The Hero of Harlem has returned, bringing a new nemesis with him. Netflix and Marvel have released a new trailer for Season Two of ‘Luke Cage,’ premiering on June 22.
Clocking in at nearly two-and-a-half minutes, the newest look at ‘Luke Cage’ gives fans a clear indication of what Mike Colter’s hard-hitting hero is up against when he makes his official return. Season two will premiere with nearly two years having passed since the first season arrived, complete with the shocking death of one villain (Mahershala Ali’s Cottonmouth) and the rise of another (no sign of Erik LaRay Harvey’s Diamondback in the Season Two trailer).
This doesn’t mean Luke Cage has been sitting on the sidelines since September 2016 as he was at the center of ‘Marvel’s The Defenders,’ released in August 2017, which quickly resolved the cliffhanger at the end of ‘Luke Cage’ Season One: Luke’s return to Seagate Prison.
Season Two will see Luke freed from his imprisoned state and fully embracing his heroic reputation in Harlem. The series will also introduce Bushmaster, one of Cage’s most recognizable villains from Marvel Comics, played in the series by Mustafa Shakir. The trailer pits Cage and Bushmaster against one another.
Luckily for Luke, he’s not alone in the fight. Simone Missick reprises her role as Misty Knight, the NYPD detective last seen in ‘The Defenders.’ The trailer reveals some new cast members, including the participation of the late actor Reg E. Cathey in season two. Cathey, who died in February of lung cancer, is seen in the Luke Cage trailer chewing on dialogue with the signature style he brought to his work in shows like ‘Oz,’ ‘The Wire’ and ‘House of Cards.’
Cathey’s character tells Luke near the end of the trailer:
“The darkness that you deal with every day, it can consume you whole if you let it. Don’t let it.”
Watch the full trailer below!
All 13 episodes of Season 2 of ‘Luke Cage’ will stream on June 22 on Netflix.