‘Luke Cage’ Villains Explained: From Cottonmouth to Black Mariah

     October 3, 2016


Sweet Christmas! The day has finally arrived when Marvel’s first and foremost hero for hire, Luke Cage, hits the scene with his own series from Netflix. Following fast on the heels of his successful predecessors, Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Luke Cage’s show promises to explore the Harlem side of things in the city of New York. Cage himself is a man who was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. While in lockdown, the only way that Cage could reduce his prison time, and subsequently survive, was to undergo a series of experiments that resulted in him gaining super powers. Said abilities include super strength and unbreakable skin which makes him bullet-proof and grants him invulnerability approaching the level of Superman.

With all this being said, what’s a good hero without villains to impede his path? Pulling from Luke Cage’s comic book history, the Netflix series has decided to bring to life the antagonists of Harlem’s hero in the forms of Cottonmouth, Black Mariah, Shades and Diamondback. While obviously these villains will be drastically altered to reflect the more down-to-Earth setting of Cage’s Marvel Cinematic Universe world, don’t expect them to be any less dangerous.