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7 Times LUKE CAGE’s Claire Temple Proved She’s An Unsung Defender

BY The Screen Spy Team

Published 5 years ago

By Marcus Daniels

Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) made her first appearance in Daredevil season one as the woman who pulled Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) out of a dumpster and saved his life using makeshift stitches. From there she had a brief stint as his first season love interest before moving on to Jessica Jones, where she helped patch up the feminist icon and angsty private detective (played by Kristen Ritter) before saving undiscovered hero Luke Cage (Mike Colter) from a gunshot wound to the head.

Now in the first installment of Luke Cage’s own series, Claire has left the world of the ER and Hell’s Kitchen behind to take up a place next to Harlem’s hero. In this cultural mecca of black identity, Claire helps Cage find answers, encourages him to accept his powers and even learns to accept her own constant run ins with this unlikely set of heroes.

Despite memorable performances in Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage provided Temple fans with what are perhaps the character’s most dramatically compelling and stellar moments. Claire grows character wise like never before, proving that our favorite nurse’s knack for saving heroes on couches is more than an accident. She’s fully embedded in this world of heroes, and she may be one of its most important members yet.

From handling a purse snatcher to finally getting a superhero name, Claire Temple’s presence in the first season of Luke Cage illustrated that this fan favorite character has serious longevity in The Defenders universe. More importantly, she’s got all of the qualities of the heroes she saves, making her one of Netflix universe’s most pivotal, but unsung characters.

Here’s a list of seven things from Luke Cage season one that prove Claire Temple is the true fifth Defender of New York City.

She’s Willing To Protect Everyone

One thing that really separates the heroes from the villains is whether or not they can put aside their feelings and save people. Even the bad ones. Even those who’ve choked them out.

In episode eight “Blowin’ Up The Spot,” Claire and Misty Knight (Simone Cook) have a run in in a precinct interrogation room. The conversation, if you want to call it that, escalates pretty quickly. That’s because Claire refuses to say Luke is anything but a hero. Knight, who has borne witness to Cage’s powers on several occasions, is still trying to wrap her head around what he is. All while her city is being torn apart by bullet holes at the hands of a supposedly bulletproof man. Knight just wants the answers, and Claire isn’t giving them up, which causes Knight to snap. Before we know it, the detective has Claire up against the wall, hands squeezed tightly around the nurse’s neck. Someone assaulting you might be enough to swear off helping them ever again. However, when Claire locates Knight and Cage hiding in a secret basement room in Harlem’s Paradise during episode 11 “Now You’re Mine,” Claire doesn’t turn her back on the cop. Instead, she gets to work addressing her gun wound, no questions asked. It’s her job after all.

(L-R) Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Karen Pittman as Priscilla Ridley. Photo © Netflix

(L-R) Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Karen Pittman as Priscilla Ridley. Photo © Netflix

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