A brand-new episode of the Freeform hit airs tonight!

Today, Marvel Television gave the first official look at Ally Maki’s character, Mina Hess, on the hit series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” see above!

Mina Hess is described as “a brilliant environmental engineer convinced that science will save the world, if the corporate suits will just get out of her way.” The original, new character will serve as “a mirror, a mentor, and a friend to Tandy.” Maki’s Mina Hess will make her debut on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” in next week’s episode titled ‘Princeton Offense,’ as Tandy is consumed with getting answers about the Roxxon cover up.

The role is Maki’s first foray into Marvel cinematic universe. Earlier this year, at the Freeform Summit, Maki exclusively shared with Marvel.com her excitement for the project. “Working with Marvel has always been one of my dreams,” revealed Maki. “My favorite character is Groot so anytime I see Groot, I’m just like, ‘We live in the same universe now!’ It’s mind-blowing. But I’m so incredibly stoked!”

What was it like working with Olivia Holt, who plays Tandy Bowen on the series? “The moment I met her, we had this girl chemistry,” gushed Maki. “Sometimes it takes a minute to get to know someone, but with Olivia, she’s so wonderful, so kind, funny and gorgeous. We had this instant girl crush bond thing. We worked together pretty much the whole time, so it’s definitely going to be a strong sisterhood duo that you see up there.”

“The most important thing about my character is that she’s this amazing environment engineer,” added Maki, a passion she possess in her everyday personal life. “The way that Tandy and Mina work together…we’re science girls. I believe in the environment and climate change, and what we’re doing to the planet. This is something that the next generation should be extremely aware of and vocal about.” Maki has hope that it sparks an interest in young viewers who don’t typically see two young women interested in science on television. She’s also incredibly excited for the Asian American community to witness “an empowered, strong woman who is cool in a different way.”

“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” comes full circle for Maki. The project reunites the star with the Freeform network, which she previously worked on “10 Things I Hate About You.” In addition, Marvel.com learned that Maki used to be real-life roommates with another Marvel badass lady, Chloe Bennet AKA Daisy “Quake” Johnson, who helped her feel welcomed joining the Marvel family.

Brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” air exclusively on Freeform Thursdays at 8p/7c! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” and Marvel Television! Be sure to follow @CloakandDagger on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” Facebook page!

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Iron Man, Thor, Jessica Jones, Ant-Man, Deadpool, Taika Waititi (!) and more get Funko'd at SDCC!

Funko’s selection of Marvel exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 has been revealed and it includes blockbuster heroes, timeless fan favorites, and an iconic director!

Fans of recent Marvel projects will enjoy Kraglin from Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Jessica Jones Rock Candy, Thor with Odin Force, and Valkyrie Pop!s.

Funko’s latest Director Pop! is the incomparable Taika Waititi, who directed Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” and whose outfit is covered in pineapple print!

Funko also has the age-old battle between Captain America and Red Skull in the form a Dorbz 2-pack, a Classic Ant-Man Pop!, and an Iron Man Mark I Pop! in celebration of 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Last, but certainly not least, the pink glitter Cheerleader Deadpool Pop! rounds out Funko’s Marvel exclusives for SDCC 2018!

Check out all of Funko’s SDCC Marvel exclusives in the gallery below:

For more on all things Marvel at SDCC 2018, keep checking in at Marvel.com.

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Looking back at the comics inspiration behind the villain of 'Marvel's Luke Cage' Season 2!

Mustafa Shakir will play the formidable Bushmaster in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2, debuting Friday, June 22 on Netflix. The live action incarnation of the character has his own compelling backstory and motivations, but is inspired by the Marvel comic book character of the same name.

Bushmaster has only made a few appearances since his debut in 1977’s IRON FIST #15, but clearly he’s made an impression. In advance of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2, we’re taking a closer look at Bushmaster’s greatest hits throughout Marvel comic history.

Troubled Youth – CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

  • Published: January 10, 1991
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: December 05, 2016
What is Marvel Unlimited?

