Newswire: A new villain and a mysterious doctor come to season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage

Just a few months after playing a villain in the first season of Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix, Mahershala Ali had become one of the biggest stars in the country. That was mostly due to his work in Moonlight, but you never know what kind of magical blessing he received after working on the Marvel show. Now, though, at least we know who might be the next person to get that huge Luke Cage bump, as Marvel itself has announced that The Night Of‘s Mustafa Shakir has been cast as a new villain for the show’s second season. Shakir will be playing John McIver, a “natural leader, brimming with charisma” who comic book fans may recognize as a low-level crook named Bushmaster—continuing the weirdly unaddressed snake theme established by last season’s villains Cottonmouth and Diamondback. Assuming the Luke Cage bump is real, Shakir should be …

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