Now, the world has had some time with Luke Cage and its characters, the show has done the impossible: it broke the streaming service. Yes, yes, yes! A series about a bulletproof black man stopping evil forces in Harlem, New York was so impactful, so impressive that it forced Netflix to have service problems on Saturday — a day after Luke Cage premiered on the streaming site. While binge-watchers were rightfully pissed about not being able to indulge in the 13-episode arc — thankfully, we here at Okayplayer were already through most of the inaugural season.
Despite the issue, Luke Cage showed off its power, man, in a way that bumps the show up to the #1 slot when it comes to the Marvel x Netflix connection. The Cheo Hodari Coker developed-and-created series is one the most interconnected, deeply tied, closely followed events in Marvel’s storied history. Needless to say, we were hooked, cooked and shook by the happenings in this wonderfully crafted show. Since we’re finished (and we’re assuming you are too!) with Luke Cage, we went back and combed through all 13-episodes looking for easter eggs, comic references and all-around cool stuff.
If you’re looking to go down the rabbit hole a bit and dig deeper into the history of Luke Cage, Cottonmouth and Black Mariah — you’re in luck. Here is our comprehensive examination of the connections and easter eggs littered throughout Luke Cage. Sweet Christmas, we hope you enjoy this!
Episode 1: Moment Of Truth
Upon being introduced to our bulletproof black man, Luke Cage is jokingly called “Power Man” by Pops the barbershop owner. This, of course, is in reference to the codename Luke went by in the 1970s when he was created by John Romita Sr., Archie Goodwin and George Tuska. Power Man was also the title of his comic after it was changed. There is also another joke where Luke takes a jab at his first comic book series title, as well as his team up with Iron Fist, when he says that he “isn’t for hire,” a well-known play for his tandem team, “Heroes for Hire”.
Later on in the episode, you might’ve notice a bootlegger selling DVDs of “the incident,” which featured “Tony Stark, the blonde dude [with the hammer],” the old man with the shield, the big green monster,” and he wasn’t talking about Fenway. This guy on the street attempts to sell raw footage from the Avengers moment when the alien Chitauri attack New York. Why no mention of Hawkeye and Black Widow, though, street hustler? Is it because they’re just everyday, average human beings? That’s no bueno.
Elsewhere, Justin Hammer resurfaces in the episode when his weapons makes an appearance after the deal between Domingo and Cottonmouth goes south. For those who are joining this Marvel thing kind of late, Hammer, who was played by Sam Rockwell in Iron Man 2 and someone who should return for another movie, has been in prison but has not stopped selling his wares through the black market.