With The Defenders having wrapped production a little over a month ago, it’s only now that some of the cast members have gotten some free time to make the convention rounds. Speaking at Houston’s Comicpalooza last weekend, Mike Colter revealed some details about the much-awaited sophomore season of Luke Cage, confirming that he’s shooting real soon and dishing out a ballpark release date for its premiere.

I’m about to start next month. When the Defenders comes out on August 18, that’ll be something we can hold onto for a little while and we can enjoy that. And hopefully, we’ll get to see Luke Cage out early next year.

Being the greedy fans we are, the thing that bugs us the most with each release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, be it the Netflix shows or the films, is that they’re damn too far apart. We’re a greedy and impatient bunch despite the embarrassment of Marvel riches we have at our fingertips. If we had our way, the second of season of Luke Cage would premiere the week after The Defenders. But with Punisher, Cloak & Dagger, Runaways Inhumans, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Thor: Ragnarok, still in tow a few months after The Defenders premieres on Netflix on August 18, we have still have enough MCU content to bide our interests until Season 2 comes out. Heck, Like I said, an embarrassment of Marvel riches.

As for the estimated early 2018 premiere date, it makes sense. A thirteen episode Netflix show such as the Marvel ones take about 9 months to produce (physical and post-production included) and we know casting and 2nd unit has begun. Alongside Season 2 of Daredevil, Season 1 of Luke Cage started filming around during this time of 2015 but premiered way late in September 2016 compared to Daredevil’s March date so its likely Luke Cage Season 2 premieres around the March to May period.

Big thanks to our good friends and former collaborators at the It’s All Connected Podcast for hooking us up with the audio recording of the panel. You can check out their podcasts over at HHWLOD!

What do you think of an early 2018 premiere date for Luke Cage Season 2? Are you impatient like me and want it now? Let us know in the comments below!