'Luke Cage' Casts Two New Supervillains For its Second Season

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 - 9:45PM
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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 - 9:45PM
'Luke Cage' Casts Two New Supervillains For its Second Season
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Harlem's a little short on villains after the events of Luke Cage's last season, but New York never goes too long without supervillains in the MCU, and Luke is likely to throw down against some new faces if the new casting announcement is any indication.

In a press releaseMarvel just announced that actors Mustafa Shakir (The Deuce) and Gabrielle Dennis (Rosewood) have officially been cast in the second season of Luke Cage, which hasn't got an official release date just yet. Shakir will be playing John McIver, who's referred to as "a natural leader, brimming with charisma, whose mission is focused on Harlem and vengeance," while Dennis will play someone named Tilda Johnson, "a brilliant, holistic doctor with a complicated history in Harlem" and who always seems to attract trouble somehow.

What the press release leaves out is that both of these names are attached to supervillains in Marvel comics. John McIver is known as a crime boss named "Bushmaster," and depending on which version of the character Netflix chooses to adapt (there are a couple), there's a chance Bushmaster could end up with some bionic arms or metal-related powers. A later version of the character has a very distinctive snake theme as well, although that isn't the John McIver version. 

The other character, Tilda Johnson, is more well known by the name of "Nightshade." Her backstory is a little more interesting, because her villainous schemes normally involve various scientific concoctions she whips up, which range from mind-controlling pheromones to a serum that turns people into werewolves. Now, there's almost zero chance that a show as grounded as Luke Cage will include a werewolf subplot next season, but "Luke Cage versus werewolves" honestly sounds like great TV.



Executive producer and Marvel bigwig Jeph Loeb had only positive things to say of the new cast members - he mentions that Nightshade's role in particular is "very complicated," but we don't know yet whether werewolves will be what complicate things:

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"Mustafa's incredible presence and power ignited us from our first meeting, and Gabrielle brings the charm and smarts to a very complicated role. Both will be wonderful additions to our already magnificent cast."
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Whatever the two villains get into, they're likely to get mixed up with season one villain Shades, because actor Theo Rossi recently confirmed the sunglasses-wearing criminal will be returning for season two. Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) will also be returning, so even if Diamondback and Cottonmouth don't return (Marvel was probably kicking themselves when Mahershala Ali won an Oscar just after they wrote him off the show), Luke Cage is going to have his bulletproof hands full.

Luke Cage season 2 is expected to come sometime in 2018. In the meantime, Luke Cage will star alongside Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist in The Defenders, which premieres August 18, 2017 on Netflix.

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