SDCC: Luke Cage, Iron Fist & The Defenders


By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno |

How can you not love Comic Con? It’s the time of year when geeks around the world are treated to all sorts of wonders. In this particular case, Netflix and Marvel TV have been very quick to set their stall out in terms of their products.

We have been given a triple dose of comic book TV goodness in the form of teaser trailers for Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders.

With Iron Fist and The Defenders still a long way off, we wasn’t expecting to see much. But what they gave us was just enough to wet our appetite and get excited for.

As for Luke Cage? We got a much clearer look at what type of show it will be, and boy does it look good!

You can check out the trailer for each show before we go in to the breakdown. But lets face it, if you are reading this you probably have already seen them! And why wouldn’t you!

Luke Cage:

First of all, great choice of song! Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Neither Jessica Jones or Daredevil had the right setting to have music being used as part of the shows identity. Given the fact that Luke Cage is set in Harlem and against a backdrop of gang warfare the show has the platform to make music an extra layer to the show.

The trailer does a great job of setting up the premise of the show. Luke is in hiding, after the events of Jessica Jones, and he is looking to rebuild. But his past soon comes back to haunt him, meaning he will soon be face with an internal conflict between helping those around him and still be able to keep a low profile. Matt wanted to use his powers to help people, Jessica didn’t really buy the whole hero thing, Luke will probably be a mixture of the two. He will want to help people, but will be cautious and at times reluctant to use the full extent of his powers so openly.

There also seemed to be a lot of humour in the trailer, and that will be another change of pace after Jessica Jones. While there will probably be a lot more humour in Luke Cage, the gritty-real world universe they are are creating should still be there.

While we saw snippets of Luke’s power in Jessica Jones, the trailer heavily inferred that we are going to get a lot more! Using the car door to incapacitate the gang member was inventive, so hopefully we see a few more creative things like that in the show. Was that his “Hallway” fight scene?

Being set in Harlem, and sticking to the tradition of the Luke Cage source material, it will be good to see a predominantly black cast and focus in the superhero genre. We saw how popular Black Panther was in Civil War, and with Jessica Jones being such a powerful  female-centric show, Marvel and Netflix have another great opportunity to continue to help promote better representation in mainstream entertainment.

The trailer was a great way to reintroduce us to Luke, and has only just raised the excitement levels, especially given the show will drop on Netflix in September.

Iron Fist:

With filming only having just recently started, we were never going to get much in terms of a full story trailer, but we got to see enough to get us excited.

They set up the origin well enough for a teaser, with a young Danny being rescued from a plane crash and then returning as an adult back into society.

We see him strapped up, but it is not long until he punches a whole in the wall and escapes.

While the teaser did it’s job in giving us a glimpse of what is to come, we are left with more questions than answers. Are they going to have flashbacks similar to Arrow and ‘The Island’ so that we get to see the different stages of his training? Or will it be like Daredevil, by using flashbacks more sparingly throughout the season.

Either way, we are excited to see more when they have a proper trailer to show us.

The Defenders:

Obviously there is nothing filmed for this, so we got an animated concept teaser trailer.

Just like with the Luke Cage trailer, the use of music was a focal point and again was a recognisable, and decent song choice.

We did however get a little bit of dialogue from Stick talking about “how can the four of you save the city when you cannot even save yourselves”. Given that all the main characters so far have struggled with their hero identity, powers and dealing with others, it’s an intriguing idea that this team are going to have a lot more conflicts and internal struggles compared to their film equivalent in the Avengers.

With Luke Cage and Iron Fist to come before we even get to The Defenders, we can’t really think too far ahead. But the teaser just gives a reminder to the fans that in the near future all our favourite heroes will be on our screens all at the same time!

What did you think of the trailers? Which show are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!

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