Luke Cage Season 2 Announced by Netflix
*This article does NOT contain spoilers
Your friendly neighbourhood bulletproof hero is back with a second season. Luke Cage season 2 was announced on the official Netflix Twitter & Facebook pages via a neon sign in the window of Pop’s Barber Shop seen here
— Luke Cage (@LukeCage) December 4, 2016
Season 1 was generally well received by fans and critics alike and will be the third Marvel show to receive a second season by Netflix after Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
With Luke Cage season 2 coming up, let’s take a look back at the history of the character.
Luke Cage (born Carl Lucas) was originally introduced by Marvel in 1972 reflecting the rise in popularity of the blaxploitation genre. The characters persona was influenced by early blaxploitation films like Shaft (1971) and frequently used the catchphrase “Sweet Christmas”. Cage became the first character to feature in the grungier, high crime neighbourhoods of New York City, rarely inhabited by other Marvel characters.
He originally debuted in his own series called Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. The series then became Luke Cage, Power Man from issue #17 on, but the character failed to support his own series after the blaxploitation genre started to wane in popularity.
Fun Fact: During the 1990’s Quentin Tarantino was going to make Luke Cage: Hero for Hire into a film, but ended up making Pulp Fiction instead.
To save both characters from cancellation Luke Cage was paired with martial arts hero Iron Fist. The title changed from Power Man to Power Man & Iron Fist in issue #50 and remained until its cancellation in September of 86 (issue #125).
Luke Cage was revived in 1992 as “Cage” and the comics were mainly set in the Chicago area. In an effort to shed the characters original 1970’s persona heavily rooted in the blaxploitation genre the front cover of the new series showed Cage destroying his original costume. The series ran for 20 issues and Cage has since featured in Heros for Hire, Alias (Jessica Jones), Secret War, The Pulse, Daredevil, the Dark Avengers, the New Avengers and the Mighty Avengers.
While he occasionally appears in comics for short runs, the Luke Cage character has never really had a long run with an independent or team series. The character seemed an unusual choice for an adaptation but Luke Cage became the most popular show on Netflix in 2016.
With season 2 on its way, stay tuned for updates.