As a kid growing up in the Caribbean, John McIver would entertain himself by seeing how much fruit he could swipe from the local vendors, even if that meant his little brother Quincy tagged along. One night, Quincy got caught stealing by the shopkeeper. John later killed the man, propelling himself on a path that would lead him to a gun smuggler known as Herve Argosy.

John got Quincy in on the action too, but during a job, the younger McIver lost his arms and legs in a boat propeller accident. John didn’t stay around to help his brother recuperate, instead heading to Europe where he would eventually start taking over for the Maggia crime families after killing as many of their members as it took. Before leaving though, John told Quincy that he would take on the name Bushmaster.

Knight Falls on Cutlass Bay – IRON FIST #15

Iron Fist (1975) #15

Iron Fist (1975) #15

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In his very first appearance, McIver unwittingly played host to Misty Knight who had taken on an undercover assignment to infiltrate the mob boss’s Cutlass Bay estate. Operating under the alias Maya Korday, Knight kept close to John for a while without him getting a whiff of her deception.

The Truth Revealed – MARVEL TEAM-UP #63

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #63

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #63

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Bushmaster still had Knight spying on him when he arrived in New York’s Hudson Bay some time later. Before a big party, Bushmaster ordered a hired killer to murder Iron Fist. Knight blew her cover to get the details on the time and place of the attack, tossed Bushmaster around, and used her bionic arm to evade his goons. However, the deception lead the Maggia boss to add this mystery woman to his hit list.

Master of Manipulation – POWER MAN #48#49

Power Man (1974) #48

Power Man (1974) #48

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To get Knight, Bushmaster forced Luke Cage into an impossible position…he had to find her for the villain or see two of his best friendsClaire Temple and Noah Bursteindie. With Camanche and Shades watching, Cage fought Colleen Wing, Knight, and Iron Fist in Danny Rand’s house before telling them the truth. The four heroes then joined forces and took the fight to Bushmaster at Seagate Prison. There, he coerced Burstein to upgrade the experiments that turned Cage into Power Man with threats against Temple. The process proved a success and Bushmaster fought Cage to a standstill until a beam pierced a vat of chemicals that dowsed them both and caused an explosion that seemingly killed the villain.

Power Man (1974) #49

Power Man (1974) #49

What is Marvel Unlimited?

This story notably marks the first time Luke Cage and Iron Fist met in the comics, leading to their long friendship and partnership. So we can thank Bushmaster for his role in that!

Things Fall Apart – POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #67

Power Man and Iron Fist (1978) #67

Power Man and Iron Fist (1978) #67

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Bushmaster survived, though in a less stable form as his body slowly began turning into metal. In an attempt to remove the powers Burstein’s experiments imbued him with, the villain once again threatened the scientist and had Power Man kidnapped to act as a guinea pig. When Iron Fist attempted to save his friend, Bushmaster moved to pull a switch that would kill Burstein’s wife. Danny Rand rushed to stop the movement, but Bushmaster turned to metal before he could send the final order. As the heroes made a break for it, Bushmaster’s body crumbled to pieces.

A Snake Of A Sibling – CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

  • Published: January 10, 1991
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: December 05, 2016
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Quincy McIver’s story didn’t end in a hospital as he recuperated from the loss of his extremities. While there, a Roxxon representative offered him the chance to take part in an experimental prosthetic surgery that could replace his limbs. Quincy agreed, but had no idea that the scientists intended to give him bionic arms…and a snake tail instead of legs. He also took on the name Bushmaster and joined up with various versions of the Serpent Society over the years. Unlike his brother, he’s still slithering around the Marvel Universe, giving everyone from Captain America to Jessica Jones trouble along the way.

Cruz Control – CAGE #12

Cage (1992) #12

Cage (1992) #12

What is Marvel Unlimited?

In the wake of his father’s death, John’s son Cruz stepped up and took over his dad’s duties with the Maggia. He also collected the pieces of his father from the bottom of the ocean and hired Hardcore to get Cage to inadvertently help him take over his dad’s power. Cruz got more than he bargained for, though, when he took a back seat to John McIver’s own personality. Taking on the name Power Master, he fought Cage and Iron Fist, but ultimately couldn’t hold onto the new body after being overloaded with electricity.

