[UPDATE: Posters for the other villains in Luke Cage have been released. Scroll down to check them out.]
Marvel and Netflix are nearing the launch of their third exclusive series set in the Hell’s Kitchen side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After successful launches of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Mike Colter is ready to bring about Marvel’s first black superhero-led project. Luke Cage is just over a week away at this point, which means the marketing efforts have been kicked into high gear. Last week, fans got a chance to see posters for two of the leading ladies of the series, with individual posters for Misty Knight (Simone Missick) and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) being released.
They will not be the only two prominent female roles in Luke Cage, with Alfre Woodard set to make her debut as Mariah Dillard, a local politician in Harlem. While much about her character’s involvement has been kept under wraps – outside of confirming this is not the same character Woodard played in Captain America: Civil War – she is now the recipient of her own poster as well.
THR has been able to exclusively reveal a brand new character poster for Mariah Dillard. Similar to the ones released for Misty and Claire, this one also features a quick quote from the character. It should not come as a surprise that her quote has to deal with politics – but as she will certainly push back against Power Man himself, it does feature a not so subtle jab at that name.
Even though Alfre Woodard figures to be a big part of the first season of Luke Cage, her character has largely been kept in the dark. Fans have been able to see Mariah ever so briefly in the footage and stills that has so far been released, but that is hopefully not an indication of a smaller role as well.
Luke will be dealing heavily with Cottonmouth (Mahershala Ali) and his gun-running operation, but some of the first Luke Cage set photos showed Cottonmouth and Dillard together. They could easily be working together to exploit some aspect of Harlem, or Dillard could potentially even be using Cottonmouth to do her dirty work. If she does have a prominent villainous role in this season, she could be the biggest female villain yet on the Netflix side. Now fans will just have to wait a few more days to see what she is up to and how Luke will (or will not) stop her.
UPDATE: Speaking of Luke Cage villains, fellow baddies Cottonmouth and Shades (Theo Rossi) have now gotten their own posters too. Have a look, below:
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. The Defenders and Iron Fist arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.