“You don’t need to be bulletproof to be a superhero. Black women have always had superpowers, turning pain into progress.”

Netflix will release the second season of Luke Cage on June 22 and bring the iconic villain Black Mariah—Mariah Dillard in the show—front and center. Honestly, after this trailer, it’s hard not to root for her just a little bit. Normally, villains give you chills of the, “holy damn that’s cold” variety, but Mariah’s monologue in the highly anticipated trailer gave off “Yaaaas queen” chills.

The main villains in the first season of Luke Cage didn’t land as well as they could have, but it looks like the switch up will be enough to make the second season even better. Alfre Woodard slays in the role, with menacing inflections that make her character fascinating to watch. After all, “Harlem doesn’t need a hero; it needs a queen.”

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Xandra Harbet

Xandra Harbet

Xandra Harbet is an assistant editor at Adventure Publishing Group. She enjoys nerding out for articles on the Pop Insider, crafting weekly toy reviews for the Toy Insider and contributes to the trade magazines the Toy Book and the Licensing book. When Xandra isn't writing or attending conventions, she's dancing around her room in Supergirl cosplay, jammin' out to Britney Spears. She once had to stash her lightsaber behind a bush at the Rogue One premiere because the theater had a lame 'no Kyber crystal weapons' policy. Her friends insist that she's the poster child for Gryffindor because she's staunch in her beliefs and recklessly tries to change the world. You can follow her wild adventures on Twitter @stakingmyheart or glimpse her massive collection of selfies on Instagram @dontgostakinmyheart