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In the 90's, Quentin Tarantino wanted to make Luke Cage: Hero for Hire into a film, with Laurence Fishburne in the title role, but opted to make Pulp Fiction instead.
In episode 2 the woman singing in Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes' club is Faith Evans, the widow of Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace who Cornell has a photo of prominently displayed on the wall of his office.
For the finale of season one, writer and executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker had hoped to have Prince perform at Harlem's Paradise nightclub, but his untimely death quickly dashed those hopes.
Luke Cage was never a policeman or military serviceman in the comic book versions. In the Netflix series it is mentioned that he was a former cop and that he served in Marine Force Recon, which is presumably creations only for this live-action version of his character.
This is the first Marvel feature to use the n word, for which Cheo Hodari Coker had complete trust from Marvel regarding the use of the word in the show. The word is used casually in the series, while some characters, including Cage, prefer not to use it. Coker said the intent was never to use it "in a way where it's flippant. I used it from the standpoint of, if we were going to eavesdrop on a conversation with African-American people with nobody else around, when would this word be used and how would it get used."
Luke Cage was originally introduced in 1972 and was originally intended as a stereotype representing the rise of black blaxploitation at the time with the releases of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) and Shaft (1971).
Pop calls Luke Cage by his alias, Power Man.
All of the season one episode titles are also the titles of songs written and performed by the Brooklyn-based hip hop duo Gang Starr.
In episode 3 about 40 minutes in, Misty tells Scarfe "damn it, you just broke my concentration". Frank Whaley who plays Scarfe also played Brett in Pulp Fiction, who was asked by Samuel L Jackson "I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?".
Turk Barret (Rob Morgan), a recurring character in seasons 1 & 2 of Daredevil, appears in episode 2, Code of the Streets, of Luke Cage. Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), a main character in season 1of Jessica Jones, has a voice only cameo during episode 6, Suckas Need Bodyguards, of Luke Cage. Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), a recurring character in seasons 1 & 2 of Daredevil and also who appeared in 1 episode of Jessica Jones, is also a recurring character in Luke Cage.
The producers chose a hoodie for Luke Cage to show "A black man in a hoodie isn't necessarily a threat. He might just be a hero." The decision was partly inspired by the Trayvon Martin case where a black teenager in a hoodie was killed by George Zimmerman (Feb. 2012).
Writer Cheo Hodari Coker described the show as "a powerful fusion of dark drama, hip-hop, and classic superhero action."
For the basketball sequence the crew thought that a double would be needed for Misty (Simone Missick) until it came time to actually shoot the scenes. What they didn't know was that Simone was a capable player and easily accomplished the shots that were required for the game of H-O-R-S-E with the local basketball youths.
Throughout the series, there are many references made to Justin Hammer as the manufacturer of guns and weapons. Justin Hammer, in Marvel Comics, is the main weapons competitor of Tony Stark (Iron Man) and was portrayed in the movie Iron Man 2 by actor Sam Rockwell.
Mahershala Ali creates mixtapes for each of the characters he portrays. Ali stated that his mixtape for Cottonmouth took into account his Harlem heritage, and included songs from Big L, Diamond D, Brand Nubian, D'Angelo, Mobb Deep, Kanye West, and Erykah Badu.
Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard) also appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America Civil War as Miriam, the mother who approaches Tony by the elevator and blames him for her son's death in Sokovia.
The show's working title is "Tiara". In the comics, Luke Cage wore a tiara as part of his costume.
The character's "steel hard" skin has been retconned as "titanium hard" skin.
Soul and funk singer Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, but went into remission after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy. She was quick to resume touring, but the cancer returned in 2015. Her appearance in Luke Cage: You Know My Steez (2016) would be her swan song during which time she was already dying of pancreatic cancer.
At one point in the series, a dumpster can be seen with the brand name "Timely" on the side. This is a reference to Timely Comics, which was the original name of Marvel Comics.
Stunt coordinator James Lew coined the term "smack-fu" to described the non-lethal backhanded blows delivered by Luke during his fight scenes.
Luke Cage in the Marvel comic books is listed at a height of 6 feet and 6 inches (6'6"). In the Netflix series his driver's license says he is 6 foot 3. Actor Mike Colter who portrays Cage in the series is also 6 '3".
Due to Netflix's expanded global reach at the time of its release, this series was the first of its kind to be streamed into 190 countries worldwide.
The Music Hall in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) was used for the exteriors only of "Harlem's Paradise" nightclub.
Luke Cage made his first appearance in Jessica Jones (2015).
Stan Lee makes an appearance but not in person. He appears on a poster on the side of a party store in episode 12, encouraging the public to report crime.
Lance Gross and Cleo Anthony had screen tested for Luke Cage before Mike Colter was cast.
