Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
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changes the MCU made to Luke Cage from the comics

I've put together a guide to how Netflix's Luke Cage differs from Marvel Comics's Luke Cage over on Tor.com. Check it out!

An excerpt:
Shades

In both comics and TV, Shades and Commanche are a couple of ex-cons who were with Carl Lucas at Seagate. In the comics, the pair later got out and became super-villains, Shades with a visor that fired a beam of force, Commanche a low-rent Hawkeye with a bow and arrow. The two are also, basically, morons. They are among the most inept of foes, not much more than cannon fodder for more talented bad guys. Shades later went straight and became a community organizer, and was killed by Bullseye, though his son became the new Power Man.

Pretty much the only thing the MCU Shades has in common with the comics’ version is being a fellow Seagate inmate of Lucas’s. Not that this is a bad thing. Shades was a pretty nowhere character in the comics, but Theo Rossi’s version on Netflix is the series’ breakout character. He’s Harlem’s Wormtongue, playing kingmaker by trying to align himself with a winner, whether it’s Diamondback, Cottonmouth, or Mariah.
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