As the premiere of Luke Cage gets closer and closer, Marvel continues to release new character posters for the highly anticipated show. So far we’ve seen posters for Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Misty Knight (Simmon Missick), Shades (Theo Rossi), and Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard). The latest reveal is of Mariah Dillard’s corrupt and criminal cousin, the villainous Cottonmouth (Mahershala Ali).
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Referencing the possible character defining line seen in many of the Luke Cage trailers, “Everybody Wants To Be The King“, the poster highlights Cottonmouth’s aspirations and perhaps his megalomania. Cottonmouth having said this phrase standing in front of a crowned picture of Biggie Smalls, gives viewers the idea that he sees himself as the King of Harlem. With his criminal enterprise combined with his cousin’s legitimate political power, he may indeed be much like a king.
We’ll see come September 30th how Luke Cage deals with this possible “King”, and any other folks trying to stake their claim to the throne of Harlem.