The new season of Luke Cage is almost here, and you know what that means. Another trailer has dropped, in anticipation of the second round of Luke Cage’s trials and tribulations in the mean streets of Harlem. This new trailer really focuses on both new and old villains that all seem to be fighting over control of Harlem, and Luke Cage, the biggest force of good in town, is caught in the middle.
Returning to the party is Chairwoman Mariah Dillard, who quietly rose to power at the end of the first season. After killing her own nephew, Cottonmouth, Dillard sat back as Luke Cage fought his deranged half-brother, Diamondback. Now, Dillard is set to control the Harlem underworld, as she says, “Harlem doesn’t need a hero, it needs a queen.” She is paired with her shady but seemingly loyal henchman, Shades, who will have his work cut out for him.
Debuting in Season 2 is the mysterious Bushmaster, who seems to be bulletproof like Luke Cage. Instead of all the villains raining down on Cage though, the new trailer shows the Bushmaster setting his sights on Mariah Dillard’s position.
The wildcard in all of this is Rosalie Carbone, who we only see a small glimpse of in this trailer. From what we know about her character in the comics, Carbone is a heavy hitter in the organized crime world, in this universe. The trailer gives us no inkling as to where her position is in all of this, nor the extent of her powers up against the other parties interested in gaining a monopoly of Harlem.
As for our hero and Defender, Luke Cage, it seems that Mariah, in an attempt to up her arsenal against the Bushmaster, will try to manipulate Cage’s righteousness and use him as a protector for her. No doubt, a bulletproof tyrant is far more dangerous than even the most deranged of women, but it looks like Cage has found himself between a rock and a hard place with Dillard and the Bushmaster.
You can see the newest trailer for Luke Cage Season 2 below:
Is Carbone going to side with Dillard and team up against the Bushmaster? Will she make an alliance with the more seemingly powerful entity, the Bushmaster, to get rid of Mariah Dillard once and for all? Will she appeal to Luke Cage and give him a reason to team up with her over Dillard?