The Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t have much in the way of secret identities for its superheroes. Everyone knows who Captain America and Iron Man were before Black Widow dumped all of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the internet during Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The various characters on the Netflix end of the MCU aren’t as forward about their identities. Jessica isn’t exactly hiding, but she isn’t putting herself out there, either. Luke Cage, on the other hand, made sure that everyone knew who he was and his fight against Diamondback was highly publicized. The people of Harlem know who he is, and that is going to play into season two, according to star Mike Colter.
Colter was at Houston’s Comicpalooza (quote via MCU Exchange) and spoke about what we could expect from season two:
“It’s something that we’ll explore in the Defenders and hopefully in Season 2 of Cage which I start very soon. It’s very different. He’s out. People know what he looks like. He’s not in any kind of disguise. People know where he lives. They know where to find him so its something he has to deal with. Most superheroes don’t have to deal with that and can kind of keep it separate.”
It’s a classic superhero story for a loved one to get caught up in the antics of the hero once the villain learns who they are. It’s something that was explored in the original Raimi Spider-Man movies, but due to the nature of the various heroes in the MCU, it isn’t something we’ve seen explored here yet. Luke is a perfect character to do that; he might be bulletproof, but he has other weaknesses. It’s something that Alexandra says in the trailer for The Defenders: “the more connections you have, the easier it will be to break you.”
The Defenders will stream to Netflix August 18th. Stay tuned to find out when Luke Cage season two will be released.