Marvel’s Luke Cage, Documentaries Coming to Netflix

Get ready for a bonus STREAMING SATURDAY!

Luke Cage, the Marvel superhero from Harlem, is coming to Netflix. So are four documentaries that feature a variety of interesting and thought-provoking subjects.

Based on the trailer, it would appear that Netflix’s Luke Cage plays fairly close to Marvel’s original. For those unfamiliar with the original source material, the story centers upon a Luke Cage, a man who undergoes a cell regeneration experiment. The experiment and Cage fall victim to sabotage, which leaves Cage with super strength and virtually-unbreakable skin. Cage attempts to live a low-key life in Harlem, but becomes a superhero by using his gifts against a local crime boss and his minions.

The comic book Luke Cage, also known as Power Man, made his debut in June 1972. The Netflix version is sure to feature no small amount of updating, if we’re to believe what we see in the film’s trailer. Netflix’s version stars Mike Colter in the titular role. He is supported by Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, and Frank Whaley. Marvel also plans to release new seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones. The comic book giant is also working on adaptations of Iron FistPunisher, and The Defenders.

Season one of Luke Cage is slated for 13 episodes and airs September 30.

Netflix Documentaries Coming Your Way

Netflix recently announced four new Netflix Original Documentaries headed toward the streaming service. The first of which is The White Helmets. This offers a behind-the-scenes look at three brave volunteer rescue workers who risk everything to save people affected by combat in Syria and Turkey. Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, this film takes a stark look at the effects of war upon those trapped behind its battle lines. The White Helmets is scheduled for a September 16 launch on Netflix.

The documentary Amanda Knox takes a closer look at Amanda Marie Knox, the American woman who spent nearly four years in an Italian prison for the 2007 murder of her roommate. It is directed by Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn. Perhaps this documentary will garner as much controversy as Netflix’s wildly popular Making a Murderer original documentary series. It’s slated for a September 30 release on Netflix.

If volcanos are your thing, you might enjoy Into the Inferno. The documentary will feature Werner Herzog and volcano expert Clive Oppenheimer as they explore volcanoes in Indonesia, Ethiopia, Iceland and North Korea. Given Herzog’s involvement, Into the Inferno is expected to feature breathtaking cinematography along with a compelling story line. This show has a Netflix launch date of October 28.

Ivory trafficking continues to threaten Africa’s elephant population, as explored in the documentary The Ivory Game. Director Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson up the suspense ante by infiltrating a global network of ivory poachers for 16 months. This is a must-see for those interested in animal rights and environmental issues. The Ivory Game comes to Netflix on November 4.

While Netflix is heating up for some amazing programming in September and beyond, here’s what the popular streaming service has made available this month:

August 1st
The American Side (2016)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
APEX: The Story of the Hypercar (2016)
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011)
Big Daddy (1999)
Black Widow (1987)
Critical Condition (1987)
Deadfall (2012)
Destination: Team USA (2016)
Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
The Family Man (2000)
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Final Destination 3 (2006)
From the Terrace (1960)
Holding the Man (2015) NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
How to Win The US Presidency (2016)
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
ISIS: Women Unveiled (2016)
Masha and the Bear: Season 2 NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
Memoria (2015)
The Naked Prey (1966)
NCIS: Season 13
Pay It Forward (2000)
The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Roseanne Collection: Collection 3
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Teacher’s Pet (1958)
The Verdict (1982)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
What Women Want (2000)
Young@Heart (2007)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

August 3rd
Beat Bugs: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

August 5th
David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ever After High: Epic Winter NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Little Prince (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Evening (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Night (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Evening (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Night (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Passage (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Railway (2016)
Slow TV: Salmon Fishing (2016)
Slow TV: The Telemark Canal (2016)
Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo (2016)

August 6th
The Confirmation (2016)

August 9th
Real Husbands of Hollywood: Season 4
TRex (2015)

August 10th
St. Vincent (2014)

August 11th
Flight of the Butterflies (2012)
No Country for Old Men (2007)

August 12th
Ask the StoryBots: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Project Mc2: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

August 13th
13 Cameras (2016)

August 15th
Louis CK: Live at the Comedy Store (2015)

August 16th
Let’s Go to Prison (2006)
Our Last Tango (2015)

August 17th
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016)
The Last Heist (2016)
Puffin Rock: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

August 19th
Bottersnikes and Gumbles: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fearless: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead NETFLIX ORIGINAL

August 21st
Maz Jobrani: I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV (2015)

August 22nd
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year

August 23rd
Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

August 25th
The Road (2009)

August 26th
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Dawn of the Croods: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Glitter Force: Season 2 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking… NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Once Upon a Time: Season 5

August 27th
Rams (2015)

August 29th
The State of Marriage (2015)

August 31st
Ku’damm 56: Season 1

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Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.