Luke Cage
Mike Colter stars in Netflix’s latest superhero drama, “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1. Netflix

Marvel fans don’t have to wait for “Doctor Strange” to get their superhero fix. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” hits Netflix this weekend, but they’ll need to binge-watch fast if they want to avoid spoilers. To be the first to see the new series, fans will want to stay up late.

Unlike traditional TV, Netflix doesn’t give the East Coast the first chance at seeing the series. “Luke Cage” starts streaming on Netflix at 12:01 a.m. PDT and 3:01 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 30. Get your coffee ready if you want to see all 13 episodes right away. The series can be watched on Netflix’s website or the Netflix app.

Anyone who wants to watch will need a Netflix account. Subscription prices start at $7.99 a month. If you have managed to avoid a Netflix subscription until now, you can get a free one-month trial. A month gives viewers plenty of time to not only watch “Luke Cage” Season 1, but also the series he was introduced on, “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”

When Luke (Mike Colter) appeared on “Jessica Jones” last year, he was romantically involved with Jessica (Krysten Ritter). The two seemed like a great match since they both have extraordinary powers, but Jessica kept her connection to Luke’s dead wife a secret. When she finally came clean about it, Luke was understandably distraught. After his Hell’s Kitchen bar was destroyed, he decided to return to Harlem. In his new Marvel TV series, he’ll fight crime without Jessica. Though the bulletproof man has known about his powers for a while, he still doesn’t understand them.

“It’s learn as you go,” Colter told the Toronto Sun. “He may be unbreakable, but is he invincible? I don’t know. So there’s still the idea that if he reveals what he can do, he’s putting himself at risk, and at the very least putting people he loves at risk.”

Audiences will see how much Colter is willing to risk when “Marvel’s Luke Cage” premieres Friday on Netflix. Of course, that won’t be the last audiences see of the character. He’ll also appear in next year’s “Defenders” mini-series alongside Jessica Jones, Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones).