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Marvel’s Luke Cage is a Harlem hero in new trailer

“You think I asked for any of this?”

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Luke Cage is another superhero who falls into the "I didn’t ask for this" category à la Deus Ex’s Adam Jensen, but in the latest trailer for Netflix’s eponymous Marvel series, he steps into the role nicely.

Cage (Mike Colter) is an ex-con who received super strength as the result of an experiment while he was imprisoned, and now he has returned to his hometown — New York City’s Harlem neighborhood — to protect the streets from two-bit thugs and other threats. His primary adversary appears to be Cornell Stokes (Mahershala Ali), a local mob boss. We also see Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple, whom fans of Netflix’s Marvel shows may recognize from Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

Perhaps the most encouraging element of the trailer is that Luke Cage seems like it will celebrate the character’s black heritage amid the backdrop of Harlem, bringing a new dimension to Netflix’s Defenders universe.

The 13-episode first season of Luke Cage premieres Sept. 30 on Netflix. For more, read our interview with Colter from San Diego Comic-Con.