Watch: ‘Luke Cage’ Opening Credits Show Harlem in Mike Colter’s DNA

     September 29, 2016


Marvel’s Netflix series are known for their dynamic opening credits, and Luke Cage is no different. Mike Colter’s Power Man series will drop all of its Season 1 episodes tomorrow on the streaming platform, but today you can watch the opener online.

While cutting between dreamy imagery of the Apollo Theater, the New York City skyline, and the intersection of Lennox Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, the title sequence offers a close-up of Luke’s indestructible body as scenes from the city are projected on his skin. A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Ghostface Killah colleague Adrian Younge helped craft the series’ soundtrack, and the music layered the opening graphics reflect its hip-hop, funk, and jazz influences.

Watch it below:

After appearing in Jessica Jones, Colter reprises his role of Luke Cage in this Harlem-set story. Mahershala Ali plays the villain Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, Alfre Woodard plays a local politician Mariah Dillard, Simone Missick plays Misty Knight, Theo Rossi plays Shades, Frank Whaley plays Rafael Scarfe, and Rosario Dawson reprises her role of Claire Temple after appearing in both Daredevil and Jessica Jones. So far, early reviews are pegging this as another win for Marvel.

Soon, Luke will team up with the two Hell’s Kitchen heroes that came before, as well as Iron Fist (a.k.a. Danny Rand), for Netflix’s The Defenders crossover miniseries.

Here’s the official plot description for Luke Cage:

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.

And for comparison, check out the Daredevil and Jessica Jones opening credits below: