. In his situation it was knives. Here, it’s guns and also Chitauri tech.

And while we’re on the topic of Shades and his ties to Luke, we get a recommendation to Seagate Prichild, which coincidentally also first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1. Regardless of what I composed earlier, this isn’t the first Marvel Cinematic Universe reference to Seagate, which has actually currently appeared in the article Iron Man 3 Marvel One-Swarm “All Hail the King” which was contained on the DVD and Blu-ray release of Thor: The Dark World. (many thanks to Stuck In The Vortex down in the comments for correcting me!)

– Correct me if I’m wrong on this one, but I can’t find any type of comic book parallel for Pops. But his “always forward, forward always” saying is around as good a potential superhero motto as I’ve ever before heard!

– The conversation in Pops’ barber shop is about the New York Knicks in the ’90s, and also I have to say, they’re dead right about Pat Riley. Also note that John Starks is my favorite basketround player of all time.

– I love the rather particular means “the incident” (the massive fight from the firstAvengersfilm) is tackled throughout this display. The other Netflix shows are set in Hell’s Kitchen, which was closer to the midtvery own fight and its devaterminal, and so have a much more firsthand also feel for the devastation. But Harlem is way the hell uptown, so you’ve acquired folks selling bootleg footage of the battles like they’re the hottest new movies. It’s a nice touch.

– I feel choose it’s been periods because we’ve had any point out ofIron Man 2baddie, Justin Hammer, yet right here we are via the mysterious “Justin Hammer tech” as the main driving pressure of this arms deal.

– We gain a glimpse of Luke’s tragic ex, Reva Connors, below, however I’m not going to obtain right into it until a later on episode.

– It’s nice to view fictional Marvel Universe netoccupational WJBP-TV back for an additional round, and also that’s Dawn Lyen-Gardner as Megan McLaren, a character that initially appeared in Thunderbolts #1 ago in 1997.

– One of the tracks Raphael Saadiq percreates at the Harlem Nightclub is this gem, “Good Man.”

I’ll be listening to this for the remainder of the month.

Luke Cage Episode 2: Code of the Streets

Luke is pulled deeper into the fight for his community once, as a favor to an old frifinish, he tries to assist a kid who’s in trouble through Cottonmouth.

Here’s a small “Code of the Streets” for you…


Luke is analysis Walter Mosley’sLittle Green, about hardboiled detective Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins. What’s amazing aboutLittle Greenand how it ties into Luke’s beginning is that in the previous book in that series, Rawlins endured a auto accident and also got in a coma. It’s inLittle Greenthat he “retransforms to life” similar to how Luke abandons his previous life as a convict in order to become a hero.

There’s likewise a cite of writer Chester Himes, the writer of the Harlem Detective series of novels. According to Michael (not me, I swear!) in the comments, Himes was one of the authors that Luke Cage co-creator Archie Goodwin read once he was initially putting the character together. The most famous movie based on these publications is more than likely 1991’s A Rage in Harlem.


– Luke mentions that he’s from “Savannah.” I don’t recognize if this is a cover story or not, as the comic book version was born and also increased in Harlem. But Seagate Priboy is off the coast of Georgia, so maybe this is Luke’s little nod to his time tbelow.

– Rob Morgan is here as Daredevil’s favorite punching bag, Turk Barrett. I absolutely love Mr. Morgan’s portrayal of Turk, and it’s awesome exactly how also here, no issue what case you put him in, ol’ Turk just cannot win.

– Luke gaining his headphones on with some music to psyche himself up is sort of reminiscent of exactly how Jessica went in for her attack on Kilgrave at the end of Jessica Jones seakid one. Luke was about for that, so he’d certainly remember if that’s the situation.

Then aobtain, everyone lis10s to music as soon as they job-related out, right? And what Luke is around to do is type of the superhero indistinguishable of a workout. As a side note, the tunes from this show are going to be the soundtrack to all of my runs and workouts for all eternity.

Luke Cage Episode 3: Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?

In the after-effects of a chaotic occasion at a favorite Harlem hangout, Luke heeds the contact to activity — and hits Cottonmouth where he’ll feel it most.

