You cannot imagine the amount of binge watching that will happen this weekend…
My continuing series on Fridays where I share excerpts of writing that I’ve done in the past through writing prompts, random stream of consciousness, parts of larger works, or as part of my 100-200 daily word exercises.
The point being to attempt to examine what I’ve done for clarity sake and whether or not I can make sense of it…not only to those who read it but to myself as well. Or I highlight something else that I’m interested in that week and want to speak at length about. Vomiting out words if you will.
The amount of excitement that I’m feeling right now is almost palpable. Fresh off the high of submitting to my first ever writing contest, I now have something else that I’m looking forward to immensely.
Beloved in the eighties and nineties due to the extreme lack of racial diversity, he came back into the spotlight in the 2000’s directly interacting with the Avengers. Even at one point leading them and leading them well. He has had a long running comic book series on his own, he’s been in large A list ensemble comic books, and with the upcoming Iron Fist, who will premiere in his own series next year. The simple fact that the Cinematic Marvel Universe will be premiering a thirteen episode series on what was originally a c level blaxploitation super hero caricature on Netflix doesn’t cease to amaze me; and even more incredible is Luke Cage’s rise to prominence in the public comic book consciousness. For at least the last twenty years or so, he has been far from a joke. Now we get to see that come to life on our television screens.
I don’t want to delve too deep into it here (because I plan on doing a separate post next week) but this is important. This is important not just because he’s a well loved, still relatively underground super hero with a smaller but fervent fanbase (in comparison to someone like Spider-man). But more so because, in the current climate that we live in, race is the front and center topic on every major and minor news and media outlet. You literally can’t escape it when you go onto the internet or turn on the television. The images and video clips we see are demoralizing. The commentary can be disheartening; and the glimpse of this world and its future that is being painted looks pretty grim at times.
We need positive release.
For at least a week or two, let’s immerse ourselves in the idea of diverse representation. That a character who could be villainized in the public eye actually has the power to take his own destiny into his hands and effect his community around him.
The entire series dropped on Netflix today. This weekend is a perfect excuse to mentally ‘unplug’ and live in the present with what I’m sure will be a great Marvel show.
Until next time.
*As always, the credit goes to Amanda Mason for the featured ‘Word Vomit’ image. Copyright 2014 at http://www.creativetake.net/ *