Starring Mike Colter in the title role, the Luke Cage clip offers a glimpse at the hero’s origins — in prison, he’s subjected to a science experiment that gives him super strength and bulletproof skin — and the massacre, ordered by crime boss Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali), that convinces Cage he must use his powers to defend Harlem.
The rest of the trailer is packed with absurdly delightful action shots as Cage’s war with Stokes rages. Among the highlights are Cage taking a slow-motion punch to the face without flinching, walking headfirst into a hail of gunfire and casually ripping off a car door and using it to bust into an apartment building — where he subsequently bats away more bullets.
The first season of Luke Cage premieres September 30th on Netflix. The show marks the third installment in Marvel and Netflix’s Defenders franchise, following Daredevil and Jessica Jones (in which Cage first appeared). An adaptation of Iron Fist is set to hit the streaming service in 2017, followed by The Defenders, which will feature all four heroes.