– We learn in this episode that Pops’ actual name is Henry Hunter, and no, there’s still no evident Marvel Comics identical here, although (thanks
polodarkwater on Twitter for reminding me!), he does have actually the standard comic book double initial name (think Peter Parker, Scott Summers, Lois Lane, etc).

– The mysterious spirit man singing in the Harlem Paradise is Charles Bradley, and the song, which is my brand-new obsession and also most likely yours, too is “Ain’t it a Sin.”


Seriously, Charles Bradley, where have actually you been all of my life?

– The huge brawl below is this show’s identical of Daredevil seaboy one’s hallmeans fight. What’s nice about this is that it isn’t trying to duplicate it, it’s not an insane tracking swarm, and rather of martial arts mastery, this is simply a showcase for Luke’s brute pressure.

And, of course, the tune is Wu-Flavor Clan’s “Bring the Ruckus” the first song from their classical debut album Enter the Wu-Flavor (36 Chambers). This is a brilliant option, but there’s one problem: it prominently features the one and also just word that Marvel’s Netflix shows apparently won’t say, so this a slightly sanitized version. It’s a little ridiculous, to tell you the fact. We had a male impale his eye on a rusty spike in seakid one of Daredevil yet we can’t hear “fuck” in a song? C’mon, Marvel.


The bullet-riddled hoodie is some powerful symbolism. It recalls the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin and also it’s absolutely no accident that they’re utilizing this to such powerful result here.

– We get to hear Ms. Dillard’s “Babsence Mariah” nickname, and plainly she doesn’t care for it. And who can blame her, right? Do we need another example of exactly how ridiculous her comic book equivalent was?

Luke Cage Episode 4: Step in the Arena

As he rescues a victim of Cottonmouth’s vengeance, Luke remembers his previously life and the conspiracy that led to his superhumale strength.

So, this is the episode that lastly goes into detail around Luke’s origin story. With a couple of details included, it’s a remarkably faithful interpretation of what went dvery own in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1.

Lots of the little bit details are right here, favor Warden Stuart (who in the comics had actually a child who became a minor supervillain by the name of Stiletto), and, of course, Luke’s racist-ass tormentor, Billy Bob Rackham.

And it appears prefer this episode’s title track, “Tip in the Arena” is a recommendation to the prikid fight club.

In the comics, Dr. Noah Burstein’s experiments in the comics were an attempt to duplicate the Captain America super soldier serum (and also don’t forgain, from a Marvel Cinematic Universe chronological standpoint, this flashback virtually definitely takes place before Cap was thawed out). Typically these Netflix reflects are excellent around existing side-by-side via the movies without acquiring as well tied up in their continuity, but this would certainly be a nice way to tie that in. On the various other hand, it’s more likely that this will be depicted as some type of expansion of the experiments that produced Kilgrave.

– The guy hanging approximately with Shades in prichild is played by Thomas Q. Jones. And while I don’t think we ever hear his name on display, he’s credited as Comanche (I never would have spotted this if Tyrone dvery own in the comments hadn’t pointed it out first). In that Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1 origin story, Shades was indeed accompanied by a young fella named Comanche. He ended up with a costume of his very own and also would annoy Luke at Shades’ side in the future, too.

– So, remember once I promised you that we’d gain into the details of Luke’s comic book look? Well, now is the moment. While this wasn’t my favorite episode (I discovered it a little too heavy-handed and also talky), it attributes the the majority of clever nods to that unfortunate ’70s costume I can possibly imagine.

Keep in mind when Luke emerges from the experiment:


Does the headgear and also bracelets look familiar? And then, of course, he lifts that yellow blousage from some poor soul’s washing line after his escape…


– We finally get the story of exactly how Luke and also Reva met, and yes, she was tbelow in the comic as well, although she had actually a different attach to his previous, and also met a very various tragic end than what we acquired on Jessica Jones.

– I simply want to suggest out how much I took pleasure in the conversation about martial arts standards Five Deadly Venoms and also Fist of Legend. For one point, Five Deadly Venoms is freakin’ impressive and also you absolutely have to watch it. But it’s also a favorite of the Wu-Flavor Clan, and also we know that Luke is fond of them. I’m not certain I agree with the sentiment that Jet Li’s Fist of Legend is much better than Bruce Lee’s original, however it’s totally worth discovering. 

