In the aftermath of The Avengers, Marvel explored further opportunities for them to pump out content in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. opened up the possibility of MCU properties appearing on TV, but Netflix came swooping in to get in on the Marvel bandwagon. Their partnership kicked off with Daredevil and the reaction was better then anything Marvel or Netflix could’ve hoped for. Jessica Jones followed shortly after to a similar reception and gave viewers a chance to meet Mike Colter as Luke Cage before getting his own series.
Colter headlined the third solo series in this corner of the MCU and Luke Cage was once again met with favorable reactions across the board. This is why it should come as little to no surprise that he has been granted a second season.
The Luke Cage Twitter account made the announcement with a video of a rebuilt Pop’s Barber Shop up and running with an LED sign saying “Season 2 Coming Soon.” Check out the official announcement below.
The announcement that Luke Cage will get a second season was more of just a formality at this point as it would have been much more of a surprise had this not happened. The first season did an excellent job setting Harlem apart from Hell’s Kitchen, with showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker giving it an upbeat flavor and a brighter look. As any press release or formal statement has been released yet, it is not yet confirmed that Coker will be returning, but it seems like all signs are pointing in that direction, especially given his excitement for the renewal.
Sweet Christmas arrived 21 days early! Season Two coming soon! Forward....Always.— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) December 4, 2016
As for what a second season could entail, there are many possibilities. Fans of the character and the show are certainly hoping that the focus stays on Luke and his solo adventure, but it could just as easily transform into Heroes for Hire. Outside of bringing back Luke and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), the first season brought in fan favorite character Misty Knight (Simone Missick). Learning more about her in a second season is sure to be high up on lists of things people want to see moving forward. The villains meanwhile could largely be returning characters as well with Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard), Shades (Theo Rossi), and Diamondback (Erik LaRay Harvey) being set up as recurring threats.
Now that a second season is coming, it should be interesting to see when it hits Netflix. Next year they are upgrading their slate to include three shows a year with Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders all scheduled to debut sometime in 2017. This could put 2018 in the position of nothing but additional seasons for pre-existing shows as Luke Cage has now joined Jessica Jones season 2 and Daredevil season 3 as projects in development. The wait could potentially be longer if Netflix and Marvel are talking about giving new characters solo series or spinning off established characters into leading roles as well.
Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now available on Netflix. Iron Fist will premiere on March 17, 2017. The Defenders and The Punisher will arrive in 2017. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been announced.