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Alfre Woodard's Mariah Dillard returns in final trailer for Luke Cage Season 2

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Jun 12, 2018

In 10 days, Harlem's hero returns to Netflix for a second season of bulletproof, fireproof, pretty much everything-proof butt-kicking. Yes, the crime fighter known as Luke Cage is almost back with us, and to celebrate that fact, the streaming giant has released a new trailer for the upcoming season.

It teases the return of Alfre Woodard's Mariah Dillard, who feels that Harlem deserves a queen, occupying the spot once held by her cousin, Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes. With Shades (Theo Rossi) at her side, she's prepared to do whatever it takes to gain power, whether that means selling guns or setting people on fire. 

However, her empire is threatened by the arrival of a new villain, Mustafa Shakir, more commonly known as Bushmaster (John McIver), and it looks like he's got the low-down on Mariah's darkest secrets as well as some bulletproof skin of his own. Based on this fact, it seems as if this take on the classic Cage antagonist will have some type of spin on his "Power Master" abilities from the comics, which should let him go toe to toe with Cage.

Watch the new preview below:

Hot off his partnership with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist in The Defenders, Luke (Mike Colter) returns to Harlem, finding himself protecting the very woman he tried to bring down last season. "Harlem can only handle one devil at a time," he says, right after we see him rescue Dillard from a burning building.

Sadly, she's not very grateful, feeling that Cage will do all the "dirty work" of defeating Bushmaster, which allows her to focus on her criminal enterprises. "My dark chocolate boy scout, of course you're going to save me," says a smug Mariah to Luke, whose hoodie is, as usual, pocked with bullet holes. 

Season 2 of Marvel's Luke Cage smashes onto Netflix June 22. The promos for the latest batch of episodes have been ramping up this week, with the premiere date looming so close. Just yesterday, the official Luke Cage Twitter account released a short "ad" for Rand Enterprises, focusing on the bionic arm given to Misty Knight after her arm was sliced off by Bakuto in Defenders.

In a universe where Iron Man exists and alien tech is literally raining from the sky, you can bet the good scientific minds at Rand have a lot of reference material with which to make major leaps in the field of robotic prosthetics.