On June 22, watch season two of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Netflix!

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A modern update on a classic Marvel villain!

When Ant-Man returns to the big screen fighting side by side with Wasp in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” they’ll have a new foe to battle in the Marvel villain, Ghost!

Actress Hannah John-Kamen is making her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and she talked about how it felt to play the mysterious character whose story received a contemporary update for the film.

Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen)

The Ghost first appeared in 1987 as a male character and a foe for Iron Man. “The kind of gender swapping from male to female—you can look at comic books written so long ago….” John-Kamen cheered the update. “And it’s nice to like go, do you know what? This is a modern—it’s a modern world. It’s again freeing to be able to take that character and go, yeah, that can be played by a male or female and that’s definitely forward thinking. And that’s been amazing to be able to do.”

Iron Man (1968) #219

Iron Man (1968) #219

  • Published: June 10, 1987
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 11, 2013
What is Marvel Unlimited?

A Marvel fan herself, John-Kamen studied for her villainous role by doing research and comparing the similarities or differences between the comics and the movies. Working with director Peyton Reed was also a plus, “I mean Peyton’s amazing. It’s so good to work with a director who is such a fan of the world that we’re all working on.”

Regardless of the characters of movies that came before in the MCU, her character in particular is pretty much a tabula rasa. “With any role, it’s always a blank slate to carve anything, whether you’re playing a super hero, a villain, anything from any comic,” explained John-Kamen. “It’s important as an actor to have your own input, interpretation of that anyway.”

Unlike several heroes and villains, Ghost doesn’t have an alter ego—an aspect John-Kamen enjoyed. “It’s freeing, it’s very freeing,” shared John-Kamen. “To play this character, and whether you were in the suit or not, what the perception of the character is, it’s just a new character. And when it’s a new character, there is freedom with that.”

Get a closer look at Ghost for yourself when Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” debuts in theaters on July 6. Get tickets on Fandango now!

Follow @AntMan on Twitter and like Ant-Man on Facebook for the latest on “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” and as always keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com!

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It’s all about the little things!

Legendary actor Michael Douglas knows a thing or two about the family business, both in real life and in the role of Dr. Hank Pym. From the set of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” he talked with a small group of press about Hank’s hopeful but wary future for the heroes he helped mold, as well as his first time using a green screen on set.

Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

When we left off from Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” Hank held back his daughter Hope and mentored a new hero to take on the role he created. This time around it’s a team effort. “It’s much more a team, you know,” said Douglas. “The catharsis is going over. She’s older. There’s much more a sense of working together as partners, as a team.”

As far as relationships, Douglas believed Pym is still cautious of anyone getting close to his daughter. “I don’t think [Lang’s] changed a whole lot,” joked Douglas. “He still looks at [him] as not being the right choice for [his] daughter Hope. He still looks a little judgmental. They see you—she can do a little better.”

From the first time we saw Scott Lang as Ant-Man, a lot has happened, including an appearance as Giant Man in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” which certainly didn’t help for relations with Pym. “Yeah he’s pretty pissed off about that. He really is. It largely sets the initial tone between Scott and Hank on this one, that you know he didn’t share much information with Dr. Pym,” chided Douglas.

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) BTS on set.

Hank Pym being closed off comes from an emotional place. “He’s just obsessed with this love of his life, truthfully,” explained Douglas. “He’s upset; he lost everything, but he’s very wealthy. A lot of this was based upon hopeful wishes you know. Thinking hopefully to the future.”

Douglas reflected, “It’s all about a deep love; she’s never gone. But 30 years’ a long time.”

It’s hard to believe, but despite Douglas’ long career in film, he’s never had the opportunity to work with a green screen until becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I love this whole experience right. I mean it’s so– I don’t know if it’s Hank Pym, but it’s green screen,” commented Douglas. “I’ve never [done] green screen in my life you know?”

