Shortly before Jessica Jones‘ second season premiered on Netflix this week we finally got a trailer and release date for the next season of Luke Cage. It gave us a good look at Cage’s new life as the hero of Harlem and hints at someone trying to take him down. He is now a public figure working out of Harlem that will probably attract some unwanted attention. Alongside the trailer, we also got an official synopsis and some pictures that help show the show’s new direction.
“After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.”
It seems we are getting a much more action-focused season, especially highlighted in the last two pictures. Cage may have unbreakable skin but even he has his limits. Luckily, Missy will help him out with her new robot hand alongside Danny Rand, who we know will make an appearance in the second season. What truly stands out is the fully restored Pop’s Barber Shop. The first season gave us many hints at it potentially becoming a headquarters for the Heroes for Hire. It is still a possibility but Cage stayed true to his words to bring back this iconic location as a symbol for Harlem.
Something that also makes Luke Cage stand out amongst the Marvel Netflix is how showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker names the various episodes. Last season, the episodes were named after Gang Starr songs. It did not take long for Coker to reveal the inspiration for the second season in a tweet.
Season Two's episodes are named in honor of PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH. @PeteRock you had no idea, did you? Lol.
— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) March 7, 2018
This is quite an interesting choice and hopefully could also be a hint at more cameos from famous musicians in the upcoming season. We got a cameo by Method Man and an original song from him inspired by the bulletproof hero. The jokingly mention of Pete Rock having no idea could also be a hint at him potentially being involved with the show’s soundtrack. It will be quite exciting to see what direction they are heading with the soundtrack.
Are you excited for the second season? Do you have any theories which songs will be used as episode titles?