Marvel's Luke Cage gets Season 2 release date

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Sweeeeeet Christmas! A whole bunch of new developments for Netflix's Marvel shows dropped this week and fans are ready to start picking them apart. The video itself doesn't reveal much about the story, but it's evident from the description that the stakes have changed.

But because watching Cage pick daisies and sip lattes would make for awful television, of course a "formidable" new foe arises and forces the hero to see exactly how far he's willing to go to do the right thing. The action-packed drama will return on June 22, 2018 with Mike Colter reprising his role as Luke Cage. The question is whether or not Netflix can maintain those strengths while expanding beyond familiar territory. While both series have a handle on powerful political messaging, Luke Cage stumbled in its treatment of issues of crime and police brutality (at one point, I think it condones police militarization?). Thanks to a teaser trailer, that's apparently been pulled down already, we now have an answer.

"You can't burn me, you can't blast me, and you definitely can't break me", Luke says into the camera. Following that, Season 1 of Luke Cage earned itself quite a few accolades upon its release. Given just how anticipating these shows are, it's great to see the streaming site being a lot less secretive with them. With a bystander reminding Luke Cage to "get paid, black man, get paid", perhaps we're finally seeing Luke become a Hero for Hire and advertising himself? Marvel's Luke Cage is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix. The series stars Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Rosario Dawson, Alfre Woodard, Theo Rossi and Finn Jones.

Cheo Hodari Coker is the series showrunner and exec. producer along with Jim Chory and Jeph Loeb with the second season consisting of 13 episodes, the first episode of which is directed by Lucy Liu.

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