Just like how Ghostface Killah (aka Tony Starks) had a cameo in Iron Man (2008), Method Man's cameo in Luke Cage is relevant to his comic book inspired alias as "John Blaze," albeit in a more roundabout way.

John Blaze was played by Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider (2007) and in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011). Nicolas Cage was originally named Nicolas Coppola and has admitted that his stage name "Cage" was inspired by none other than comic book character Luke Cage.
This is Marhershala Ali's second Netflix series. His first was House of Cards (2013).
The teaser trailer was shown at the end of the second season of Daredevil (2015).
One of the first interracial kisses in mainstream comics was between the characters of Misty Night and Iron Fist (2017).
Frank Whaley previously appeared in Gotham (2014) making him an actor who appears in both a DC based series and a Marvel based one.
Diamondbacks and cottonmouths are both types of snakes
Dulé Hill was rumored for the role of Luke Cage, he denied knowledge of the role.
Mike Colter and Mahershala Ali both played perpetrators in the series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", albeit in different episodes.
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Chance Kelly, who plays Seagate Prison guard Albert Rackham, also starred in Netflix original series "House of Cards" in it's first season along with Mahershala Ali who plays Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes.
During the last few episodes of the series, there are three references made between Misty Knight and her boss Inspector Ridley about the real life African-American intercollegiate sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Ridley informs Knight that Mariah Dillard was her "Soror." Knight believed their sorority was Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), but Ridley corrects her in final episode that she is indeed a Delta. These references are acknowledged by mention of the sororities trademark call-out sounds of "Skee-Wee" (AKAs) by Knight and "Oo-Oop" (Deltas) by Ridley in these episodes.
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Each episode title of the first season of the Netflix series Luke Cage was named after a song by the classic East Coast hip-hop duo Gang Starr. Gang Starr was very influential in the East coast rap scene from 1986 - 2003.
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In 2003, John Singleton was attached to direct a Luke Cage film for Columbia. Jamie Foxx, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Isaiah Mustafa, and Idris Elba were all considered for the title role.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Includes SPOILERS for The Defenders (2017). After being shot in the arm, Misty Knight says that at least she didn't lose it. In the comics, Misty loses her arm and gets a robotic prosthesis built by Tony Stark. Actress Simone Missick will go on to reprise her role as Misty Knight in The Defenders (2017) where she does get her arm cut off in the season one finale.
In episode 4 "Step in the Area" when Luke Cage emerges from the tank that gave him his superpowers, the metal brackets on his arms and metal headband around his head serve as a homage to Luke Cage's original 1972 Suit as it appears in the comics.
In the Netflix series, Luke Cage and Diamondback, aka Willis Stryker, are paternal half-brothers. In the comic books, they are not related, but are childhood best friends, future crime partners, and later archenemies.
Method Man makes a cameo appearance as himself. This is the second time a member of the Hip-Hop super group Wu-Tang Clan as appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first was Ghostface Killah, who had a brief cameo in a deleted scene in Iron Man (2008).
In episode 4, Luke Cage grabs a yellow shirt and jeans from a clothesline at night. After getting dressed (with the metal bracelet s and metal tiara from the tank he was in), He looks at his reflection on the car window and mutters " You look like a damn fool!". This paid homage to the original outfit Luke Cage as Power Man.
In episode 2, Django Unchained and Quentin Tarantino are mentioned. Tarantino was in talks of making a Luke Cage movie in the 90's, but decided that if he ever makes a comic book movie, it will be about an original character.
In episode 4 Step in the Arena. The yellow USB disk that Reva was holding in the motel is the same one that Kilgrave was after in season 1 of Netflix MCU series Jessica Jones. Kilgrave enthralled Jessica to kill Reva in order to retrieve this USB which also contained the footage of the experiments done on him by his parents.
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Luke Cage is the first marvel Netflix series to have two major villains. Daredevil season one had just Kingpin and Jessica Jones had just Kilgrave. Luke Cage has Diamondback and Cottonmouth
Throughout each of the NETFLIX Marvel series, the events of the first "Avengers" film are simply referred to as "The Incident." When Diamondback explains how his new weapons are able to damage Luke, he said they were the product of "The incident." (Indicating that the weapon was forged from the remains of the Chitauri weaponry that were left behind) In the film "Spider-Man:Homecoming", it's revealed that Adrian Toomes (aka Vulture) was the mastermind behind a scavenger operation that collected and repurposed the Alien weapons before selling them on the Black Market. Though it's not illuded to in either the series or the film, but it is possible that Diamondback purchased the weapons that he used on Luke from Toomes.
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In the season finale, Claire is seen picking up an add for a martial arts class taught by Colleen Wing. This foreshadows Claire's involvement with Iron Fist (2017) where she becomes a student of Colleen Wing's dojo.
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