- Confirmed. He briefly wore a yellow shirt and a chain belt when he stole some clothes after his experiment while still wearing the tiara and bracelets from his restraints. He soon tore it all off after declaring "I look like a damn fool."
- Jossed. Mariah spends the series trying to distance herself from her cousin's, and later Diamondback's, crime ring, though that doesn't make her any less dangerous or power-hungry.
- Jossed. Luke does beat up Turk, though it's to find out where Diamondback is. Turk himself tries to get back into the gunrunning business in the show.
- Jossed, Trish only "appears" via a voice on the radio. However, Luke does wear the Tiara at one point in a flashback. It's a remnant of the machine that gave him his powers.
- Jossed. It's teased at one point, though, when she has a serious gunshot wound on her arm.
- Confirmed, at least on the first count. She's definitely the most omnipresent villain in the series And she's the only one not out of commission by the end of the first season.
- Jossed. The two descended from a long-standing Harlem crime family. Although the fallout from Fisk's arrest is heavily referenced, with Mariah invoking it while Cottonmouth and Domingo are shaking hands on an arms deal as a way of telling them to exercise caution.
- Jossed. By series end, she has become just as awful as her comic counterpart.
- Jossed. He has no connections to HYDRA and is just a reimagining of the old Luke Cage villain, whose entire grudge with Luke is because Luke is messing with his criminal empire.
- Rand Corps owns it and this sets Cage up to meet Iron Fist. Danny will find out the Meachums bought the prison after his parents died and will set out to right that wrong.
- IGH from Jessica Jones (2015) owns it. There has already been a great deal of overlapping between the two shows, especially involving Reeva and the idea of human experimentation.
- The Real Mandarin owns it. In the Marvel One-Shot Hail To The King, we learn Trevor Slattery was sent to Seagate where he was killed by the real Mandarin. Perhaps it is no coincidence.
- Unlikely, given that in the one-shot the Mandarin had an agent infiltrate in as a media producer, kill the guard and Slattery's in-prison bodyguard/mook, and abduct him. If the Mandarin actually owned Seagate, it would be a far simpler solution to either (a) have the guards sequester Slattery for a nice long discussion, after which he would regrettably turn up dead and/or disappear, or (b) transfer him to an "undisclosed location". That neither of those happened suggests that the Mandarin was driven to take more overt action.
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Moses Magnum who has a long history with Luke Cage in the comics. It is hard to tell what movie studio owns him since he first appeared as a Spider-Man foe and has an origin tied to Apocalypse form the X-Men franchise, which many mean he belongs to either Sony or Fox. If not, then he belongs to Marvel Studios.
- Why else make Luke a former Marine, in addition to being a former cop? Mike Colter and Jon Bernthal are also just two years apart in age, so it's plausible that Luke and Frank Castle served in the same platoons.
- Or more likely it will be the Heroes for Hire/Defenders office since it's already a well known neutral spot and still honor Pop's legacy.
Fisk is collecting enough information to effectively manipulate the Harlem weapon trade. So in the future, Mariah will owe Fisk a considerable debt for all of Donovan's help, and Fisk is in need of a new weapons supplier for his enterprise after having wiped out the Russians, while Frank Castle had effectively wiped out the majority of his rivals in Hell's Kitchen, except for the Hand. As Fisk told Frank Castle during "Seven Minutes in Heaven", he is using his time behind bars to effectively establish control over organized crime in New York City's five boroughs. And similar to his orchestrating the bombing of the Russian hideouts and the shooting of the cops in "Condemned," he's doing so without having to throw a single punch himself.
However, a few things suggest that all or most of the events of Luke Cage took place before the last scene in Daredevil with Matt disclosing his secret identity to Karen. For one, in both shows, we can tell from the characters' choice of clothing that the plotlines of both seasons clearly start during the late summer/early fall when it's still very hot outside and end during the cold winter months.
