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16 Ingenious References You Probably Missed In "Luke Cage"

Guess you'll have to go back and watch it again!

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5. After he defends Genghis Connie's, Connie offers to hire Luke Cage for protection, but he says, "I'm not for hire."

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This is another reference to a former title for Luke Cage's comic books, Hero for Hire.

6. Trish, Jessica Jones' best friend, makes an appearance in Luke Cage.


Episode six begins with Luke running and a radio program can be heard in the background. That show is Trish Talk, the morning segment by Jessica Jones' BFF.


9. The musicians who play at Harlem's Paradise are famous acts from the world of hip hop, R&B and soul music.


They include Raphael Saadiq, Faith Evans, Charles Bradley, The Delfonics and Jidenna.

11. The actress Alfre Woodard, who plays councilwoman Mariah Dillard, has already appeared in the Marvel Universe.


Before playing Mariah Dillard in Luke Cage, Alfre appeared in Civil War as Miriam Sharpe, a mother who blames Tony Stark for the death of her son in Sokovia.


14. Many of the heavy weapons seen in Luke Cage are made by Hammer Industries.

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Hammer Industries is the company owned by Justin Hammer, Tony Stark's rival and one of the villains from Iron Man 2.

15. When Misty is investigating old newspapers, she finds a reference to Back to the Future.


The article on the right basically narrates plot elements from Back to the Future, just changing the names of the characters. For example, instead of Emmet Brown it says Martin Brown.

16. And there is also a reference to Iron Fist, the next Marvel series coming to Netflix.


In the final episode, we see an advert for martial arts classes taught by Colleen Wing. In the comics, Wing fights alongside Iron Fist and Luke Cage. The actress Jessica Henwick will bring the martial arts expert to life in Iron Fist.