Marvel Villain Diamondback Revealed in LUKE CAGE Set Photos

As production on Marvel’s Luke Cage continues in New York, a new series of photos from the set has surfaced. This set of photos confirms that Willis Stryker, aka Diamondback, will show up as a villain in the series, and it looks like we’ll see Luke Cage face off with him. It was rumored awhile back that Diamondback would play a part in the series.

Diamondback is being played by Erik LaRay Harvey (Boardwalk Empire) in the series. There are a couple of versions of a character named Diamondback in the Marvel universe, but this one was introduced in 1971 in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1. The two characters have a very complicated past, and there’s a reason they don’t get along. Willis was a friend of Luke’s when they were young, but Willis ends up framing Luke for a drug charge and gets him sent to prison. So there’s plenty of reason for them to fight. 

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city–forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

Mike Colter plays the title role in the series, and he is joined by Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Frank Whaley as Rafael Scarfe, Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth, Theo Rossi as Shades, Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard, and the return of Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple.

Luke Cage is set to premiere on September 30th, 2016.

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