- This article is about the TV series. For the character who legally changed his name to Luke Cage, see Carl Lucas. For other uses, see Luke Cage.
Marvel's Luke Cage, or simply Luke Cage, is an American web television series and the third of four series originally leading up to the crossover miniseries The Defenders. It was greenlit by Netflix, and produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios. Although it continues the life of Luke Cage, who was a co-star on the previous series Jessica Jones, it is considered to be independent and neither a sequel or spin-off, although in many ways it could fit the latter category.
- Mike Colter as Luke Cage: A wanted man with super strength and unbreakable skin who flees to Harlem, but his identity becomes comprised by the personal attachments he has gained at Pop's Barber Shop, getting him in conflict with the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the criminal underworld of Harlem, especially when his abilities are discovered.
- Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth Stokes: The owner of Harlem's Paradise who deals in illegal operations. He is also the cousin of Mariah Dillard.
- Simone Missick as Misty Knight: A Harlem NYPD detective with a strong sense of justice, who is determined to learn about Cage. She is able to replay events exactly as they happened in her mind.
- Theo Rossi as Shades Alvarez: A smooth-talking and manipulative street smart criminal working for Diamondback.
- Erik LaRay Harvey as Willis Stryker (Diamondback): A powerful arms dealer who is Cage's half-brother.
- Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple: A former nurse who comes to Harlem for a fresh start, but inevitably comes into contact with Cage again. She assists him, which develops into the beginning of a romantic relationship.
- Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard: A local councilwoman who wants to rebuild Harlem, but needs Cottonmouth's illegal money to do it, despite trying to get out of her family's dodgy past.
- Gabrielle Dennis as Tilda Johnson: A holistic doctor and Mariah's daughter.
- Mustafa Shakir as John McIver (Bushmaster):
- Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing:
It first streamed on November 20, 2015. There have been a total of 26 episodes and two seasons; each season had thirteen episodes. Due to creative differences between Netflix and the series creative team, Netflix canceled Luke Cage on October 19, 2018.