Luke Cage Episode 5: Just to Get a Rep

Official synopsis:

Cottonmouth strikes earlier at Luke by taking vengeance out on the human being of Harlem, while Detectives Knight and Scarfe challenge an unintended threat.

– So, after the events of episode 4, Luke starts operating in public, and also allows folks understand that he is. This is, more or less, the beginning of the “Luke Cage as street level difficulty solver” character, which is really just how he was envisioned in the comics.

– Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple lastly renders her big entrance in this episode. It’s around time. Claire was originally a Luke Cage supporting character, first showing up in Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #2 in 1972.


It’s great that they’re lastly obtaining these 2 together, however there’s an awful lot of uncrucial exposition below on Claire’s component. It’s nice that the Marvel Netflix shows are largely standalone, but this episode type of bends over backwards to remind audiences that whatever is connected, and it feels prefer a silly little of set-up for The Defenders.


– Huge love to Michael Dunne in the comments below, that mentioned that when Luke refers to a couple of thugs as “Plug One” and “Plug Two” that’s a nod to the good De La Soul. In fact, I’m simply gonna quote him right here, because this is too excellent a capture for me to not give credit…

“As the members of De La Soul constantly hooked their microphones right into the exact same input plugs in the recording studio, they came to be recognized as Plug One (Posdnous), Pug Two (Trugoy) and also Plug Three (Maseo)”

It’s a crime that De La Soul aren’t filthy well-off, so just go buy my favorite album of theirs, Stakes is High. Or any of their documents, really.

– Did I hear somebody mention an “Office McClane?” As in, John McClane from Die Hard? I suppose, he was NYPD, and had that unfortunate occurrence in Harlem at the begin of Die Hard 3…anyway, did I imagine this?

– When Luke goes to visit Eddie Axton’s sports memorabilia shop, there are some old, blue lockers tbelow. I wonder if the implication below is that they’re lockers from Ebbets Field, the stadium where the Brooklyn Dodgers played prior to they were sent to LA.

– There’s a line right here about how Luke needs to “aid those in require.” I’m going to come back to this in the following enattempt, because it’s part of a bigger suggest I’d prefer to make around how Luke is being positioned on this show.

Luke Cage Episode 6: Suckas Need Bodyguards

Official synopsis:

After cottonmouth and also Scarfe’s bloody clash, Luke realizes that saving the community may turn previous allies right into enemies, and also enemies into allies.

– That’s Trish Walker talking on the radio! Glad to watch she’s back to business as usual for a little bit. As we learned on Jessica Jones, she definitely doesn’t require a bodyguard…

– There’s a recommendation below to the Guardian Angels, who were a relatively significant group in New York City in the ’80s once the city wasn’t precisely the finest location to be. They were basically citizen patrollers with berets and windbreakers who would patrol communities and ride the submethod (and also trust me, you barely desire to ride the submethod right here currently, let alone earlier then) to help deter crime.

– Luke jokes that “I ain’t no hero, pay me.” And right here we have the first indications that possibly, just probably, this hero can be for hire after all.

– Note that in the comics Rafael Scarfe never before was the totally crooked creep he transforms out to be below.

– OK, you need to stick via me right here, because I’m going to off on a small little bit of a tangent. This happens in this episode…


Any time a superhero gets caught up in somepoint including an automobile, it can’t assist but recontact Superman’s initially appearance inAction Comics#1 in 1938.

Here, have a look…it’s not rather the same thing, yet it’s a fine way to develop that your hero is stronger than simply around anybody and also can’t be hurt.


Now, take into consideration this, Luke Cage’s powers of unbreakable skin and absurd physical strength are basically all that Supermale had going for him in 1938, too. And the earliest Supermale stories showcased him very a lot as a hero pertained to via protecting widespread human being from low level criminals and also corrupt officials. He wasn’t rather a “neighborhood” male favor Luke Cage, however he was very much a champion of the civilization.

But remember in episode 5, the line around “assist those in need?” Well, in Action Comics #1, Supermale is defined as a “champion of the oppressed” (sound familiar?) and “a physical marvel who had sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need.”

Don’t think me?


Anymethod, I’m a vast fan of the early, Golden Period Superman stuff, and it’s fairly possible that these parallels are accidental, specifically since Luke has actually constantly been generally concerned with local concerns. I think it’s excellent, regardless.

