Luke Cage – Modern Super Hero
Luke Cage, also known as Power Man (real name Carl Lucas), is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Luke Cage first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 (June 1972) and was created by Archie Goodwin, John Romita, Sr. and George Tuska. Created during the height of the Blaxploitation genre, Luke Cage is an ex-convict, who was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and gains the powers of superhuman strength and unbreakable skin after he was subjected to an involuntary experiment.
Once freed, Cage becomes a Hero for Hire and teams up with fellow superhero Iron Fist as part of the duo,Power Man and Iron Fist. He later marries the superpowered private investigator Jessica Jones, with whom he has a daughter. In 2005, writer Brian Michael Bendis added Luke Cage to the lineup of the New Avengers, and he has since appeared in various Avengers titles, and became the leader of a group of reformed super villains called theThunderbolts.
Actor Mike Colter played the character in the first season of Jessica Jones, a live-action television series set in theMarvel Cinematic Universe, and headlined his own series, which premiered in September 2016 on Netflix. Colter is set to reprise his role in The Defenders.