The whole practice was new and amazing to the veteran actor. “It’s the whole idea of talking to an ant on your shoulder and the characters see the the breath of imagination and what you can do you now, it’s like, staggering,” said Douglas.

Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” debuts in theaters on July 6. Get tickets on Fandango now!

Follow @AntMan on Twitter and like Ant-Man on Facebook for the latest on “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” and as always keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com!

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Kelly Thompson and Oscar Bazaldua kick off the brand-new series this July!

It was the wedding of the century, but not the wedding anyone expected—and it all culminated with Marvel Comics’ most shocking twist in years! So make sure to read X-MEN: GOLD #30 before diving into all the mutant mayhem on its way this July with MR. AND MRS. X!

For months, fans waited, ready for the fateful day that Kitty Pryde would finally wed Colossus…only to find out that the much hyped-about wedding simply wasn’t meant to be…but for Rogue and Gambit it was!

On July 25, discover the next big chapter in the long and difficult history of Rogue and Gambit with writer Kelly Thompson and artist Oscar Bazaldua‘s new ongoing series!

Pre-order MR. AND MRS. X with your local retailer now! Don’t miss the fan-favorite mutants as they embark on new adventures starting July 25!

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Everything you need to know about Marvel Games, this week!

True Believers, every week, make your way over to Marvel.com for a rundown of all this week’s Marvel Games news, from console game releases to character drops to mobile event updates, and more!

MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS

Making his way across the Battlerealm in the hit mobile game “Marvel Contest of Champions” is the man known as the Mexican Deadpool, Masacre!

Masacre wasn’t always a crazed mercenary. He was once a priest, whose life. Was filled with dedication to his religion, and his parishioners. That was until he took confession from a strange man in a red suit named Deadpool. This confession turned his world on its head, convincing the priest that the world needed to be punished. He took the name Masacre, fashioned an outfit and some “tools,” and set about “fixing” Mexico, one body at a time. Extracting information from the reluctant Inspector Jamie Gordon, Masacre tracks down and takes out the crime lord Calavera de Jade. The very next day, Masacre rides off to New York joining Deadpool’s Mercs for Money. Get a glimpse of Masacre in action below!

Masacre’s basic abilities include Enthusiastic Punishment (which he feels very strongly about what he’s doing!), Flammable, Incinerate, Bleed and Disorient. Special attacks include Fuel for Fire where Masacre gives his opponent a face full of ground chilies before aggressively applying his machetes while they’re distracted. Machete hits have a 100% chance to cause the target to Bleed for 1768.5 Direct Damage over 12 seconds. Sawed Off Thunder reveals Masacre opening fire with his powerful if sometimes unreliable shotguns, and if all else fails, they’re heavy. While the Special Sauce incinerates the enemy as he self serves a bottle of his own special recipe, line driving it into his opponent to explosive effect.

His synergy bonuses include Inspiration with Deadpool, Deadpool (X-Force), and Goldpool sees an increased Critical Rating while the opponent is bleeding. Get in the Pool with Gwenpool or Venompool increases Ignited’s Duration by 25%. Mercs for Money grants grains between 1-5 Ignition Charges when at the start of the fight and when Ignited expires. Spiritual Strength allows Masacre to gain a chance to Evade against an Incinerated opponent while not Blocking. Lastly, Playing with Fire blocks a contact attack while Ignited places an Incinerate on the opponent as if they had been Struck by Masacre’s bat.

Collect Masacre when he joins The Contest this Thursday, June 21!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for Marvel Games news and interviews and follow Marvel Games on Twitter for more!

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Watch the video version to preview this week's new Marvel Comics!

It’s time to THWIP! with Marvel’s The Pull List!

On the podcast, Ryan and Tucker preview June 20’s new comic releases, including their Picks of the Week AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801, PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1, TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1, X:MEN GOLD #30, and all the other books that’ll be waiting for you in stores tomorrow!

