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Will Marvel’s Luke Cage Take On Police Brutality?

Luke Cage being confronted by NYC cops.

A black man in a hoodie with his hands up being confronted by gun-slinging white cops. Sounds like a story ripped from America’s headlines.

But, no. The word picture above is based on set photos from Marvel’s upcoming Netflix superhero show, Luke Cage.

Marvel’s series on Netflix have not shied away from tackling critical, newsworthy subject matter that affects every day people. There are scant references to the Avengers’ battle with aliens from another realm, but, so far, these shows have remained down-to-earth. Daredevil took on class struggles, corporate corruption, and failures in the justice system. Jessica Jones took on rape, victim-blaming, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

It appears as though Luke Cage starring Mike Colter will continue the trend. Recent photos from the set of the series show the man with unbreakable skin wearing a gray hoodie and being confronted by New York City cops. Cage initially has his hands up, the cops have their guns drawn, and then a fight breaks out, with Cage eventually defeating the police officers and dragging them out of the street. In one shot, it appears as though Cage has a bullet hole in his hoodie. Later, he appears to be wearing one of the officers’ jackets.

The photos were taken by Steve Sands and posted to Twitter and Getty Images. (View more photos of Mike Colter as Luke Cage here.)

Obviously, set photos aren’t much to go on when it comes to determining which social ill or hot button issue Marvel will tackle next. But, it’s not likely that the studio will shy away from commenting on issues that are inherent with the debut of its first franchise with a black hero. As Siddhant Adlakha put it, “With the NYPD’s history of killing unarmed black people (American law enforcement in general, really), there’s little chance the show will end up skirting around the issue since its protagonist is a big black dude from Harlem.”

Details about the plot of Luke Cage are still scarce. But, the Marvel synopsis says: “When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.”

It has also been announced that Cage will face two villains from the comic books: Cottonmouth (played by Mahershala Ali) and Shades (played by Theo Rossi).

Luke Cage debuts later in 2016.

For now, prepare to enjoy the second season of Daredevil which will be released on March 18th. Jessica Jones has also been renewed for a second season.SuperFable