For Marvel fans, it’s gonna be a sweet Christmas indeed. Over the weekend, Netflix announced a second-season order for this year’s streaming hit, Luke Cage.
That should come as very little surprise to anybody who’s been paying attention. Netflix’s collaboration with Marvel continues to be damn near bulletproof. Having debuted this past September, Luke Cage is the third Marvel/Netflix collaboration thus far, following on the heels and rock-solid buzz of Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Luke Cage stars Mike Colter as the titular bulletproof vigilante, who protects the mean streets of Harlem while trying to build a new life for himself.
Like Daredevil and Jessica Jones before it, Luke Cage is part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, an interconnected multimedia shared universe that began in films like Iron Man and Avengers. In addition to the Netflix shows, the TV side of the MCU also includes ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the late Agent Carter. Marvel also has a Runaways series in development with Hulu, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet if if will be part of the MCU canon or its own standalone thing.
On the Netflix front, 2017 already has three new Marvel shows slated. Iron Fist debuts on March 17, 2017. The Defenders miniseries will premiere later in the year, uniting the protagonists of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist against a shared enemy. Also due in 2017 is The Punisher, a Daredevil spinoff focused on the gun-wielding vigilante Frank Castle (played by The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal). Beyond that, Netflix has ordered a third season of Daredevil and a second season of Jessica Jones, but neither have announced target release dates yet. 2018 seems like a good bet. It’s possible a second season of Luke Cage might land a 2018 slot as well, but time will tell.
In the meantime, the first season of Luke Cage is available for streaming on Netflix Instant.