Secondly, based on everything that we see during Karen's monologue in "A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen," Matt's reveal happens around Christmas Eve 2015 if not Christmas Day proper. This puts that scene after the police car dashcam incident, as the dashcam footage is date-stamped to December 1st. Based on the progress of the plot, everything that happens in Luke Cage between the dashcam incident, when Diamondback gets captured, and when the US Marshals arrest Luke at the precinct takes place within the timeframe of about two weeks, ending the show before December 18th of 2015.
This would be the likely way to make a good tie-in to The Defenders if Matt's reveal to Karen then gets interrupted by him being solicited to defend Luke. After all, throughout Luke Cage, Claire had repeatedly been trying to convince Luke to get hooked up with Matt.
- Nope, Willis has absolutely nothing to do with Season 2.
- As above, Willis has nothing to do with Season 2 nor does the Serpent Society.
It would also explain why Danny will be getting involved with the plot. McIver was one of the first rogues that Luke and Danny took on together in the Heroes for Hire, and Luke may need someone like Danny to teach him how to fight someone else with his superstrength.
- Yes, though it's a bit more complicated than that. He had already gained similar powers to Luke at the beginning of the Season, and his brief business with Mariah was only to indirectly leave her open to a takeover so he could thoroughly destroy her. He's ultimately supplanted by Mariah in the end.
- Kind of. Her arc was about not having a limb at all. Once she actually obtains her cybernetic arm she adjusts pretty quickly. Bailey also doesn't become her partner as she ends up taking over the precinct entirely.
- Nope, not even a mention.
- Well he does show up, but only to get the crap kicked out of him by the future Daughters of the Dragon.
- Well the effects of cheating come into play but it's about Luke's initial inability to forgive his father for what he's done (and even then it's more for his actions after the fact and not the actual cheating itself). But instead the season highlights more the effects of abusive relationships.
Maybe he's related to one of the gangsters Diamondback killed when he crashed the secret meeting at Colon's Gym, and is going to target Luke seeing as Diamondback is in custody.
- Nope. The only issue he had (at least initially) with Luke was that Luke had Harlem's heart which he felt would undercut him if he were to take over the underground. After that only a rivalry.
The second trailer suggests that the main conflict is going to not be between Luke and Bushmaster, but between Bushmaster and Mariah. As in, Bushmaster wants Mariah's territory for himself. But Mariah and Shades are just normal people with no special abilities of their own, aside from Shades' street-smarts and Mariah's political connections. The trailer shows the two taking major hits from Bushmaster, such as Luke rescuing Mariah after Bushmaster tries to kill her by burning down her brownstone, Bushmaster laying siege to Harlem's Paradise, Bushmaster delivering a threatening message to a captive Shades, and a later point where we see Shades and Mariah trying to shoot Bushmaster. These, combined with another point where we see Luke and Mariah conversing in the private office at Harlem's Paradise, suggest that Mariah and Shades are going to realize that Luke is really the only person who stands a chance of stopping Bushmaster for good.
Luke, for his part, will be reluctant to work with the councilwoman who framed him for murder and threw him back in Seagate, but the more time goes on, the more he'll realize that he has to pick his poison, and protect Mariah to defeat Bushmaster. Which will line up perfectly with what Mike Colter has said in interviews about Luke crossing some new moral lines that were never explored in season 1.
- At first that was the case as Bushmaster had gone nuts with terroristic attacks trying to get at her. But in the process, Mariah ends up completely snapping and going into Let Me Be Evil territory in revenge. After creating a nasty massacre at an innocent restaurant and even burning Bushmaster's uncle alive, the script flips. Not only does Luke help Bushmaster periodically, but pretty much every single character in the entire season makes it a mission to put Mariah down once and for all (outside of her lawyer).
And after he gets corrupted, Misty tries to bring him in. Luke will prove too much, so Misty calls in Jessica, Danny, and Colleen to help bring him in, turning it into a sort of Defenders vs Cage situation.