Easter Eggs You Probably Missed on Marvel's Luke Cage
Who's ready for some Luke Cage easter eggs?? Netflix's newest Marvel show has been out for a few days now, so if you're a normal person with good taste, you've probably seen a couple of episodes. If you're a fanboy (or girl), you've probably watched the whole series two and a half times and dissected each episode like a frog in Biology class. Either way, there's still a few references you may have missed.
That's right - character shout-outs, costume call-backs, and comic events made live - we've got them all here! You hear what she said about Jessica Jones? You catch Stan the Man in his tiniest appearance yet? You know why Dapper Dan is so damn dapper??
Whether you do or you don't, read our easter hunt and vote up your favorite eggs. Then watch Luke Cage a third time with the knowledge and enjoyment that only fanatical, obsessive-compulsive info-stalking can provide! Time to familiarize yourself with the easter eggs in Marvel's Luke Cage!
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The Hip-Hop Tailor of HarlemPhoto: Metaweb / CC-BY
While preparing for Pop's funeral, Bobby Fish tells Luke he needs some nicer duds and pays a certain tailor to spiff him up. This tailor is none other than Harlem's Dapper Dan, the most stylish urban clothier of the '80s and '90s, who outfitted everyone from Big Daddy Kane to Run DMC. While picking up his infamous "Don't Believe the Hype" jacket from Dan, Mike Tyson knocked out opponent Mitch Green in front of his store. Now this is one cat worthy of a Luke Cage cameo.
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Exploiting BlaxploitationPhoto: Netflix
After Luke literally BREAKS out of prison and swims to shore, he steals some duds from a clothesline to replace his prison jumpsuit. The top he takes is an extremely low-cut, gold-colored collared shirt (or possibly a blouse). Coupled with the silver armbands and headband ripped from the tank that gave him his powers, Luke looks exactly like the comic book version of himself from his early Blaxploitation days. His reaction to seeing his reflection in a car window? "You look like a damn fool."
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If You See Stan Lee, Say Something!Photo: Netflix
During the penultimate episode of Luke Cage, Luke sees a couple of thugs don ski masks and enter a convenience store intending to rob it. Ironically, there's a poster on the outside of the shop that says, "See a crime? Report it!" On that poster is a picture of a police officer's face. Who is that handsome officer? None other than the MAN himself, Stan Lee! Excelsior!
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Play Misty for MePhoto: Marvel Comics
Comic fans will recognize Misty Knight, a police officer and central protagonist on Netflix's Luke Cage, as the comic book hero and longtime girlfriend of Danny "Iron Fist" Rand. Which makes her one-night stand with Luke all the more awkward. More to the point, Misty gets shot in the arm by Diamondback during the show, and Claire Temple warns her that the arm might have to be amputated. This may foreshadow the creation of a bionic arm, which her comic book counterpart has had for some time now.
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Defending the DefendersPhoto: Marvel Comics
Coming to Netflix eventually is Marvel's Defenders, the street-level team-up of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. The members of this super-group are chatted about throughout this season of Luke Cage. Pop tells Luke he should help people, like those fellas downtown. He's talking about Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
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Did You Catch That Catchphrase??Photo: Marvel Comics
Several times, in various episodes of the show, Luke Cage says, "Sweet Christmas!" He says it when he punches the wall in Seagate Prison and sees that he's now super strong. He says it when he climbs out of the garbage truck after being shot with Judas bullets twice by Diamondback. "Sweet Christmas" is actually Luke's catchphrase from the comics, hearkening back to his Blaxploitation days. It's a cute callback, but I gotta agree with Diamondback when he says, "Don't start with that 'Sweet Christmas' sh*t!" during a flashback to their adolescent years.