Luke Cage: Man of Steel

Mike Colter Returns as the Dynamic Superhero

BY: Zak Wojnar

The last time we saw Luke Cage, he had just joined forces with Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Iron Fist to take down The Hand, an ancient criminal syndicate who were digging for dragon bones, the secret to eternal life, in a hidden cave underneath midtown Manhattan. Yeah, The Defenders got a little weird, but it was cool to see Marvel‘s Netflix heroes come together against a common foe, even if the show’s paltry production values couldn’t quite match their grand ambition.

Now that The Defenders have successfully saved the city, the new season of Luke Cage sees its titular hero return to his home turf uptown, where he is pitted against Bushmaster, a mysterious villain who is a physical match for the bulletproof hero of Harlem. Bushmaster is played by Mustafa Shakir, who is best known for his supporting role on HBO‘s The Deuce and his part in the provocative prison thriller, Brawl in Cell Block 99.

Though the extent of the crossover isn’t yet known, it has been confirmed that Finn Jones, AKA Iron Fist, will appear in the new season, presumably as a nod to the comics, where the two vigilantes teamed up as the for-profit super-powered team, Heroes For Hire. With all due respect to Daredevil, it’s going to be pure joy to see Netflix‘s two hunkiest heroes teaming up and fighting crime, back-to-back…preferably shirtless.

In addition to its obvious championing of black representation in the realm of superhero television, Luke Cage also deserves credit for its robust cast of diverse and compelling female characters. Rosario Dawson, Alfre Woodard, and Simone Missick co-star, along with Iron Fist‘s Jessica Henwick, reprising her role as Colleen Wing. The series also has some cool female representation behind the camera, with episodes being directed by Neema Barnette, Kasi Lemmons, and Millicent Shelton, among others. Even the season premiere is directed by the beautiful and talented film and television actor, Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill, Elementary).

The most notable new addition to the cast is Reg E. Cathey (The Wire, House of Cards) as Cage’s father. The series was his final role before his death in February of 2018.

Luke Cage is a provocative show, and one of Netflix‘s most critically-acclaimed hits. It’s got a solid combination of action, drama, romance, and intrigue, and Mike Colter looks like he was carved from the side of a mountain. His biceps alone are enough to keep us invested in the series, and we can’t wait to catch the new season when it debuts on June 22.