BEVERLY HILLS, California — Mike Colter is ready for Marvel fans to get to know the new Luke Cage.

“It’s important in the landscape of television and globally as far as symbols,” Mike Colter, who plays the titular character, told reporters at Netflix’s Television Critics Association presentation Wednesday.

The new series follows Marvel’s comic book hero-for-hire Luke Cage, a Marvel character known for his strength and gang-busting. It co-stars Mahershala Ali, Alfe Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi and Frank Whaley. It takes place in Harlem in 1972.

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