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6 Ways Luke Cage Could Fit in the MCU

Other than the Netflix-Marvel shows, Luke Cage and the others will inevitably connect to the overall branch that is known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The major events of the movie affects the shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or Luke Cage, even if in only minor ways. Luke Cage is a part of what are known as the street-level heroes—the ones that don’t fight the intergalactic enemy or evil organisation bent on world domination. These heroes are concerned about their city, their home and the things that affect the people in that city. But here are some ways that Luke Cage could fit into the MCU:

6. Spider-Man

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One of the most famous street-level heroes is Spider-Man, who debuted in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War on Team Iron Man. Spider-Man usually works in Queens and Manhattan, but it doesn’t mean that Luke Cage is going to just stay in Harlem or Spider-Man is his area. With Spider-Man’s involvement with Iron Man and the Avengers, I’m sure there would be JJ Jameson running his mouth and his news conglomerate about the “Wall-Crawling Menace” and since Daily Bugle is a city-paper, it would be available in the entire city. I’m sure eventually they will be aware of each other.

5. Doctor Strange

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Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, will be introduced to the MCU in November and he canonically lives in Greenwich Village. There’s some weird mystic kind of nonsense in Daredevil (we don’t know the purpose of Stick or what kind of group he works for and why he trained Matt) that might spill over to Luke Cage because of Jessica Jones. Dr. Strange tends to be very metaphysical and such but he’s willing to aid fellow heroes, at least in the comics. Luke Cage may be dealing with above-average criminals and their leader Cottonmouth, but there’s no telling where the story will take us.

4. It’s New York

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I mentioned this in another article, the city is not that big when crawling with heroes and villains alike. Marvel’s famous for having New York City home to all of their heroes, save the X-Men (who live upstate New York) and a few other heroes (unlike DC Comics, whose worlds have a ton of fictional cities for their heroes). While NYC is a big city, the world can be a small place especially with modern technology.

3. S.H.I.E.L.D. Rebuilding

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S.H.I.E.L.D. is still licking its wounds from the Captain America movies, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show. It’s always constantly reorganizing itself and such. The government agency will no doubt be looking for super-powered recruits after the whole ordeal with Civil War. I’m sure that world leaders are panicking at the thought of Captain America, Hawkeye, Falcon, and others going rogue against the Sokovia Accords—no doubt they are preparing for worst case scenarios. And a bulletproof strong man with a sense of duty might be a perfect recruit.

2. Avengers Reorganizing

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The so-called legitimate Avengers might hear about some street-level heroes, after all Iron Man was able to track Spider-Man (who’s at the beginning of his career at this point). The Avengers could take note of Alias Investigations or two well-meaning lawyers (where one moonlights as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen and kicking the snot out of criminals) or the man whose skin can tear who fights against men like Cottonmouth and other crime bosses. Luke Cage does become a member of the Avengers in the comics. Maybe one day, maybe one day because of a threat possibly bigger than Thanos comes along and the Avengers might need backup.

1. Luke Cage’s Powers

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Since there are no mutants in the MCU because Fox owns the right to make movies and such for those Marvel properties and the Inhumans explain only long-suppressed genetics to replace the development of powers in average people, most heroes with powers in the MCU are mythological, magical, or created with scientific experimentation. Giving people powers was what the Super Solider Program was all about in Captain America: The First Avenger. It’s how Bruce Banner became a big green wrecking machine. Also, it is how in the MCU version of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver got their abilities. And it is how Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Daredevil got any of their abilities. The fact that Luke Cage has powers might draw some unwanted interest from Hydra, AIM, S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers or any other kind of secretive group.

Luke Cage should be all about Luke Cage but there will be so many possibilities for crossovers and team-ups that one day it might happen. These are the best ways I think that Luke Cage will fit into the MCU. I might have missed something completely or you might have a better idea. Let us know.Sound off in the comments or send us your thoughts on Twitter!

About the author

Dara Berkey

Superhero nerd. History nerd. Favorite personal hero--Shazam/The Original Captain Marvel. Favorite female hero--Any of the Batgirls. Favorite male hero, other than Shazam--Any of the Robins.