Luke Cage Episode 7: Manifest

Mariah’s political career comes under fire, and Cottonmouth picks up indevelopment that might put Luke on the run.

– Luke is described as “Harlem’s Captain America” at one allude. I wonder if this is a coincidence, or possibly a slight nod to exactly how his origin story was initially loosely tied to Cap’s (watch my notes on episode 4). But the Captain America similarity additionally extends to Luke’s polite, no-nonfeeling, straight-shooting personality as a male who doesn’t particularly care for bullies. He absolutely has even more in common through Steve Rogers than Matt Murdock or Frank Castle.

– I can’t discover any kind of Marvel Comics parallels for Domingo Colon, and I didn’t spot any type of obvious Marvel referrals in Colon’s Gym. If I’m wrong, please let me know!

– There’s a John Lee Hooker song quietly playing in the time of the flashbacks, and it happens to be my favorite song of his, “I’m Bad Like Jesse James.”

Seriously, pour yourself a glass of somepoint and listen to this, because it’s awesome.Unless my ears deceive me, it’s this live variation of it, too…

Hoo-boy, and also how about that ending to this one! Didn’t view that coming, did you?

Luke Cage Episode 8: Blowin’ up the Spot

Mariah campaigns to revolve the city versus Luke, and also not even Misty or Claire may be able to save him.

Lots of things are blowing up in this episode, not the leastern of which being the Gang Starr tune that gives the episode its name…

– OK, so we might as well get this out of the method best up front. The man quoting The Warriors (“Can you dig it!”) is Willis Stryker. Who, pray tell, is Willis Stryker? That’s the mysterious “Diamondback” we’ve been hearing mentioned given that episode 1.

So, here’s the point around Diamondago. He was Luke’s first non-prison opponent in the comics, and also he first showed up in (favor many characters on this show) Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1.



The comic book Diamondearlier was into gimmicked knives fairly than hi-tech firearms, but the change provides sense in the context of the display via Chitauri technology. Erik LaRay Harvey is playing Stryker/Diamondback here, and he’s obtained that broad-shouldered build pretty perfect, doesn’t he?

Carl Lucas and also Willis Stryker did indeed have actually a long background together, and also we’re likely to learn more around it here. When Diamondago mentions that Reva’s demise was his doing (even though Jessica Jones viewers know that isn’t the case), that’s a nod to the comics, also. See, the comic book Reva Connors was a woman that Carl and Willis competed for the affections of, and also she met her end in a crossfire because she was romantically involved via Willis and his criminal activities while Carl/Luke was in jail.

– You can spot a WHIH microphone as soon as Mariah is speaking to the press. WHIH is one more fictional Marvel Cinematic Universe news outlet. It’s also worth noting when aget that the screen Mariah Dillard is method more badass and amazing than her comic book counterpart, and Alfre Woodard just absolutely owns it in this episode. The little around not wanting to carry dvery own the home worth on a structure wbelow both Count Basie and Fight It Out Ellington lived is a nice touch.

– This episode is probably a tiny heavier on the Luke-as-Christ symbolism than is strictly important. He claims how it’s “my cross to bear,” and also you could be able to read into the Claire Temple trying to perdevelop surgical procedure scene as a sort of “Thomas puts his hand also in Jesus’ wound” little bit. I expect, the explosive bullet is even referred to as “The Judas” for crying out loud, and also Luke’s physical punishment over the last episode or so is founding to feel prefer the Passion of the Christ.

But this likewise brings me earlier to the Superguy parallels. Superguy is another character wbelow there are often Jesus parallels grafted on, however we perform gain an additional practically explicitly “Golden Era Superman” moment in this episode. When the scalpel bends as Luke and Claire try and also dig the shrapnel out, well, that can’t assist yet remind me of an additional moment from among Superman’s earliest appearances.

Judge for yourself…


Again, this can be coincidence, however I just view so much of the at an early stage, street-level Superman stuff in Luke on this display that I have to allude it out! That along with his “I can’t be endangered, innocent civilization might die,” is appropriate out of Supes’ earswarm “other folks first” mindset.

– I do kind of love Claire’s scientific examination/explacountry of Luke’s stamina and invulnercapability, though.

