For other uses, see Bushmaster (disambiguation)
"Life has taught me this. You can't drown sorrow with tears. If you want to erase sorrow, you must burn it."

John McIver, also known as Bushmaster, is the charismatic enhanced individual who had previously witnessed his family being murdered by Mama Mabel as he vowed revenge on the Stokes family. With a mission of vengeance, Bushmaster had soon arrived in Harlem to kill Mariah Stokes, the last member of the Stokes family, only to be challenged by Luke Cage who stood in the way of Bushmaster's revenge. All Bushmaster's continued attempts to kill Stokes resulted in him becoming mortally wounded, as he sought Tilda Johnson's aid for his recovery. However, Stokes took the opportunity to massacre the remaining members of Bushmaster's family, forcing him to make an uneasy alliance with Cage to stop Stokes's rampage before more innocent people got killed. Eventually however, Bushmaster was forced to return to Jamaica to recover from his near fatal wounds, having failed to kill Stokes himself.


Early Life

Meeting the Stokes

"When we were younger, they injected kids with a free vaccination. My madda didn't trust it, ya know? But a lot of people did. They gave us money. They gave us food. Johnny got the injection with all the other pickney dem. Them all die. But Johnny, him live."
Sheldon to Tilda Johnson[src]
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McIver gets a vaccine by a doctor

Born in Brooklyn to Gwen McIver and Quincy McIver, John McIver lived a life as the son of one of the co-owners of Harlem's Paradise. John McIver's life faced upheaval when his father was murdered by Buggy Stokes. He and his mother moved to Kingston in order to get away from the Stokes family. McIver befriended Sheldon and Gideon Shaw when he was eleven years old. Shaw considered himself as an older brother to McIver.[1] As a child, doctors came around with a free vaccination for the children of his community. McIver was the only survivor of the children who took the vaccination. He was regarded as special by his friends and families ever since.[2]

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McIver listens to negotiations from the Stokes

For a time, McIver lived with his mother and his maternal relatives in Kingston, Anansi and Ingrid Mackintosh, working in the family's holiday resort. In one particular day, his mother met with the Stokes in order to negotiate for his father's share of assets of Harlem's Paradise. McIver witnessed the hostile negotiation between his mother and Mama Mabel. While watching the meeting, McIver was ordered by the young Mariah Stokes to find her something to drink, threatening to reveal his presence if he didn't do so.

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McIver witness his mother's death

One night, while sleeping in his home, John and Gwen was attacked by Mabel and her gang. They threw molotov cocktail made with Bushmaster Rums into the house. With the explosive quickly setting their house ablaze, the McIver attempted to make their escape. Despite John's plead for his mother to escape first, Gwen made her son get out of the house. She didn't escape in time as John watched his home burn and crumble before him. Mabel arrived, taunting and throwing the legal papers into the fire. She mockingly apologized to McIver before leaving.[2]

Assassination Attempt

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McIver is shot by Pistol Pete

"Anansi, don't let him die. Not Gwen's boy."
"Ingrid, he not going to die. Not today."
Ingrid Mackintosh and Anansi[src]

Two years later, McIver remained under the care of his uncle, Anansi and his aunt Ingrid Mackintosh. One day, while assisting his family by selling vegetables, he was approached by Pistol Pete. Unaware of the danger and not recognizing him, McIver was caught unaware as his assassin shot him in the stomach in retaliation for what his father did to Buggy Stokes.

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McIver survives his gunshot wounds

Determined not to let his nephew die, Anansi carried McIver to the mountains to seek the aid of a healer who might be able to heal him. Once brought inside, the healer began using Nightshade in an attempt to heal the dying McIver. As he inhaled the smokes of the burning roots, McIver began rapidly healing from his gunshot wounds. Miraculously, McIver was saved from death and his hidden powers revealed. The assassination attempt and his mother's murder from two years prior has left McIver with a burning desire for vengeance against the Stokes.[2]

Life with the Yardies

"John McIver, yes. He's a boogeyman. Makes Jamaican bad men wet the bed at night. Started off as a baby Styler, but rose his way up through the ranks on his own."
Tomas Ciancio[src]

