Luke Cage Season 2 Casts Two New Villains


“Always forward.”

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2 is officially going ahead at Netflix. This shouldn’t surprise anybody, considering the strong viewership and positive critical reaction the show received. In fact, the show about the man with unbreakable skin managed to “break” Netflix during its opening weekend.

Gabrielle Dennis (Insecure, Rosewood) has joined the cast as Tilda Johnson, “a brilliant, holistic doctor with a complicated history in Harlem where, as much as she tries to stay far from trouble, it seems to always find her.” Comics fans may recognize Tilda Johnson’s name as the minor supervillain known as Nightshade.

Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce, The Night Of) will play John McIver, “a natural leader, brimming with charisma, whose mission is focused on Harlem and vengeance.” In the comics, McIver is known as the supervillainous Bushmaster.

“I can’t wait for audiences to see the compelling paces we put both Mustafa and Gabrielle through,” Luke Cage executive producer and showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker said in a statement. “From the moment you see each of them on screen, I feel they will be powerful additions to the world of Marvel and Harlem’s Luke Cage.”

Also on the villain front, we know that Theo Rossi will also return as Shades, telling Parade that “Luke Cage is going down [in] season two.” Good enough for us!

We’ll next see Mike Colter’s Luke Cage in The Defenders this August, alongside other Marvel Netflix superheroes like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist. The Defenders is currently in production, which means that the “coming soon” we see in the Pops’ Barber Shop window is kind of a relative thing.

Luke Cage Season 2 Release Date

There’s no release date info at the moment, other than the “coming soon” promised in the video. However, don’t expect to see Luke Cage Season 2 before 2018. Mike Colter recently confirmed that production will begin in June and wrap in March 2018. So don’t expect this one until later in 2018.

Of course, if it turns out we’re wrong about that, we’ll update this with more details as they become available.

Meanwhile, if you want to relive season one, we have a complete breakdown of every single Marvel reference and easter egg right here.

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