– Luke provides another “Power Man” joke this time roughly. Claire renders it sound choose it won’t stick.

– Oh, and also as an included bonus, Wilboy Fisk’s lawyer from Daredevil Seaboy 2, Ben Donovan is back!


Considering that Ben was initially developed and appeared in Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #14, it’s a nice touch that he’s around for this show, as well.

Luke Cage Episode 9: DWYCK

Official synopsis:

With Luke wounded and on the run, Misty faces a soul-searching interrogation. Mariah’s increase to power takes a dark rotate.

Here’s the track that provides this episode its name:

– Diamondago referrals The 48 Laws of Power, however what he calls “the 4nine law” is really basically the number one preeminence in superhero storyinforming whenever anyone is presumed dead. If there’s no body, there’s no death (I’m paraphrasing here, cut me some slack). And occasionally even if you do uncover a body, there’s still no guarantee that anyone is remaining dead.

– It’s nice to check out that Diamondback likewise namechecks photographer Barron Claiborne when talking about the omniexisting Biggie poster.

– As the editor of an entertainment website, I had actually to obtain a chuckle out of the SEO joke as soon as Claire is looking for details on Seagate Prison. An write-up pops up that’s “The 10 Many Notorious Prisons” which you simply understand some editor commissioned for traffic. I wonder what other Marvel Universe areas would pop up in tright here if that article were real…

– It would show up, based upon what Dr. Burstein tells Claire, that the Seagate experiments on Luke really had nopoint at all to carry out via trying to replicate Captain America’s origin story. I’m a tiny bummed about that, but I understand. Unmuch less there’s more to this than what they’re informing us…

– Luke utters among the rare “Sweet Christmas” moments we’ve had so much from him. See? Even in the face of specific death, he still won’t curse!

– Your ears didn’t deceive you, newguy02, it does indeed sound prefer they’re referring to Madame Gao and co’s tasks in Hell’s Kitchen. The point is, I still can’t number out exactly how all three of these shows join up simply yet!

nukecage on Twitter stated that Misty and her interrogator share an exchange about lemonade that comes appropriate out of the lyrics of the GangStarr song that offers this episode its name. Afterwards, Misty even has herself a can of Counattempt Time.

– The Del-Fonics are playing at the Harlem Paradise! First of all, it’s constantly awesome to see The Del-Fonics pop up anywhere, however it’s likewise cool to view that also via Shades running points, they haven’t let the top quality of the musical acts slip.

The cool and also moody song they’re playing is “Stop and also Look (And You Have Found Love)” which is type of great:

You might likewise remember The Del-Fonics as a point of romantic interest in my favorite Quentin Tarantino movie, Jackie Brown.

Luke Cage Episode 10: Take it Personal

Luke gets closer to the fact about Reva and her component in his fate, while Mariah wrestles through the principles of her brand-new role. Misty hunts for Luke.

Well, Luke definitely does “take it personal” in this episode, and also you can’t really blame him…

But in its entirety, it’s great that all of the Seagate/origin/Reva stuff is done. This series has been very excellent, but for whatever factor, whenever they begin spending time on Luke’s beginning story, things obtain a little also ham-fisted.

From a comic fan standpoint, though, this does allow Luke’s relationship via Claire Temple to take the romantic leap that it did in the original comics. More importantly, now that the mysteries of his past are out there, he’s moved on from Reva, and also we’re done (after three episodes!) through the “shrapnel” story, things need to be prepared to acquire moving the way they should currently for the show’s final act.

– Reva’s research study on Carl Lucas/Luke Cage reveals the mutual criminal previous of Luke and also Stryker, and that’s another point that’s right out of the comics. The two did indeed run together, yet the reason for why Luke went to jail while Stryker walked complimentary has yet to be revealed on the display.

– I don’t recall Diamondearlier ever literally being Luke’s half-brvarious other, however Michael in the comments (not me, I swear!) renders a really great connection that I wish I would have actually caught. Carl Lucas did have a brother in the comics, James Lucas Junior, who inevitably ended up being a supervillain named Coldfire. And exactly how did Coldfire get his powers? Thanks to Dr. Noah Burstein.

