Learn more about the origins of Luke Cage in the extended trailer for the upcoming Marvel/Netflix series.

Last month, Marvel gave us the first official taste of its upcoming Netflix series for Luke Cage. Viewers were treated to Luke Cage doing Luke Cage things – ripping off a car door and using that to segue into a one-man army that demolished his adversaries down a single hallway. All this while an ODB song played in the background.

You would think that would be enough to get folks hype for next month. But wait – there’s more!

Last month’s trailer from San Diego Comic-Con was merely a “teaser,” it seems, and the “extended” Luke Cage trailer released early this morning. If the July trailer emphasized Luke’s heroics, then the extended one elaborates a little more on his origins and his initial half-hearted approach to using his abilities for the greater good. “I just want to be left the hell alone,” Cage remarks.

When tragedy strikes, however, Cage is forced to be what Harlem needs him to be. A protector, a defender, and the perfect challenger to Cottonmouth’s attempts to put a stranglehold on the city (Cottonmouth also benefits from one of the more clever shots in the trailer, his head conveniently beneath a painting of a crown as he says, “Everybody wants to be the king”).

But there’s also a sort of very proud Blackness about the new Luke Cage trailer – from its colorful cast (bearing appearances from Mike Colter, Rosario Dawson, Frankie Faison, and Alfre Woodard, amongst others); to the soul music in the trailer; to the fact that the “crown” Cottonmouth poses under, is from the infamous picture of Biggie Smalls as the King of New York; to the fact that Cage is reading a Walter Mosley novel while in Pop’s Barber Shop.

If the extended trailer for Luke Cage doesn’t make you feel at least a little more capable, it’ll certainly make you salty that September 30th is still too damn far away.

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