We've seen Luke Cage at his low and high points, but a new clip from the upcoming second season of the Netflix drama shows the Hero of Harlem somewhere in the middle. Played by Mike Colter, Luke is too famous to hide out in the back of a barber shop, and that means he needs to talk to the people he's sworn to protect. And they all have opinions on how he could be doing his job better.
"My cousin's getting smacked around by the cops because he's got dreads," one woman says. "You need to handle this, Luke. My little sister can't even sleep at night!" another guy adds. Luke can hardly cross the street without running into a neighbor who needs his help.
That's different from almost every other superhero we see in movies and on television. Most street-level heroes, like Daredevil or the Green Arrow, have secret identities. Others, like Jessica Jones, don't care what people think. Luke is unique in that he wants his community to know he's there for them, but such easy access opens himself up to all sorts of criticism. This truly makes him an inspirational hero, a man who needs to inspire people as much as he needs to lay a smackdown.
That's one of the elements that will make the second season of Luke Cage unique. It's a show trying to form its own identity on every level, from the story to the casting choices to the musical guests. Harlem is one of the most vibrant characters in the Marvel Netflix shows, and Season 2 seems ready to put even more faces to the neighborhood.
Arriving on June 22 on Netflix, the second season of Luke Cage stars Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Alfre Woodard, Theo Rossi, Rosario Dawson, Mustafa Shakir and Gabrielle Dennis.