– However, Diamondago framing Luke Cage for the murder of a police officer by dressing favor him is some cartoon villain nonsense. I realize that’s a widespread trope via characters favor Spider-Man, and obviously there’s a political undertone right here, through civilization just seeing “a babsence male in a hoodie,” and also that’s all well and correct. The trouble is the execution in this episode feels choose something out of a very early episode of the 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, wbelow they had actually to complete via (I shit you not) “The Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang” ruining their excellent name.

– I don’t think there’s any comic book precedent for Lonnie Wilboy or Detective Dorsey, but I execute love the method that child stands up to the cops. For a second I gained excited thinking it was the name of Spidey/Punisher villain, Tombrock, however nope, that’s Lonnie Lincoln.

– Mariah Dillard has end up being the many compelling character on the display, and it’s great seeing this display blur the line between legitimate social commentary with her doing essentially the right point yet for all the wrong reasons. The nice touch through this is just how she refers to the rest of the Marvel Universe, and this (in addition to the stuff I mentioned previously around folks marketing bootleg videos of “the incident”) might be the the majority of note-perfect “consistent people” check out of the MCU we’ve ever viewed. Her recommendations to Jessica Jones and also other “power people” is simply right on the money.

Luke Cage Episode 11: Now You’re Mine

In one bold move, a friend from his previous puts Luke on the defensive, Misty in dire straits, and also Harlem’s safety and security in jeopardy.

Let’s set the mood through some Gang Starr…

There’s not a whole bunch of Marvel stuff in this episode, which is simply fine, because it can just be the finest chapter of the series so much. Wondertotally tense, with excellent character moments, and also some wonderful music and also cinematography.

– I did get a chuckle as soon as after jokingly calling Boone “Obama” that responds, in typical hophase fashion that, “you can’t carry out this,” Diamondearlier shoots back with “yes we can.”

– One of Diamondback’s goons tells Lopes to “escort the nice nurse downstairs.” I might have sworn he shelp “Night Nurse.” Well, it turns out (thanks to multiple folks in the comments and on Twitter that have actually been checking this present out through subtitles), he does indeed say “Night Nurse!”

Remember prior to they revealed the character name as Claire Temple back when Rosario Dawkid was initially actors for Daredevil season one who we all thought she was Night Nurse? Man, those were the days…

– And speaking of Daredevil, Blake Tower ultimately renders an appearance! We’re in the house stretch, below, so any hope we have of seeing more sustaining characters from other reflects hinges on these last few!

– They’re really teasing Misty’s future, ummm…arm difficulties below. It will be interesting to watch if this amounts to anything, or if (for now) it’s simply a nod to her comic book past/future.

– Diamondago puts on Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” to collection the mood while he supervillain monologues to Boone. I’ve loved this song desperately since initially hearing it on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Between this and the Del-Fonics appearance in episode nine, I feel the have to revisit Quentin Tarantino’s at an early stage movies.

Luke Cage Episode 12: Soliloquy of Chaos

Misty digs deeper for the truth as the neighborhood power players throw the city into confusion.

Let Gang Starr tell you just how it is…

So, when aget, this episode is pretty light on Marvel Comics stuff, however that’s fine, bereason again, it’s heavy on the great stuff. As much as I love spotting the nerdy comics stuff on these mirrors, I like it much better when they acquire down to business.

– The greatest disclose in this episode is that Shades’ genuine name is Hernan Alvarez. As much as I know, that was never before revealed in the comics. However, SirStrangeFolk in the comments mentioned that the comic book variation of Shades has a son…


…who is currently serving as the brand-new Power Man in the comics!

It’s appropriate that we learn Shades’ name here, though. This is really Shades’ episode. It’s terrific. From the minute Diamondago gets annoyed via his flunky wearing a pair of shades as if that’s gonna be his point (“take those off”) to Shades’ near murder (I seriously have actually never rooted so hard for a Marvel villain to survive as I did in this moment), this was all around Mr. Alvarez. Theo Rossi is just delightful. I can watch an episode that’s just him and also Simone Missick talking shit to each various other.

– I practically missed Stan Lee’s cameo on this present, however many thanks to the sharp-eyed Mr. Cesar Diaz in the comments, here it is, right outside the bodega prior to the robbery!


