“Anyone who can take you on barehanded can’t be good for Harlem,” says Bobby Fish (Ron Cephas Jones) to Luke Cage (Mike Colter) in the new trailer for “Luke Cage” season two on Netflix (watch above). The series premiered on the streaming service in September 2016, and after almost two years away the show is finally coming back with new episodes on June 22. There’s a new villain in Harlem with the ability to beat the bulletproof title hero in hand-to-hand combat, but what about Thanos and the events of “Avengers: Infinity War”? “AVENGERS” SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!
“Luke Cage” is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that also includes fellow Netflix series “Jessica Jones,” “Daredevil” and “Iron Fist,” as well as movies including “Captain America,” “Iron Man,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and many more. Characters in the New York City-set Netflix shows often reference the cataclysmic battle against aliens that tore through Manhattan in the first “Avengers” movie in 2012, but the battle against Thanos in “Infinity War” should have much farther reaching consequences.
At the end of that film, the megalomaniacal purple monster collected the last infinity stone, snapped his fingers, and pulled a “Leftovers,” spontaneously wiping out half of the population of the universe in order to preserve intergalactic resources for the half that remained. That led to the disintegration of fan favorites like Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and it seems unlikely that the disappearances would have had no impact on the characters in the Netflix universe. The new season of “Luke Cage” will be the first new Marvel project since “Infinity War” opened on April 27, so will it address the events of the big-screen blockbuster?
From the looks of the trailer, no one seems to have noticed that half the people in the universe have vanished. It’s possible that season two of “Luke Cage” is intended to be set before the infamous Thanos snap. Perhaps it will include a big twist to coincide with the events of “Infinity War.” Or maybe the Netflix shows will simply break from the larger MCU continuity altogether. What do you think will happen? Check out new artwork and images from the new season below, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.