Posted on June 9th, 2010 by The Heroic Age
Luke Cage (named Carl Lucas at birth) was raised in the slums of Harlem, New York. He spent his childhood in a gang called The Rivals, along with his friend Willis Stryker. Lucas engaged in many gang fights with The Diablos, a rival gang. He also committed petty crimes and worked for a crime lord named Sonny Caputo. Eventually, Lucas was put through the juvenile justice system and realized the pain he was causing his family. He changed his ways and in his adulthood, he joined The NYPD ( New York City Police Department) as a police officer. Willis Stryker rose through the ranks of crime. Stryker’s actions brought the anger of The Maggia, a New York crime syndicate, upon Willis. The Maggia order a hit on Willis and he was badly injured only to be saved by Carl Lucas. Stryker’s girlfriend Reva Conners grows fearful of Willis’ line of work. She breaks up with him and finds comfort in Carl Lucas. Willis then believes that Lucas is the one responsible for the break up between him and Reva. In revenge, he planted drugs in Luca’s Harlem Apartment and tipped off the cops. Lucas is then wrongly convicted and unjustly imprisoned .
While incarcerated Lucas grows angry and hateful towards Willis. He engages in jail fights and makes numerous failed escape attempts. Lucas is then transferred to a prison on the coast of Georgia. Lucas faces racism from one of the guards named Albert Rackham. Lucas then volunteers for an experiment which will shorten his sentence. Dr. Noah Burstein puts Lucas in an electrical field with and organic chemical compound. Dr. Noah later left Lucas unattended and the racist guard, Albert Rackham tampered with the controls and pushed the experiment way past it’s original intent. In the resulting accident, Lucas is granted the powers of super strength, invulnerable skin, and extreme stamina. Lucas uses his powers to escape from the prison and later makes his way back to New York City.
Lucas then adopted a costume and the name Luke Cage and Iron Fist formed a company called Heroes for Hire, they had an attorney named Jeryn Hogarth and the business was managed by Jennie Royce. Luke and Danny’s friendship grew and they became best friends. Luke would later date Harmony Young. Cage and Iron Fist had great amounts of success with Heroes For Hire, they then earned a reputation and fought a vast amount of criminals such as Sabretooth and the Constrictor.
Luke later has a one night stand with Jessica Jones. Cage had a crisis later when Jessica reacted to the fling, however her and Luke made peace and later worked together when Matt Murdock was accused of being Daredevil. Luke later told Jessica his feelings towards her grew and she told him she was pregnant , Cage and Jones moved in together and Jessica later became a superhuman consultant for The Daily Bugle. J. Jonah Jameson still hated Luke though, for denying the job of capturing Spider-Man previously. Shortly after, Luke is hired by Matt Murdock to accompany him to the Raft, a prison off of Ryker’s Island to visit Robert Reynolds, the Sentry. They meet with Jessica Drew and with Foggy Nelson in tow, visit Reynolds. However, during the visit Electro stages a prison break. As Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man arrive to help maintain order during the ensuing riot, something unexpected happens. The New Avengers form.
Following the riot, Steve (Captain America) asks all the heroes to join, however Matt Murdock declines. Despite this, the team begins to pursue the cause of the riot, Max Dillon, Electro. After which they go to the Savage Land to find the real reason for the breakout, Karl Lykos, better known as Sauron. After a run-in with Sauron, the savage land mutates, and S.H.I.E.L.D. troopers (Led by Yelena Belova, the second Black Widow), the New Avengers have some relative downtime in which they notice the continued presence of the Young Avengers.
Next though, the New Avengers (partially) were sent to deal with Wrecker of the Wrecking Crew, who had escaped during the Raft riot. Cage, Wolverine, Spider-Woman, and Spider-Man fight Wrecker and capture him, sending him back to jail. They have no time to rest though as they go confront the Sentry in his house about why nobody remembers him, and with the help of the Fantastic 4, Namor, the Inhumans, S.H.I.E.L.D., Doctor Strange, and the X-Men, they defeat Bobs dark side, the Void. After this the complete New Avengers helps fight off a second Kree-Skrull War with the Young Avengers (The cause being Hulkling, a member of both races) and go to Japan to fight Hydra and the Hand. Upon returning from Japan, the New Avengers officially announce their team roster and Jameson bad-mouths the team for it’s members, including Cage as a convicted heroin dealer. The team however ignores this and by Luke’s wishes, visits Highland Park, Detroit on one of their off days, to help clean up a neighborhood of it’s scum and villainy. The visit is cut short though, as the team has to run off to go fight the Collective, a battle that they win.
