Why Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’ is the best superhero show yet, according to critics

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Netflix’s “Luke Cage.”
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Netflix’s latest superhero series “Luke Cage” premiered last week to great fanfare and critical acclaim.

The show follows the exploits of Marvel Comic hero Luke Cage – played by veteran actor Mike Colter – as he works as a “superhero for hire” in Harlem, New York City.

The Netflix original series currently boasts a 96% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, which beats out previous Marvel Netflix shows “Daredevil” (86%) and “Jessica Jones” (93%). And it has “universal acclaim” over at Metacritic.

Read on to see why critics are calling “Luke Cage” the best superhero series yet:


Many critics praised lead actor Mike Colter’s performance as the linchpin of the show.

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“‘Luke Cage’ does an excellent job giving each of its cast members (however long they stick around) distinct personalities and memorable moments that create immediate stakes,” Collider wrote. “But none shine as brightly as Colter.”

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“Colter (perhaps best known, before ‘Jessica Jones,’ for ‘The Good Wife’) not only oozes charisma but manages to look like a superhero just walking around in a sweatshirt, or even (in rare moments) a jacket and tie,” CNN said.

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Others lauded the vision of the show’s creator, Cheo Hodari Coker.

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“‘Luke Cage’ is the result of a meticulous vision, and it should rightfully elevate Coker into the league of television auteurs,” The AV Club wrote.

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“Coker’s surrounded Colter with a stellar supporting cast,” USA Today said. “‘Cage’ is Marvel’s best TV series yet, but more importantly he’s the superhero that the world seems to need most right now, mainly because he’s the most real.”

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Source: USA Today


A number of critics also praised the show’s electrifying cinematography, cast, and use of its Harlem setting.

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Vulture had nothing but praise: “It’s a pleasure to enter this world, a pleasure to watch these magnetic actors ping-ponging the dialogue, a pleasure to watch McGuigan’s camera float through Stokes’s nightclub, a pleasure to see Colter posed against skylines like an onyx god.”

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And The Hollywood Reporter summed it up best: “The early episodes are so charmingly brainy and move with such a light step … and the cinematography is so stylish … that you only sometimes realize that the things you expect to get out of a superhero show are largely missing.” And that seems just fine with critics.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter