The debut of Marvel’s “Luke Cage” series was so awesome that it single handedly crashed streaming media giant Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) servers on Saturday evening for over two hours. Investors were very pleased with the great response the debut had and shares of Netflix soared over 4.5 percent on Monday.
“Luke Cage” consists of thirteen brand new episodes making it its third collaboration amongst Netflix and Marvel. Netflix hadn’t answered any requests or comments to revealing the statistics of the new hit series. After the servers crashed, Netflix tweeted out, “Hi all - we are aware of streaming issues and we are working quickly to solve them. We will update you when they are resolved.”
More information on “Luke Cage”
Mike Colter stars as Carl Lucas / Luke Cage, a former convict with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin who now fights crime. Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Erik LaRay Harvey, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard also star. Development of the series began in late 2013. In December 2014, Colter was cast as Cage, to appear first in Marvel's Jessica Jones, with Coker hired as the showrunner in March 2015. Filming began in New York City in September 2015 and concluded in March 2016.
The series premiered on September 28, 2016 in Harlem, with the full series of 13 episode releasing on Netflix on September 30. The series received generally positive reviews, with praise going to Colter, Missick, Ali and Woodard for their performances, the 1970s style, and music, with its structure and some of the writing viewed as some of the series' shortcomings.