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What Luke Cage Takes From Blaxploitation

Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage bears no shortage of resemblances, good and bad, to the classic Blaxploitation genre to which it so lovingly pays homage. It’s stylish, swaggering, and full of great music and charismatic performances; it’s also intermittently nonsensical, politically murky, and frustratingly inconsistent. The show resides in the same fictional New York that was destroyed at the end of the first Avengers movie and that’s since hosted the Marvel-Netflix collaborations Daredevil and Jessica Jones, the latter of which first introduced us to Luke Cage’s titular hero.
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