McIver spent the next few decades honing his skills as an enforcer for the Yardies, earning him a fearsome reputation in Jamaica. He had a confrontations with fellow Yardie member Neville Barnwell and his brother Nigel Garrison. McIver warned Barnwell not to have any business with the Stokes Crime Family. Eventually, McIver disappeared and Yardies believed that he will never come back.[1]

War for Harlem

Taking Complete Control

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McIver talking to Nigel Garrison

"You're saying paper covers rock?"
"Who do you think you're talking to? Mi from the rock, too, you know!"
"I am the rock."
―Bushmaster and Nigel Garrison[src]

Calling himself Bushmaster, McIver began his quest for revenge against the Stokes family and reclaim Harlem's Paradise which he believed to be his birthright. He and his best friend, Sheldon decided to make their first preparation to be establishing themselves in Brooklyn. McIver aimed to do that by usurping control from Nigel Garrison, who became the boss of the Yardies.

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Bushmaster killing Nigel Garrison

McIver and Sheldon waited for Garrison at his hideout. While Sheldon left the scene, McIver confronted Garrison about his dealings with the Stokes Crime Family. He declared that he will take control of the Yardies and reclaim Harlem. Garrison challenged his claim that even if he defeated Mariah Dillard, he still needed to content with the local enhanced vigilante, Luke Cage. Deciding that Garrison was non-negotiable, McIver violently killed him and took control of the Yardies after demonstrating his own enhanced powers to the men.[3]

With the Yardies under his control, McIver prepared for the next phase of his plans. McIver headed to Gwen's, a restaurant named after McIver's mother, to visit his uncle, Anansi. He asked his uncle for information on where to get more Nightshade to renew his powers. Despite his uncle's warnings, he refused to heed them. Learning about where to get the roots, McIver also learned about Cage's popularity in Harlem. He decided if he wanted to claim Harlem, he needed to take out both Cage and Dillard.


Bushmaster meeting Tilda Johnson

Following the address provided by his uncle, McIver headed to Mother's Touch and met Tilda Johnson. Unaware of her connection to Dillard, McIver brought Nightshade from her and generously gave her extra cash for the purchase. With the Nightshade, McIver returned home to inhale it, restoring his power and recover himself from the injuries he sustained from the previous fight.[4]

The next day, McIver and Sheldon planed on how to buy Dillard's weapons. They also learned that Arturo Rey III was murdered and Cockroach Hamilton was beaten by Cage. They decided to use this development to their advantage since Dillard had no other option but to approach them for Garrison's money.

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Bushmaster gives the money to Shades

Not long after, McIver and the Yardies (now called as Stylers) were approached by Shades. He made it known to Alvarez that he is in charge now and then made his point clear when he handed him a bag of money and Garrison's decapitated head. McIver negotiated a deal with Alvarez for the Hammer Industries weapons, outwardly appearing that he was satisfied with the deal while he planned for his upcoming retaliation against Dillard.[5]

Meeting Luke Cage

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Bushmaster is confronted by Luke Cage

"The enemy of mi enemy is mi friend. We could work together, you know. You don't know my story."
"I know you're trouble and you're bringing that trouble to Harlem."
"Harlem is not your birthright. It's mine, brethren."
―Bushmaster and Luke Cage[src]

Soon after, the Stylers' hideout was visited by Luke Cage who have been looking for Nigel Garrison. McIver confronted Cage as Cage asked Bushmaster not to harm Harlem and McIver offering an alliance to fight Mariah Dillard in return. Unable to work together. he ordered the Stylers to attack Cage. As his men fought against the enhanced individual, McIver made sure to observe his fighting style and Sheldon was recording the fight. Cage left when he believed that he had intimidated the Stylers enough.