Watch the video version of Marvel’s The Pull List above as Ryan and Tucker highlight the Spider-centric stories on offer before jumping into the full audio episode below.

Here’s the full list of what’s available from Marvel this week:

MARVEL PRINT COMICS ON-SALE (6/20/18) 

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #20
  • ANT-MAN & THE WASP #2
  • AVENGERS #3
  • BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #20
  • CABLE #158
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #704
  • CHAMPIONS #21
  • DAREDEVIL #604
  • DOCTOR STRANGE #2
  • HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER #2
  • INFINITY COUNTDOWN: BLACK WIDOW #1
  • INFINITY COUNTDOWN: CHAMPIONS #1
  • PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1
  • RUNAWAYS #10
  • SPIDER-GWEN #33
  • STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #28
  • TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1
  • WEAPON H #4
  • X-MEN: GOLD #30
    • TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN – THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING DOOM #1 
    • TRUE BELIEVERS: SCOTT LANG, THE ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #1 

COLLECTIONS

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE VOL. 8
  • CHAMPIONS CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
  • DOCTOR STRANGE BY DONNY CATES VOL. 1: GOD OF MAGIC
  • THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL VOL. 8: MY BEST FRIEND’S SQUIRREL
  • VENOMNIBUS VOL. 1 (HC)
  • WEAPON X VOL. 3: MODERN WARFARE
  • WOLVERINE: SAVAGE ORIGINS

DIGITAL COMICS ON SALE THIS WEEK 

  • SPIDEY: SCHOOL’S OUT #2

ALSO ON SALE ON THE MARVEL APP THIS WEEK 

  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: DEAD MEN RUNNING (2002) #1-3     
  • QUASAR (1989) #26-27  
  • SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK: CEREMONY (1989) #1-2             
  • SPIDER-MAN: GET KRAVEN (2002) #1-6   

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS 

  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: WAR AND REMEMBRANCE
  • FANTASTIC FOUR: EXTENDED FAMILY
  • THOR: IF ASGARD SHOULD PERISH
  • THOR: THE QUEST FOR ODIN
  • THOR: WORLDENGINE

FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED 

  • ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #28
  • BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #11
  • BLACK PANTHER – LONG LIVE THE KING #1
  • CABLE #152
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL (2000) #26-35
  • DAKOTA NORTH (1986) #1-5
  • DAREDEVIL #596
  • DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290
  • FALCON #3
  • FORCE WORKS (1994) #1-5, 8-22
  • FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY)#0 
  • JEAN GREY #10
  • ROYALS #12
  • RUNAWAYS #4
  • SECOND COMING: PREPARE (2010) #1
  • SECRET WARRIORS #10
  • SHE-HULK #160
  • SPECIAL EDITION: X-MEN (1983) #1
  • STAR WARS #40
  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #792
  • THE PUNISHER #219
  • THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL#27
  • WEAPON X #12
  • X-MEN: BLUE #17
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Hope van Dyne is ready for action in the July 6 film!

When we last saw Hope van Dyne in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” she was ready to take on the mantle of The Wasp, brand new costume and all. With Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp”  in theaters July 6, we’ll finally get to see her in action alongside Scott Lang!

On a set visit for a small group of reporters last year, Evangeline Lilly revealed Hope’s internal struggles and how the hero copes with finally getting the heroic role she’s been waiting for her whole life.

Director Peyton Reed and The Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) BTS on set.

When we begin “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” it’s been two years since we’ve seen our shrinking heroes and a lot has changed. As suspected at the end of “Ant-Man,” Hope van Dyne is more than ready to show the world her strength and potential. “Instead of seeing her evolved into a super hero, I think that the leap we take with the audience is we all believed by the end of “Ant-Man” she’s ready to be a super hero,” observed Lilly.

Since The Wasp has been ready to take on her heroic role her whole life, the necessity of an origin story wasn’t a factor. “We make that leap of faith of saying, you know, she’s kickass,” remarked Lilly on Hope’s present skillsets. “Let her just do that and be that, and then let’s explore some of the other emotional through-lines of her life and her story.”

