Luke Cage (TV series)

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Name: Luke Cage
Marvel's Luke Cage
Abbreviation(s): LC
Creator: Cheo Hodari Coker
Date(s): September 30, 2016
Medium: live-action TV series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Wikipedia, Netflix
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Luke Cage is a Netflix television series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and follows two prior Netflix MCU series, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. It will be followed by Iron Fist and the crossover series The Defenders.


A hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con fights to clear his name and save his neighborhood. He wasn't looking for a fight, but the people need a hero.[1]

Principal Characters

  • Luke Cage (Mike Colter) — An escaped wrongly-convicted convict with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin. After the events in Jessica Jones, Luke returns to Harlem and begins to use his powers to fight crime.
  • Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes (Mahershala Ali) — A nightclub owner and arms dealer.
  • Misty Knight (Simone Missick) — An NYPD detective investigating Cottonmouth.
  • Hernan "Shades" Alvarez (Theo Rossi) — A criminal who works for Diamondback and alongside Cottonmouth and Mariah Dillard. He and Luke Cage were in prison together.
  • Willis Stryker / Diamondback (Erik LaRay Harvey) — Head of a powerful criminal organization. He was Luke Cage's childhood friend, and is later revealed to be Luke's half-brother.
  • Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) — A nurse with a history of getting entangled with superheroes. Claire first appeared in Daredevil and first met Luke and helped save his life in Jessica Jones.
  • Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) — An ambitious local politician and cousin of Cottonmouth.


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The most popular pairing on AO3 is Mariah/Shades.

The series ended with canon Luke/Claire, and although their dynamic is popular with fans, some supporters fear the pairing is doomed in the face of a possible Luke/Jessica endgame.

Other pairings include Misty/Claire.

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Links & Resources


  1. Luke Cage on Netflix