Marvel has consistently delivered high quality content on Netflix ever since Daredevil debuted last year, and that trend certainly continued with the premiere of Luke Cage this fall. Harlem's hero for hire delivered drama, thrills, and some serious social commentary that was pretty much impossible to ignore. The end of Season 1 left all of us wanting more of the badass Defender, and as such it seems that Marvel is now hard at work give us what we need. In fact, we've just learned that a second season of Luke Cage is definitely "coming soon." Sweet Christmas.
A new video has just debuted on the official Luke Cage Facebook account confirming that a second season is currently in development. The video in question showcases the front of Pop's barbershop -- a mainstay location throughout the first season of the series -- as the lights flicker and go out. Once the establishment darkens, a neon sign illuminates in the window confirming that Luke Cage will indeed return for a second season -- in addition to the titular hero's upcoming stint in The Defenders series. The announcement doesn't shed any real light onto the official premiere date of Season 2, but the simple confirmation that it will happen definitely has us excited. Check out the video that just debuted on the official Luke Cage Facebook page below to see for yourself:
It seems highly unlikely that anybody will be surprised by the revelation that Luke Cage is going to receive a second season. Like Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Luke Cage premiered to near universal acclaim when it debuted on Netflix at the end of September. Combining classic comic book characters with real world racial issues -- while also injecting just a dash of the Blaxploitation genre into the mix -- Luke Cage took one of the most difficult characters to adapt from the Marvel lore and made the process look easy. In fact, the first season of the Netflix series is currently riding high with a 90% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes; a second season seems like a no-brainer for Marvel at this point.
That being said, Luke Cage will need to make a few adjustments in its second season in order to maintain its high quality. Although most people agree that characters like Cottonmouth and Black Mariah have gone on to become two of Marvel's best villains in recent memory, the ultimate Diamondback reveal at the end of the season left quite a bit to be desired -- which is not an uncommon issue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Additionally, sustaining the overall momentum of the story over the course of 13 episodes eventually became somewhat difficult (again, this is something the other Netflix series suffer from as well) and as a result the pacing suffered. If Luke Cage can fix these issues, it has the potential to come back bigger and stronger when the second season finally debuts.
CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant details related to Luke Cage (as well as all of the other Defenders series on Netflix) as more information becomes available to us. For now, make sure to check out our comprehensive midseason premiere guide for more information related to all of the most highly anticipated spring television debuts!