Fans rejoiced after Netflix announced on Twitter and Facebook that “Luke Cage” was renewed for a second season. Its 13-episode first season was released Sept. 30, and caused an outburst of excitement from supporters. After the streaming giant announced its renewal Sunday, Dec. 4, that enthusiasm was equally matched.
The upcoming season’s details are scant, but the series posted a video confirming the news using a sign in Pop’s Barber Shop that simply said, “Season 2 coming soon.”
— Luke Cage (@LukeCage) December 4, 2016
In response to the renewal of the show, which follows a bulletproof Black superhero in Harlem, Twitter reacted enthusiastically.
MrMrsballen used a GIF to show her feelings.
— mrmrsballen ♈️🧷 (@barryiriswa1) December 4, 2016
Angela was pleasantly surprised, to put it mildly.
i woke up to DAPL being blocked and luke cage being renewed for season 2 is it still 2016 i'm not used to hearing such good news
— angela (@captaindeadpooI) December 5, 2016
Schoolchick Q figured the show had to come back for another season.
Meanwhile, even though Mike Cotler’s Luke Cage is the star, Arianne looked forward to more from a detective played by Simone Missick.
— arianne (@binettea93) December 4, 2016
Cheo Coker, showrunner and creator of “Luke Cage,” also shared his feelings on his Twitter account.
Sweet Christmas arrived 21 days early! Season Two coming soon! Forward….Always.
— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) December 4, 2016
The happiness over “Luke Cage’s” renewal shouldn’t come as a surprise. When the show debuted on Netflix, Atlanta Black Star reported that the site became temporarily unavailable as fans raced to binge watch the entire season.
Still, the series isn’t just a celebration of Blackness but a commentary, as well. The superhero’s trademark black hoodie was purposely integrated as a tribute to Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Black teenager gunned down by George Zimmerman in 2012.
“It’s a nod to Trayvon, no question,” Cotler told The Huffington Post Canada in October. “Trayvon Martin and people like him. People like Jordan Davis, a kid who was shot because of the perception that he was a danger.
“When you’re a Black man in a hoodie, all of a sudden, you’re a criminal.”
The series flips that notion on its head by making Luke Cage a black man who becomes invincible because of his hoodie.
“It becomes his cape,” Coker said of the clothing. “And then you have this thing where we are redefining what a Black man in a hoodie means.”