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Newest Luke Cage Trailer Brings Mahershala Ali’s Cottonmouth to the Fore

Plus a super cool cameo by Method Man.

We’re mere days away from Luke Cage premiering on Netflix, and believe me, we’re all really feeling the hype and excitement around here at the TMS office. To keep us and our excitement curbed just a little bit, Netflix has released a fantastic new trailer for the show. This one focuses mainly on the premise and the conflict at the heart of this first season between Mike Colter’s Luke Cage and Mahershala Ali’s Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth. Also featured heavily here are the female characters at the heart of the show: Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Stokes, and of course, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple.

The trailer does well to set up the various plot points, showing both the war between Cage and Stokes and the inner conflicts that Cage has to deal with, not the least of which is his desire to not want to “be different than anybody else.”Ali makes an excellently scary villain as well, after having played mostly heroes and “good” characters. His intensity, as displayed in another Netflix show, House of Cards, comes to the fore here again in perhaps a different way, but is frightening nonetheless.

Most excitingly, this trailer features only black characters in the show, aside from extras and background characters. The focus on black people and people of color here hopefully speaks to how Luke Cage might help to change the overwhelmingly monochromatic nature of Marvel’s television shows.

I don’t know about you, but this trailer alone has got me buying into some serious hype around the show, and I cannot be more excited for it. Make sure you watch all the way to the end for an especially cute fanboy moment between Cage and Method Man, who guest stars as himself in a special cameo.

(via Deadline)

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