Luke Cage is the latest Marvel Comics hero to receive a second season on Netflix, with Season 2 now available for streaming. The series is expected to pick up storylines from the first season, while also addressing Luke Cage's superhero team up with Iron Fist, Daredevil and Jessica Jones in The Defenders.
Of course, there is usually character growth that naturally occurs from the first to second seasons of a Marvel Netflix series, and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb discussed these details and Luke Cage's evolution during an interview at the New York premiere of the titular hero's Season 2.
"I think what we're doing with a lot of the second seasons shows, particularly on Netflix, is if the first season was, 'Meet our hero,' then the second year tends to be about, 'What it is to be a hero,'" Loeb said. "And in the Marvel Universe, you don't get a free ride. So the people act accordingly. What Luke has to go through in the court of public opinion. And then, he's got Mariah coming against him, he's got Bushmaster coming against him. I think what we're going to find is what the show does best. It's great characters, great dramas, but at the same time, that Marvel humor and big action."
Picking up on the events of The Defenders, Luke Cage Season 2 sees the titular superhero caught in the middle of a turf war for Harlem between Mariah Dillard and new foe Bushmaster. With the entire neighborhood caught in the crossfire, Cage must make difficult compromises to put an end to the violence.
Streaming now on Netflix, Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2 stars Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Alfre Woodard, Theo Rossi, Mustafa Shakir, Gabrielle Dennis, Rosario Dawson and Reg E. Cathey.