Luke Cage

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Luke Cage in Luke Cage v1 #1.

Luke Cage is a male comic superhero that features in Marvel Comics.




Carl Lucas in Hero for Hire v1 #1.

Carl Lucas

He often worked on behalf of a deformed crimelord by the name of Sonny Caputo who was known in the underworld as the Hammer. During this time, Lucas went in and out of juvenile homes throughout his teenage years where he dreamed of becoming a major New York racketeer but came to see that his actions were harming his family. This resulted in him looking to better himself as an adult and finding legitimate employment. (Cage v2 #3)

Hero for Hire

When the Thing lost his superpowers, Luke Cage was hired by Mr. Fantastic to replace Ben Grimm's spot on the Fantastic Four. (Fantastic Four v1 #168)

Power Man and Iron Fist


New Avenger

After the incident, he was at the hospital with Jessica when he was approached by Captain America who offered him membership in the New Avengers. He agreed but wanted his voice to be heard in the team and that he wanted to apply them in different ways with Rogers agreeing. (New Avengers v1 #3)

On the night before the Superhuman Registration Act, Iron Man and Carol Danvers visited his home to encourage Cage along with Jessica to sign the law otherwise it meant being unregistered was illegal with his being grounds for an arrest. Luke opposed registration and decided that he would not sign the act leading to his two former allies departing. Jessica and their daughter Danielle were sent away to Toronto whilst Cage stayed behind as he decided to defend his home. The next day, the home was attacked by a S.H.I.E.L.D. Capekiller agent squad that had come to arrest Luke Cage with him fighting back. He was swarmed by agents when the neighbourhood decided to support him and began to attack the armed Capekillers. The tide was only turned when Captain America and his Anti-Registration forces arrived on the scene to fight off the S.H.I.E.L.D. squad. Afterwards, Cage joined the Anti-Registration forces where he told Maria Hill to prepare for the revolution as he went on the run with his allies. (New Avengers v1 #22)

He later decided to make a deal with Director Norman Osborn to help interrogate Skrull prisoners to find the whereabouts of his kidnapped child. Osborn agreed to help where he tortured and killed captured aliens who died at the hands of his Thunderbolt operatives until they revealed a location. This saw Cage arrive at the site where the Jarvis impersonator arrived who begged to be allowed to leave Earth alongside his compatriots in exchange for the child. Luke agreed and baby Danielle was handed back but the Jarvis Skrull was killed by Bullseye. It was then that Luke met with Osborn as part of their deal but Cage attacked the Thunderbolts allowing for Jessica Jones along with their baby to escape whilst he stated that he owed Norman which was why he did not attack the Director. He then escaped and rendezvoused with the other New Avengers as they went into hiding to escape Norman Osborn who headed the new peacekeeping organization that targeted unregistered superheroes. (New Avengers v1 #49)

Barton later decided that the team needed some structure and leadership with the position being offered to Cage who refused where he suggested that Clint had the experience to lead the New Avengers. As a result, a vote was called and Clint was chosen to be team leader whilst Carol stayed as his second-in-command. (New Avengers v1 #51)

The team later came under attack from the Hood's gang after he was missing and leadership fell to Jonas Harrow who activated a Power Drainer device that removed the abilities of the New Avengers. (New Avengers v1 #56) Cage's body went into cardiac arrest leaving him in incredible pain and his life in danger when the heroes managed to escape. They took him to the hospital where the Night Nurse operated but she was unable to operate on him due to his invulnerable skin and the only hope for him was to use the Power Drainer to make him powerless so that they could medically intervene. To save his life, Luke surrendered to the Iron Patriot forces in the hope that Osborn would help him medically so that his life could be saved. (New Avengers v1 #57) He left the building and willingly surrendered to the H.A.M.M.E.R. forces that had come to arrest him allowing for the other New Avengers to escape. Jonas Harrow then performed the surgery that helped save Cage's life. (New Avengers v1 #58) He was transferred to the H.A.M.M.E.R. Helicarrier where he was placed under arrest but was offered the chance for his wife and daughter to remain free if he gave up the New Avengers. Meanwhile, the New Avengers launched their operation in freeing Cage where he was taken from the Helicarrier and brought back to their secret hideout. (New Avengers v1 #59)

