Mike Colter has shared his hopes for Luke Cage season 2. The actor is now back as the super-powered character in the Marvel TV/Netflix miniseries, The Defenders - where he joins Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) in their quest to foil the enigmatic Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver) and the Hand's evil plans - but he will eventually return to his own New York territory, with the sophomore outing of his solo series.
While official details for Luke Cage season 2 are still scant at the moment, we know that Luke's penitentiary stint at Seagate Prison is rather short, since he is already back on the streets of New York with his fellow Defenders (a Luke Cage season 2 set video showing Luke casually strolling the streets of New York further backs this up). The Defenders sets things up for Luke Cage's next solo adventure, but it's still difficult to pinpoint precisely what Luke's personal trajectory will be, moving forward. This, however, does not prevent Colter from sharing what he wants to see in the next chapter of his character's hero journey.
Speaking to Moviefone while promoting The Defenders, Colter talked about his interest in exploring Luke's approach on his new, and finally legitimate, freedom in Luke Cage season 2:
"So what I want to explore, and what's going to be really interesting for the second season, is seeing how he handles these newfound freedoms. What does it open up for him? How does his life change from now on moving forward? And what is it like to sort of be a person that when you walk down the street, everybody knows who he is?"
Luke's liberty brings with it more opportunities for him to be immersed in the outside world. Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Colter indicated that Luke Cage season 2 infuses more pop culture concepts into its narrative. The actor did not elaborate on his statement beyond that, nor did he give any specific examples of what that refers to. Whether that means Luke Cage season 2 will be tackling more serious social/racial issues and/or more references to music/film/TV, it could be a great way to add layers to the show's storytelling style.
Lucy Liu is directing the Luke Cage season 2 premiere, with the roster of returning characters including Misty Knight (Simone Missick) and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) and Shades (Theo Rossi) are also set to return, though it's not clear yet if they will serve as the main antagonists in this new season. Also returning is Cheo Hodari Coker, who is once again serving as Luke Cage's showrunner.
The Defenders is now available on Netflix, with The Punisher arriving sometime this fall. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have not yet been announced.