Marvel's Cinematic Universe is about to have its own Hero for Hire when the first season of Luke Cage drops on Netflix on Friday, Sept. 30. While most people were first introduced to him in the Netflix original series Jessica Jones, he has a rich history within the world of Marvel, dating back to his debut in 1972 (which you can thank the blaxploitation era for). Luke wasn't the first black superhero, but the indestructible superhero known as Power Man was the first black superhero to get his own comic book series. He's come a long way since then, and with Luke Cage, we're getting an updated look at this complicated man who's just looking to do the right thing.
If you're down to go into Luke Cage without knowing his comic book history, that's perfectly fine—you don't HAVE to be up on the comics to enjoy the show. For those who want to be ahead of the curve, your best bet is to check out the journey Luke Cage has made; maybe you'll pick up on some storyline bits that could impact Luke's future in the MCU. Let's look back at the history of the Power Man.