"Step in the Arena"

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"Step in the Arena"
Aïda Mashaka Croal, Akela Cooper, Gail Barringer
Quote1 He used to tell me that "no one can cage a man if he truly wants to be free." Quote2
--Luke Cage (Carl Lucas)

Appearing in "Step in the Arena"

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Races and Species:

  • Humans (Main story and flashback)




Synopsis for "Step in the Arena"

  • Synopsis not yet written.


  • The Gang Starr song the episode is named after is "Step in the Arena", from the album of the same name. The song could be interpreted as an introduction to Gang Starr through their use of combat terms, while the episode features Luke's origin story revolving around a prison fight circle.
  • The songs featured in the episode is "Feel Alive" by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
  • Clifton Cutrary and Jared Kemp are credited in the episode as the younger versions of Luke Cage and Willis Stryker, respectively, but the actors don't appear in the episode.


  • In prison, Squabbles talks about how attractive Lisa Bonet is. Luke tells him about her daughter, Zoë Kravitz, and how she is like The Godfather Part II ("better than the original"). Kravitz reacted to this on Instagram, saying she was flattered but could never be as good as her mom.[2]
  • For a brief moment, Luke Cage sports a metal headband and braces, a yellow shirt and blue jeans. This is a nod to the Power Man outfit he wore in the 60s.

See Also


Character Actor
Luke CageMike Colter
Detective Misty KnightSimone Missick
ShadesTheo Rossi
Detective Rafael ScarfeFrank Whaley
Reva ConnorsParisa Fitz-Henley
Albert RackhamChance Kelly
Squabbles / ReggieCraig muMs Grant
Dr. Noah BursteinMichael Kostroff
ComancheThomas Q. Jones
Connie LinJade Wu
Jin LinClem Cheung
KeelyDavid Marston Fobbs

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Kravitz, Zoë (6 October 2016). #willneverbeasgoodaspt1 #butthankslukecage!. Instagram. Retrieved on 16 October 2016.