The downside of binge-watching your favorite Netflix series as soon as they release is that you’re left with a seemingly endless wait for the next season to premiere. Such is the case with their latest Marvel series Luke Cage, which premiered to critical acclaim in September 2016.
Most fans have already caught up with the Harlem-set series’ twists and turns by now, but because of Netflix’s strategy to release only two Marvel TV seasons a year, it looks as though we won’t be getting a Season 2 until 2018 at the earliest. That’s a long time to wait, but at least we can kill some of the time by reviewing what we can expect from another 13 episodes starring this bulletproof superhero.
1. Heroes for Hire
The first season only made reference to the Heroes for Hire team of the Luke Cage comics, but the second season may bring the classic storyline to life, eventually teaming Luke up with his for hire partner Iron Fist, a character due to star in his own Netflix series in 2017.
In the comics, the team eventually includes Detective Misty Knight, who could do with a more active role after the first season. The characters of Cage and Iron Fist have yet to meet, but they’ll presumably do so during the first season of The Defenders (a superhero team consisting of Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Iron Fist), also due out in 2017. That series will presumably lay the groundwork for the second season of Luke Cage, so we’ll know more of what to expect after a healthy binge-watch upon release.
2. The Defenders
And what else might that series hold for Luke? Besides a villainous turn from Sigourney Weaver, The Defenders will reunite the Power Man with his old love interest Jessica Jones, presumably rekindling their romance given their long history in the comics.
Colter even suggested in an interview that the next season might explore the couple making more serious commitments, saying “And we have Jessica and Luke in the Alias comics hooking up, having a child, and changing their life style. That could happen.” There’s only one problem, however …
3. Claire Temple
… and that’s the romantic tension and kiss Cage shared with Marvel TV universe mainstay Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) before the end of his first season. It’s unclear how this romance will proceed if the writers do intend to pair Cage and Jones together again (and I’d wager they do, since they are adapting comic books), but Collider suggests Temple may be killed off as a way to unite the Defenders, as she’s their only common link so far.
I sincerely hope that prediction is wrong, as Dawson has been a highlight in every one of her appearances, but it does seem that something must be done with her character before the second season of Luke Cage concludes.
4. Returning villains
Who could square off against the Heroes for Hire? Perhaps their rivals the Hoodlums for Hire, a villainous group composed of Shades and Comanche (seen only in passing during Season 1) with weaponized help from Ward Meachum, a high-powered crook with a personal vendetta against Iron Fist. A team-up involving all three villains hasn’t been confirmed, but it would make sense as a way to unite Luke and Iron Fist against common enemies.
5. New villains
It was clear at the end of the season that the opportunistic Dr. Noah Burstein still has some role to play in the future of Luke Cage. I predict his storyline will mirror the comics in which he unwillingly helps transform crime boss John McIver into Bushmaster, a villain stronger and more powerful than even Cage. He’s also affiliated with the aforementioned Hoodlums for Hire Shades and Comanche, so the separate villains would fit neatly into the same season given their close ties.
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