Let’s hope this guy ends up better than Diamondback did. At least he looks like an actual physical threat to Luke Cage, rather than a lame dude in a goofy suit.
The second season of Luke Cage finds the titular hero returned to Harlem after clearing his name. As you’d expect of a bulletproof black man as handsome as Mike Colter, he finds some serious fame in the area. Then at some point, he gets beat down by a new villain; another bulletproof black man with some nice fighting moves named Bushmaster. From there you can assume Luke spends the rest of the season trying to stop his new nemesis. Misty and Claire will be there to help him (or have Luke help them if you ask Misty), while previous villains like Mariah also work to make their lives miserable.
Misty’s new arm should help things along. Look at it! It’s beautiful.
I do have to wonder at the decision to make the villain a tougher, better mirror of Luke himself. I know it’s a staple of comic books and therefore comic book shows, but maybe that’s the issue. I’ve seen this too many times. I hoped for a more cerebral threat that would require something more from Luke than throwing hands a little better than he was the first time around. We may still get that. Mariah’s still running around, after all.
Whatever the case, I hope showrunner Cheo Coker finds a balance between the extremes of the first season’s two halves.
Season 2 of Luke Cage hits Netflix on June 22. A potentially good sign; it’s only eight episodes. About time. Marvel’s Netflix shows just can’t pace properly over 13 episodes.