The weight of Harlem is put on Mike Colter's shoulders in the first clip for Luke Cage season 2. Netflix has found a decent amount of success with adapting Marvel properties, but there's no doubt that this corner of the MCU is in need of a resurgence. It'll be close to two years since season 1 when Luke Cage returns for another 13 episodes in June, and they'll look to correct the missteps of the debut. After six strong episodes, the loss of Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth sent the series in a new direction.
There is however plenty of optimism heading into the second season based on the information that has so far been released. They're giving Misty Knight (Simone Missick) an even bigger role and a robotic arm. The latest Luke Cage trailer also introduced this season's villain, Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir), and the threat he'll pose - and the citizens of Harlem can't stand it.
Netflix released a new clip for season 2 of Luke Cage that puts Luke back on the streets and face-to-face with his critics. The clip (featured at the top of this post) appears to take place at least a few episodes into the season as one of the citizens says Bushmaster defeated Luke again. Even though Harlem's bullet-proof black man is more confident now, he's still keeping a cool head as people tell him how to do his "job."
Based on the marketing for Luke Cage season 2, it is becoming abundantly clear that Luke will have his hands full when it comes to defeating Bushmaster. His latest threat isn't a powerful businessman like Cottonmouth or enhanced through a suit like Diamondback. Bushmaster appears to be just as super-human as Luke is, taking on bullets without consequence and also having some acrobatic fighting skills to keep Luke on his toes (or put him on his back).
With less than a month left before season 2 hits Netflix, there is expected to be a steady roll out of additional clips for Luke Cage. Considering how well they've been able to mostly hide the plot, hopefully that trend continues as fans gear up for another binge. If Bushmaster can be a great season-long threat, then Luke Cage season 2 could very well end up topping the previous season. We know Colter is going to deliver, after all, and Cheo Hodari Coker looks to have a firm grip on where Luke is going. Whether or not this is the case won't be known for a few more weeks, so these types of clips can help show what they've got planned.
Luke Cage season 2 premieres June 22 on Netflix.