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‘Luke Cage’ season 2: Everything we know so far

Never has there been such a booming economy for superheroes. On top of the massive movies released via Marvel Studios and Warner Bros./D.C. each year, Netflix is home to the five Defenders series, which have largely been received well by fans. One of the five, Luke Cage, is primed for a new run of episodes.

With the strong, resilient hero returning to Netflix for a new season on June 22, here’s everything we know about season 2 so far.

Showing off

On April 26, Netflix published a clip from the second season of Luke Cage. The clip shows Cage undergoing a series of physical tests similar to those administered at the NFL Combine — running a 40-yard dash, flipping a truck tire, and performing a broad jump — and, as you might expect, absolutely destroying them. ESPN commentators Michael Smith and Jemele Hill (His & Hers) bear witness, showing some surprise at Cage’s abilities.

Check out the clip below.

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A June premiere

According to a tweet on Tuesday, March 6, from the official Luke Cage account, the nigh-invulnerable defender of Harlem will be making his small-screen return on June 22.

Step up. I am Harlem and Harlem is me. pic.twitter.com/nCgSY2EK4n — Luke Cage (@LukeCage) March 6, 2018

A return set in Iron

It’s unknown how many episodes of Luke Cage will feature Finn Jones’ character, Danny Rand, but a new photo from the season reveals that the kung fu master will indeed have a presence in the second solo series for star Mike Colter’s steel-skinned protagonist.

The photo debuted at Entertainment Weekly, but the article that accompanied it is light on details regarding the extent of Iron Fist’s presence in the series.

‘Luke Cage’ season 2: Everything we know so far

Given the long history of Iron Fist and Luke Cage as hero partners in Marvel’s comic-book universe, it’s no surprise that their live-action counterparts are sharing more screen time down the road. After meeting each other in The Defenders team-up series, Luke Cage and Iron Fist seemingly parted ways. However, Iron Fist promised to help Misty Knight (Simone Missick) recover from the injuries she suffered in that series — so his role in Luke Cage could be as simple as checking in on Misty at the hospital.

Cage casting

What we know about the second season of Luke Cage so far is minimal, but we do have confirmation that Colter will return as Luke, along with Missick as Misty (boasting a new CM© toy, too), Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, and Theo Rossi as Shades.

Newcomers to the series that have been confirmed so far include Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce) as John McIver, a character described as “a natural leader, brimming with charisma, whose mission is focused on Harlem and vengeance,” as well as Gabrielle Dennis (Insecure, Rosewood) as Tilda Johnson, a “brilliant, holistic doctor with a complicated history in Harlem where, as much as she tries to stay far from trouble, it seems to always find her.”

Lucy Liu was previously announced as the director of the second season premiere of Luke Cage.

The exact premiere date for the season has yet to be announced by Netflix, but the series is expected to return in 2018.

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