Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 2 (2018)


Season 2
Marvel's Luke Cage

Critics Consensus

In its second season, Marvel's Luke Cage delivers a satisfyingly complex narrative and a solid ensemble cast led by Alfre Woodard's standout performance as the archvillainess Black Mariah.



Critic Ratings: 59


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User Ratings: 1078
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Air date: Jun 22, 2018
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After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can't save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.


Mike Colter
as Luke Cage
Alfre Woodard
as Mariah Dillard
Simone Missick
as Misty Knight
Mahershala Ali
as Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes
Theo Rossi
as Shades
Frank Whaley
as Rafael Scarfe
Rosario Dawson
as Claire Temple
Sonia Braga
as Soledad Temple
Annabella Sciorra
as Rosalie Carbone
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Critic Reviews for Marvel's Luke Cage Season 2

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (15)

A great, great season, that really puts the focus on Harlem this time around.

Jan 4, 2019 | Full Review…

This cast is as beautiful as they are charismatic.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Bloated, disheveled story but a super soundtrack and performance by Reg E. Cathey.

Jun 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It takes a season for Luke to find some sense of certainty, for better or for worse. The next step of his journey may be the most fascinating. But it could have come a whole lot sooner.

Jun 25, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Judging from the second season's carefully paced opening, with unresolved family tensions quivering in all directions, it seems this show won't be making the same mistake twice.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

There's just too much stuff to really do justice to any of it, and that lack of focus makes it tough to latch on to anything the season is trying to do.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

'Luke Cage' takes a step forward in its second season, that overcomes the first one. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The one character that is disserviced is Cage himself, but even then a lot of episodes in the middle he's fine. Overall, a strong entry in the MCU, just not a great one.

Feb 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Luke Cage Season 2 isn't easily watchable, but it is enjoyable for the most part, and he remains the most consistently written and utilized character in the NYC centred Marvel universe.

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

[The] second season may or may not repeat that feat, but it sure packs a lot more punch.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 2

  • 4d ago
    This second season was even better than the first one!
  • Sep 10, 2019
    Season one started off well then towards the end and up to half way through season 2 it took a turn for the worse. Too many story lines I just didn't care about (Dillard Family included) and characters that weren't worthy of attention. I don't know how they wanted us to feel about Miriah and her arc. What's with Misty's partner, terrible acting. I thought he was the director so he gave himself a part but no. At times I felt like I was watching a network crime drama complete with excessive filler scenes and bad acting. The series didn't need nearly so many episodes. The worst sin in my mind for TV is wasting the viewers time. It ain't all bad but not good enough.
  • Sep 09, 2019
    Painful to watch at times. Musical interludes. Characters flipping from one episode to the next. An ending that leaves the viewer completely unsatisfied. Marvel once again takes one of my favorite characters and craps all over him.
  • Sep 08, 2019
    It was hard going into this season knowing it was the last. I enjoy that Luke Cage struggles on the edge of good and that his advisories are equally complex characters. Alfre Woodward is absolutely amazing this season as Mariah who is one of the most interesting characters on screen. To see such a real, unflinching look at sexual abuse and how it changes a person was really powerful. And to see her sexy relationship with the younger Theo Rossi's Shades (also great) was another thing you don't get to see enough. Mike Colter is still great as Luke Cage and I especially loved the scenes with his father, the wonderful Reg E. Cathey. Simone Missick comes into her own as Detective Misty Knight dealing with the loss of her arm and with continued politics and drama in the police department while trying to get shit done. The Defenders crossover could have been better if it had been Jessica Jones, but Iron Fist is a block of wood and the lack of charisma is contagious - it's difficult to watch Luke "pal around" and try to explain privilege to the inept Danny Rand. I was also disappointed with the conclusion of the Claire storyline - completely contrived and the mention at the end was a total cop out. It's really disappointing that this is where this story ends - in moral ambiguity. I think the Hero of Harlem and his audience deserve more.
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Great villains, good stories, good action.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    Similar pros and cons as season 1. Mike Colter is once again great, but also the terrific performance of Mustafa Shakir as Bushmaster, who turns out to be one of my favorite villains in all the Marvel CU. Alfre Woodard is back and chews even more scenery. Again, it suffers from too much filler slowing it down (a problem with most of these Marvel Netflix shows) this might have been great instead of just OK. The way it's left at the end promised that season 3 would have either been amazing or a horrible mess. Guess we won't ever find out.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    okay season no where near as good as the first iron fist was ok as a guest on the show but it did not work as well without cottonmouth
  • May 17, 2019
    This series was a real step up for the black heroes in the MCU, and add that with the ambitious crossover with the Defenders of New York city and here comes a very good TV series that was realistic and down to earth with with emphasis put of character feeling and morality rather than action. This down to earth aspect applies to all Netflix marvel TV series. The action is kept realistic as well, with amazingly shot sequences with shaky cam that makes everything more immersive. The actors did a really good job delivering the protagonist and the antagonist characters as well. Except maybe for Mariah's emotional scenes where over done. The simple but the writing and plot unfold in a way that tests the heroes and villains on the same level, and messes with the viewers moral borders. Overall it's a very good TV series which only faults in very small details that simply couldn't have been done better for now. Plus the originality of the music is also massively appreciated.
  • May 10, 2019
    A great season with quite some unexpected character development along the way, paving the path to be being the King of Harlem. Everyone really wants a piece of the crown jewel. Loved all the references to the bible, historical figures & movies. Marvel's Netflix series has always been dark as compared to its MCU movies & Luke Cage season 2 doesn't shy from it. Don't really like what they did with some characters but I guess they all fit into the story of this season relatively well. So long Luke, for now...
  • Apr 28, 2019
    The first-rate characters, music, and style from before are back, but 'Luke Cage' takes a plodding turn in its second season as it becomes yet another dull crime drama set in Netflix's portion of the MCU. There are sterling elements, such as Alfre Woodard utterly relishing the scenery she chews, as well as the criminally underused Bushmaster family drama with the Stokes/Dillards. Playing in the background during the presence of Bushmaster and his Jamaican gang, you'll never see reggae music the same as Mustafa Shakir's viciously formidable villain makes his way onto the streets of Harlem. Season 2 takes it too slow, though, as many scenes and full episodes continue for interminable lengths of time that really try one's attention. All the great Bushmaster material isn't as far into the spotlight as one would hope, either, and a strange, underdeveloped and underexplored internal conflict with darkness also take away the selling point of Luke's kind nature without justifying the choppy arc's out of place inclusion.

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