In the aftermath, Steve Rogers looked to create a new incarnation of the Avengers to help protect the world. Cage, however, hesitant at the idea as he noted the events that occurred that led to the Civil War. Steve then decided to allow Luke to head his own Avengers team that could operate from Avengers Mansion with him being free to choose his own members. (New Avengers v2 #1) They experienced a disturbance when the Eye of Agamotto appeared leading to Luke being possessed by a force looking to claim the mystical relic that had similarly taken control of Doctor Strange and Daimon Hellstrom. (New Avengers v2 #2) This was until Iron Fist took the Eye whereupon Danny Rand vanished leaving the Avengers having to face demonic entities from a dimensional tear in the sky. (New Avengers v2 #3)

Following the recent crises, Cage was convinced by Jessica Jones that the life of a superhero was dangerous for their daughter. Thus, he decided to quit the team and sell the mansion but promised that he would aid the other heroes when called but that he had priorities to his family. (New Avengers v2 #31)


Personality and attributes

One of the Defenders in Amazing Spider-Man v4 #18.

Originally, he was known as Carl Lucas but after his time in prison and his escape where he gained abilities he changed his name to Luke Cage. (Hero for Hire v1 #1) For a brief, he assumed the identity of the Black Avenger when displaced into the past and working alongside the Invaders where he assumed the persona of that eras superhero. (Avengers/Invaders v1 #9)

Whilst seemingly not liking Spider-Man, Jessica Jones said that he actually saw the Wall-Crawler as a hero and had a man crush on him. (New Avengers v1 #55)

Powers and abilities


  • Luke Cage was created by Archie Goodwin, John Romita, Sr. and George Tuska where he made his first appearance in Luke Cage, Hero For Hire v1 #1 (June, 1972).

Alternate Versions

  • In Dark Avengers v1 #179 (2012), an alternate future timeline was shown that was designated as Earth-32134. On this world, a global cataclysm erupted in the nation of Sharzhad leading to most countries instituting martial law to handle the chaos. An alien form of energy was released that irradiated the world causing the mutation rate on the planet to increase bringing about the rise in the number of mutants and paranormals. In time, a form of sterility impacted the human race leading to only the mutations being able to reproduce and forcing mankind to rely on cloning. The remnants of mankind formed large metro areas that were separated by a new form of force wall technology that covered several states at once leading to the formation of Mondo Cities. In these enclaves, Captain America recruited the many super-beings to form an army of Avengers who donated their genetic material so that the cities could arm their elite enforcement. A boss system was established whereby area enforcers were granted complete authority over criminal handling. On this world, Luke Cage had a grandson was cloned to become an enforcer known as Boss Cage. He was provided a gun that responded to his commands allowing it to travel to him and rode a motor cycle with a nuclear core as he dispatched criminals.

In other media


  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Luke Cage appeared in several episodes of the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Christopher B. Duncan.
  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Luke Cage made a number of appearances in the shared continuity setting.
    • In Jessica Jones, Luke Cage made his first appearance as a guest character in the Netflix live-action television series where he was portrayed by actor Mike Colter.
    • In Luke Cage, Luke Cage appeared in the Netflix live-action television series where he was portrayed again by actor Mike Colter.
    • In Defenders, Luke Cage appeared in the Netflix live-action television series where he was once more portrayed by actor Mike Colter.

Video games

  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Luke Cage appeared as a playable character the video game where he was voiced by actor Greg Eagles.
  • In Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Luke Cage appeared as a non-playable character in the video game where he was voiced by actor Robert Wisdom.
  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Luke Cage was a playable character in the video game where he was voiced by actor Khary Payton.
  • In Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Luke Cage appeared as a playable character in the Facebook video game with his own Dossier profile entry.
  • In Marvel: War of Heroes, Luke Cage appeared as multiple playable cards in the video game.
  • In Marvel Heroes, Luke Cage was a playable character in the MMORPG where he was voiced by actor James C. Mathis III.
  • In Marvel Contest of Champions, Luke Cage was a playable character in the iOS video game.


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