No two heroes are the same. “Scott is just incredibly lovable, easygoing, and relaxed about things,” explained Lilly on how Hope and Scott take very different approaches to their heroism. “Even when it seems like things are as dire as they can be, you have this sense that he’s kind of okay inside. Hope is generally not okay inside. But what I think is exciting about playing The Wasp is there is this incredible satisfaction in Hope, something that she has been waiting for her whole life, which is essentially an affirmation from her father, has come. And it came in the form of this mantle. It came in the form of this suit.”

Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and The Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly)

The aforementioned Wasp suit we saw at the end of “Ant-Man was key in Hope’s development. “Now that she’s wearing it and she’s exercising those muscles that she has wanted to exercise all her life, she’s in a really different place emotionally when we start the film,” said Lilly. “Hopefully you’ll be able to see that and feel that instantly.”

As with Scott Lang, Lilly realized that family was also key to building Hope’s confidence. “That’s wonderful to show that people do evolve and change, and that something as profound as your relationship with your father can have a effect on — and a reverberation in every aspect of your life,” shared Lilly.

Check out The Wasp in action when Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” debuts in theaters on July 6. Get tickets on Fandango now!

Follow @AntMan on Twitter and like Ant-Man on Facebook for the latest on “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” and as always keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com!

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The soundtrack will be available the same day Season 2 debuts on Netflix.

Friday, June 22 will be a big day for “Marvel’s Luke Cage” fans, as not only will the second season be released on Netflix, but the Season 2 soundtrack will be available as well.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album features original score by returning composers Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge (Ghostface Killah, JAY-Z, Bilal, Souls of Mischief), who received critical acclaim for their Season 1 score.

For the second season, the composers desired to expand the sound and included a rhythm section and orchestra. Inspired by the new character Bushmaster, Muhammad and Younge created what they call “symphonic” reggae” for his theme, blending the soul of reggae music with an orchestra. Their inspirations for Season 2 included the films of Alfred Hitchcock and “Mission: Impossible,” plus the television series “Kojak,” “Baretta” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

In addition to the score, the album also includes licensed tracks plus the song “King’s Paradise,” performed in an episode by Rakim, which was written by William Griffin, Younge and Muhammad.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album cover

Also featured in an episode is R&B singer Joi performing “Love You Forever Right Now,” a song she co-wrote with Marlon Cox and Gabrielle Dennis (Tilda Johnson) performing “Family First,” a song co-written by Younge, Muhammad and Dennis, with vocals produced by “Marvel’s Luke Cage” showrunner/Executive Producer Cheo Hodari Coker. The soundtrack also includes two covers by teen blues guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, “I Put a Spell on You,” and “The Thrill is Gone.” All songs were composed and produced by Younge and Muhammad.

Said Coker, “If Season 1 was about the hip-hop and the Wu-Tangification of the Marvel Universe, Season 2 is about the ROOTS of hip-hop: reggae and the blues. How both smashed up against each other to create the sonic backdrop of what we now know as hip-hop. The rhythmic stew of funk, rhythm and blues, soul, melded with the Jamaican ‘DJ’ tradition. Harlem’s Paradise, which is tied to the family legacy of both Mariah Dillard Stokes and John ‘Bushmaster’ McGiver, is where the musical sensibilities of both clash. One of the secrets of the show is whoever looks down at the club from Cottonmouth’s ‘perch’ controls the music of the club and has reign over Harlem.

Coker continues, “The music selection and the sequencing is a labor of love, and is one of the most important things I do as showrunner of this show. I love the fact that all of musical sensibilities meld with our storytelling and dramatic desires as a writer’s room, cast, and production crew. I get to be both John Wells and Quincy Jones.”

In Season 2 of the Netflix original series, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” is rated TV-MA and is streaming now only on Netflix.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album will be available for download and at streaming services on June 22.

You can see Luke Cage in action in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1 and “Marvel’s The Defenders,” now streaming on Netflix. Follow @LukeCage on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

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