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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 Got Her Own Superhero Name

You can’t be a hero without a name, and Luke Cage made sure Claire Temple got one. Before Claire’s appearance in Daredevil’s first season, there were rumblings about a non-canon character becoming a hybrid version of The Night Nurse comics.

That short-lived series was about three women who patched up our favorite heroes after they were done saving us. Much of Claire’s character design and development through Daredevil season two and Jessica Jones pointed to this, but none of the series had managed to call her by name.

Then Marvel announced that Rachel McAdam’s character in Dr. Strange would be “Night Nurse” and it seemingly sounded a death knell to who we thought Claire Temple was going to be. Turns out, Marvel’s okay with more than one nurse running around saving heroes.

During episode 11, we see Claire and several other people trapped inside Harlem’s Paradise, hostages of Diamondback and pawns in his scheme to finally end Luke Cage. After Claire notices that one of her fellow hostages is in pain, she moves over to help her — an act that alerts one of the nearby gangsters keeping guard.

As he attempts to figure out what she’s doing and whether he can keep allowing her to do it, he shamelessly calls Claire “Night Nurse.”

And in that moment, the dream of Claire Temple becoming a certified Defenders universe hero becomes a reality.

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