It’s additionally worth noting that Stan is constantly a cop on the Netflix mirrors, rather than the random/different world he is in all of his other Marvel cameos.

But speaking of cameos, I will take a Method Man appearance in eextremely Marvel thing forever. Method Man is just one of 3 “fuck yes!” moments in this episode (the various other two being Shades snatching victory from the jaws of a garrotte defeat and also the cop telling Luke that “even more human being are rooting for you than you think”).

Here’s Method Man’s “P.L.O. Style” which is the track Luke mentions as a fave of his.

Method Man reflects up on real-life talk show Sway’s Universe (many thanks SlimShady54 and Crackfinger!) to drop“Bulletproof Love” which sounds prefer a pretty warm track.

In fact, give it a listen…

– You understand how I save going on around the early Supermale parallels on this show? Well, tright here are two more. This time, though, it’s much less about late ’30s Supermale and even more about George Reeves’ 1950s Supermale. The way Luke offhandedly, favor he’s faintly annoyed, dispatches those two douchebags robbing the deli (with taps on the head), and then crumples up the guy’s gun feels favor just how George Reeves would roll his eyes at hapless crooks prior to smacking the shit out of them on The Adventures of Superman in the ’50s. Aobtain, this might be coincidental, yet trust me, I suppose it as a compliment. It’s cool.

See also: Luke locking Turk in the dumpster and telling him “there’s food in tright here, too” through a smirk.

– We perform obtain Stryker going “the full Diamondback” in this episode, which is pretty awesome. Check out his comic book equivalent for comparison…


Things are gonna acquire crazy in that last episode…

Luke Cage Episode 13: You Know My Steez

Official synopsis:

With all of Harlem bearing witness, Luke takes on the fight of his life in wishes of emerging as the defender his city needs.

Before I obtain into the Marvel stuff here, let me simply say: this was a stunningly great finale, particularly after the fight ended. This is probably my favorite finale of any of the Marvel Netflix periods so far.

I practically feel choose a couple of more flashbacks via young Carl and also Willis would have done the job-related of at leastern 15 minutes of previously explace. The offhanded means Carl states “you’re not a Lucas” and young Willis’ reaction was really great, and the present could have done a better task through these two. Young Carl didn’t curse, either.

– Isn’t it great that even in that substantial fight at the finish, Luke still doesn’t kill Diamondback? That’s also excellent a villain to waste in this season. Hell, I’m still bummed that we shed Cottonmouth.

– I thoaround appreciated the “police procedural” fake out ending via Misty and also Mariah Dillard. The entirety “I understand you did it, and also we’re gonna define how you did it” point is ideal out of the final act of Elementary handbook (it’s the only procedural I watch, yet you get the idea), and was perfectly appropriate for this present, particularly given that they subverted it. But for actual, couldn’t you just check out this present functioning as a procedural through Luke as a area trouble solver and also Misty as a P.I.?

– Claire keeps offering to call Matt Murdock, the “really good” lawyer that she knows downtown. I’m actually glad that he never before actually shows up. This is Luke’s show, and also he deserves to not have his spotlight stolen by Matt Murdock or Jessica Jones.

– Claire sees a flier for martial arts instruction…from Colleen Wing. We’re going to satisfy Ms. Wing on Iron Fist in 2017. Stay tuned…


– Misty shows up at the Harlem Paradise looking incredibly a lot like her comic book counterpart. Does this together with her frustration through the confines of the mechanism suppose that she has actually currently quit the pressure and also gotten in service for herself? We’ll uncover out following year!

– Diamondback ending up in the “care” of Dr. Burstein kinda calls earlier to that “Coldfire” referral from episode 10, as well.

– What a song to end on. That’s the awesome (so awesome) Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings via “100 Days, 100 Nights.” Just go out and listen to every little thing they’ve ever done. Sweet Christmas.

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So, as soon as aobtain, females and gents! This is only the stuff that I noticed, and also I do realize that binge-watching this stuff isn’t always going to make me the most observant. If I missed anypoint, put it there in the comments or hit me up on Twitter (
wayoutstuff), and also if it checks out, I’ll upday this article and also I’ll provide you a shout.

Now, if you’ll excusage me, I’m off to find myself a suit that Shades was wearing in his last scene. Thanks or reading…