Sweet (three weeks before) Christmas: Netflix has picked up a second season of its Marvel Comics-based series “Luke Cage.”
The announcement came Sunday via a short video on the show’s Twitter page: A shot of the exterior of Pop’s Barbershop pushes in to show a neon sign reading “Season 2 Coming Soon.” No other details, including a premiere date, were released as of posting time.
“Luke Cage,” which stars Mike Colter as the title character, joins its Netflix/Marvel cohorts “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” in being renewed for second seasons (“Daredevil” has already aired Season 2 and been picked up for a third outing). The fourth show in the service’s Marvel portfolio, “Iron Fist,” premieres in March, and at some point all four lead characters will come together for a “Defenders” miniseries.
Netflix doesn’t release viewing figures. Symphony Advanced Media, a third-party company that uses audio recognition technology to tell what its users are watching, claims “Luke Cage” drew about 3.5 million adults 18-49 (equivalent to a 2.5 rating in the Nielsens) within five days of its Sept. 30 release. That puts it in the Top 5 of 20 Netflix shows Symphony has measured.
Netflix has never confirmed any viewing data from Symphony or other sources. The company also didn’t say anything about a server outage on the weekend “Luke Cage” was released, letting stand the notion the show was so popular that it overwhelmed the Netflix servers.
In addition to Colter, Season 1 of “Luke Cage” starred Rosario Dawson, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick and Theo Rossi. Cheo Hodari Coker created the show.