Netflix's Luke Cage is full of Easter eggs, if you know where to look. Die-hard comics fans picked up on deeper-cut in-jokes, everything from Misty’s bionic arm and glorious afro to Luke’s original, ridiculous 1970s costume. For those wooed by Marvel's movie and TV pedigree, there are traces of the ever-expanding "Cinematic Universe," crossover potential that ties Luke Cage to the past and future of the mega-franchise.
Nearly 10 years after the MCU kicked off with 2008's Iron Man, Luke Cage represents the most laid-back, lived-in Marvel property to date. The show's version of Harlem and the characters that inhabit the neighborhood feel real in ways the big- and small-screen adaptations don't. This is especially true of Daredevil and Jessica Jones. While they make cursory mentions of other heroes (although never by name), each series treats Hell's Kitchen like a snow globe. They share a universe, but not a world.
Luke Cage makes the biggest franchise impact of the bunch. Luke's quest to bust crime and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker's dramatic navigation of his hero's role in Harlem raise questions for the future of the MCU, and what happens once the Netflix heroes actually have to interact with one other. To prepare you, here's a guide to all the connections and Easter eggs you may have missed during your Luke Cage binge: