"Luke Cage" – third in the Marvel/Netflix series of TV collaborations – hits the airwaves on September 30. As a character, Luke Cage debuted in the Marvel Comic universe some four decades ago, but the highly anticipated series represents the very first time the Black superhero has been brought to life either in TV or the movies.

Luke Cage – the fugitive

His story, according to Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb, is that of both a fugitive and a superhero, larger than just that of a guy who happens to be bullet-proof and have superhuman strength. The intent is to portray him as a multi-dimensional character with a lot of pain in his past and a sensitive side, and not just a musclebound hero type.

Luke's vulnerabilities lie in who is close to his heart -- as the whole "Jessica Jones" fiasco illustrated.

Some of Luke's mysterious past shows up in the form of present day villains like Shades Alvares, played by Theo Rossi. Other villains include Cottonmouth, played with delicious malevolence by Mahershala Ali, and Cottonmouth's cousin Mariah Dillard, the ruthless, morally dubious politician played by Alfre Woodard. On the side of Luke's allies, Simone Missick plays Misty Knight, the cop who is tracking down Luke's secrets, and Rosario Dawson crosses over from Daredevil as the sympathetic night nurse Claire Temple.

Netflix and Marvel just released another featurette that delves a little deeper into the character of "Luke Cage."

'Luke Cage' Season 1

The story picks up after the events of "Jessica Jones" Season 1.

Luke has relocated to Harlem and is trying to put his life back together after his bar (and his apartment) got blown up. He's in his old neighborhood reconnecting with old friends and trying to find a kind of sanctuary -- being a superhero and solving other people's problems is the last thing on his mind.

Nowadays, Luke Cage is working for cash under the table, sweeping up a barbershop and working in the kitchen of a nightclub in the evenings. Series showrunners promise that the show will tackle real life issues and the realities of being a young African-American male in today's society. Luke gets caught up in the power struggle over who controls Harlem -- the crooked politicians or the crooked gangsters, and the show doesn't flinch in depicting the true grittiness of life on the streets.

Music orchestrator Miguel Atwood-Ferguson has chosen a retro 90s hip hop and R&B soundtrack, with each episode named after a Gang Starr song. The move creates a unique atmosphere and vibe to the action packed show. Luke's after hours gig in the nightclub also allows for hot live performances in some episodes.

Early reviews rave about"Luke Cage"as an action-packed show that continues on the path of "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones" in portraying a darker world with material that pushes the envelope, setting up the "Defenders" series that will unite the three story lines along with the soon to be released"Iron Fist." "The Defenders"is set to premiere in 2017.

"Luke Cage" will be available to binge watch on Netflix on September 30.

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