During this time, two important things happen. The first is that Jessica has their baby, a baby girl that they name Danielle (After Danny Rand, Luke’s best friend). In addition, Luke and Jessica get married (Officiated by Stan Lee). However, the bliss was not to last, as the Senate was beginning to have talks about the Super Human Registration Act. Luke would later oppose The SHRA Act ( Super Human Registration Act ) along with Captain America and the Anti-Registration forces , Luke felt the act was like slavery and fought alongside Iron Fist, Captain America and the rest of the Secret Avengers until Captain America gave himself to the government and ended the Civil War. Luke had sent Jessica and Danielle to Canada where they would be safe from the new law.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Gabe Jones comes to arrest Cage and Luke fight’s his way through the S.H.I.E.L.D. forces were he and would join Captain America’s Secret Avengers . After Captain America was assassinated, Jessica returned with the baby and Luke Cage and Spider-Man got together with a group of unregistered heroes, many of which had been on the anti-registration side. From here the continued The New Avengers. The team at this point included Iron Fist, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Spider-Woman ( she was secretly the Skrull Queen ), and Doctor Strange. There base was Doctor Strange’s Sanctum. Cage’s Avengers and the Mighty Avengers fought many times in the ensuing months over registration. Luke often had trouble trusting Clint Barton due to his past of criminal activities, however Cage was later proved wrong when Clint Barton had proved himself by taking out a group of ninjas single handed.
The Avengers would later rescue Echo in Japan and found out that Elektra was a Skrull impostor, Cage became very worried about the Skrulls powers to copy a person . Luke also had a theory there were more Skrulls on Earth, many of the Avengers were not sure they could trust anyone and The Team was betrayed by Spider- Woman as it was The Skrull Queen. Later The Sanctum would be raided by The Hood and his gang. Cage moved to a new location with the team and thought Jessica had abandoned him with the child. Luke and his wife Jessica got into an argument and had many disagreement’s. Luke sent the New Avengers to check out a Skrull Ship crashing landing in The Savage Land, Luke ripped open the ship and noticed many versions of heroes . The Avengers later fought The Skrulls in Central Park. Jessica helped in the effort to fight and admitted Luke was right about the Skrulls. Jarvis Skrull took Danielle Cage and vanished leaving Jessica and Luke upset.
After the intense battle ended, James Barnes ( Captain America ) called a meeting with The New Avengers at his home and offered them to use his house as a base for their operations, due to the Sanctum’s previous destruction. Luke, Jessica and Ms Marvel arrived at Bucky’s home . The Fantastic Four and Iron Fist are looking around the city for Jarvis Skrull seeing as Danielle is still missing , they raid various villain’s bases such as A.I.M., HYDRA, Electro and The Red Skull. Looking for intel on the missing baby, they later found a Skrull in a bar dressed as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent and he was later shot by another agent, Jessica felt hopeless and thought Danielle was going to get killed by Jarvis Skrull. Luke got desperate and knew he was running out of options and then asked Norman Osborn to aid in the search for their baby and Luke promised Norman he’d do anything Norman asked for. Norman later helped Luke get the baby back and Luke Cage reneged on his offer to do anything for Osborn and the New Avengers.
Osborn later tries to get some revenge on Luke and then brainwashes Iron Fist and tell him to kill Cage, due to Luke and Danny Rand’s relationship, Luke is easily able to break the brainwashing and they escape, The New Avengers are hit by the reverse engineered power drainer from Chemistro and Luke had hear pain and turns himself into Osborn for help, though he is later rescued by the New Avengers , he is taken to a secret location and it is found out Luke Has a tracker in his heart , Meanwhile , Dr Strange is able to get it out and put’s in Norman Osborn’s home. Osborn then sent a missile to the tracker and his house got destroyed.
Luke Cage helps Steve Rogers the original Captain America along with Bucky in fighting Living Laser, Nick Fury and his Secret Warriors ( The remaining remnant’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. ) to fight off the H.A.M.M.E.R. agents. Steve Rogers spoke an inspiring speech to the New Avengers, Young Avengers and Secret Warriors. He says that they are going to take back this country and put Norman’s Reign to an end. Captain America and Luke Cage along with New Avengers,Young Avengers and Secret Warriors go to Asgard to help Thor and Maria Hill in the attack Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers along with The Thunderbolt’s had made on Asgard. Osborn had ordered his troops to fight harder until he realized The Void was out of control he was turning into a demonic form . Luke later helped The Heroes defeat The Void and end Siege Of Asgard.
The Heroic Age
After the defeat of Norman Osborn, Steve Rogers is appointed the new head of S.H.I.E.L.D. As a result, Steve appoints Luke as the new head of the Thunderbolts, given his past experience in jail. If somebody who was unjustly put in jail can stay the straight and narrow and become an Avenger, that person surely can have insights into helping others with dark pasts become the heroes they can be. After reviewing his list of options, Luke chooses Juggernaut, Moonstone, Ghost, Crossbones, Songbird, and Man-thing.
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