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"You want pussy? I can get you that. You ain't got to wet dream about Doc Connors. You want extra shit? I'll get you that, too."
"This about me fighting for you? That's not the lane I want to play in."
"You must smell a lot of shit having your ass on your shoulders all the time. I make you an easy offer, throw in some perks, and you just shrug 'em off. Well, it's lucky I'm a patient man. Smart enough to know you'd say no. Gave me time to build a backup plan."
Albert Rackham and Carl Lucas[src]

Step in the Arena is the fourth episode of the first season of the Netflix exclusive television series Luke Cage.


As he rescues a victim of Cottonmouth's vengeance, Luke remembers his earlier life and the conspiracy that led to his superhuman strength.


While trapped in the rubble, Luke Cage reminisces about his past as Carl Lucas and his incarceration at Seagate Prison, a private detention facility run by C.O. Albert Rackham. He befriends fellow inmate Squabbles, develops an attraction to psychologist Dr. Reva Connors, and is forced to engage in illegal ring fights by Rackham, and crossed paths with inmates Hernan Alvarez and Comanche. Lucas and Connors plan to expose Rackham's activities, which includes allowing an illegal experimental procedure on inmates in exchange for reduced sentences. Rackham learns of this by torturing Squabbles to death, and has Lucas brutally beaten. Connors convinces Dr. Noah Burstein, the scientist conducting the experimental procedures, to perform the procedure on Lucas, a submersive "bath" designed to cause rapid healing. Rackham sabotages the experiment, and the resulting accident instead gives Lucas superhuman strength and invulnerability. He escapes and adopts the identity of Luke Cage. In the present, Cage manages to pull himself and Connie out of the rubble and reveals his abilities to the media.


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  • Step in the Arena is a song from the album with the same name of the hip-pop duo Gang Starr.
  • Luke Cage spots metal headgear and bracelets after getting his powers, a yellow shirt and blue jeans that he wore in the comics as Power Man. He's accidentally dressed in a similar outfit after his escape from prison, and when he sees himself in a window, he says "You look like a fool".

Behind the Scenes

  • Cage mentions Zoë Kravitz to Squabbles. Kravitz reacted to the reference on Instagram on October 5, 2016, and while flattered she disputed the claim that she is more attractive than her mother.[1]


Song title Artist Location(s)
Feel Alive (feat. Karolina & Loren Oden) Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
  • (Flashback) Luke Cage thanks Reva Connors for saving his life and she in turns thanks him for changing hers, then they come up with a new name for him taken from quotations from Cage's father;
  • (Present) Connie Lin is loaded into an ambulance.


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