It’s not odd to over-analyze anything and everything that a Marvel series twitter puts out, right? Even if it is, we’re doing it anyways.
Earlier today Netflix shared a photo over on the Jessica Jones twitter account that may hint at Luke Cage’s eagerly awaited debut in the Marvel television universe. The image is of a folder with Luke Cage’s name and a very specific month written on it.
November seems an appropriate date for the show’s release considering the timing of the Jones’ premiere last year and the March 18 drop of Daredevil season two.
The Luke Cage series is expected to center on the hero’s origins and his turn from a member of the city’s underbelly to a defender of Harlem. According to a Marvel press release, “After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage 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.”
The character first appeared in his own 1972 comic Luke Cage: Hero for Hire #1. With roots in the blaxsploitation genre, Luke Cage follows a crime-inclined juvenile to his prison days where he eventually volunteers for experimental cell regeneration based on a version of the Super-Soldier process. When it’s botched by one of Cage’s enemies, the hero with super strength and durability is born. The character is known for his catchphrase “Sweet Christmas,” which appeared as an Easter egg in the Jessica Jones series.
One fourth of Marvel’s The Defenders team and the future comics husband of Jessica Jones, Cage made his first TV series appearance in the critically acclaimed and Kristen Ritter-led Netflix series Jessica Jones as a mysterious stranger and love interest.