Once Cage left the hideout, McIver began making preparation for his fight against Cage. Inside his hideout, he inhaled another batch of nightshade as he trained while observing Sheldon's recording of Cage during the fight. Once he was sufficiently prepared, he left to confront his opponent in Harlem.[5]

Confronting his Enemies


Bushmaster talking down to Luke Cage

"Ya told me, stay outta ya yard. Harlem, is not ya yard boy, it's mine."
―Bushmaster to Luke Cage[src]

McIver managed to locate Luke Cage as he walked down the streets of Harlem. Distracted by his personal life, Bushmaster's opponent was completely unaware of McIver approaching him as Bushmaster caught him by surprise and attacked him. He challenged the vigilante's claim about who was the rightful protector of Harlem. Bushmaster fought against Cage. Using his superior fighting style to his advantage, his own enhanced strength and Cage's lack of knowledge and preparation, Bushmaster handily defeated Cage in front of the people of Harlem. He knocked his opponent unconscious. When Dave Griffith asked who he was, Bushmaster introduced himself before leaving the scene with his task to undermine Cage's reputation achieved.


Bushmaster meeting with Mariah Dillard

Not long after, McIver went to meet with Mariah Dillard inside of the Harlem's Paradise. As he held his meeting with Dillard, he inquired about who built the club. McIver also asked if she knew about her grandfather's partner, Quincy McIver. The meeting became tenser as Dillard denied all knowledge about Quincy, which infuriated McIver. After briefly taunting Dillard about her family name, he concluded his business with her and left the club while subtly warning her to enjoy her power while she has it.

With his tasks completed for the day, McIver returned back to Gwen's to meet his family and friends unaware that he had been followed by Shades, who watched McIver closely as he interacted with all of his most dear loved ones.[1]

Bushmaster's Revenge

"The Stokes family, they take everything from we. Mariah must burn!"
"Then kill her. Me can't argue that. But this terrorization make we people look bad."
―Bushmaster and Anansi[src]

With Dillard's guns and her underestimating him, Bushmaster put his revenge plans in motions. He and the Stylers killed Cockroach Hamilton, Mark Higgins and Ray Ray. Decapitating the heads of his victims, he placed them at the entrance to Dillard's Family First project which the aim to ruin all of her plans to become clean. He also planned for the kidnapping of Piranha Jones and gain access to all of Dillard's wealth. Unfortunately, that plan was foiled by Cage who have been invited to Jones' party during the attempt to kidnap him.[6]

Once he was informed of Jones' escape, Bushmaster ordered his gang to begin a manhunt against Jones. While helping his family close the restaurant, McIver confronted his uncle about his disrespect and his disapproval of his actions. Anansi defended speaking his mind. He told his nephew that his actions were making their people look bad. He urged McIver to finish off Dillard rather than prolonging her suffering. Anansi urged his nephew to end his quest for revenge but Bushmaster refused and still intended to make Dillard suffer for what her family did to them.[7]

Duel at High Bridge


McIver accepts the fight Luke Cage proposed

"You have power. I have power. Why fight up one another when we could join together and take it from Mariah? Hmm?"
"Because you're a homicidal criminal. And, for better or worse, I'm Harlem's Hero."
―Bushmaster and Luke Cage[src]

The next day, McIver received a call from Luke Cage. His opponent challenged him to a fight, making a deal that if he won, McIver and his gang must leave Harlem whereas if McIver won, he will receive Piranha Jones. Agreeing to the challenge, McIver told Cage that he will be meeting him at High Bridge at noon.


McIver confronts and speaks to Luke Cage

Heading to the agreed location, McIver confronted Cage who waited for him. Cage talked to him and boasted his identity what had happened to him in the past and later boasted about himself of his past fights. Once again, they talked about their difference and Cage made it known that he knew about McIver's actions should be done and stop living in someone's life. McIver countered his statement by telling him what will happen if he did, stating he'll just get a job, love a woman, and raise children. Cage said it seemed like a good life but McIver thought Cage would live a life like that. McIver made another offer of alliance but, Cage refused again. Knowing that they won't be able to come to terms, they engaged one another in another battle on High Bridge.


McIver fighting Luke Cage at High Bridge

At first, Bushmaster held the advantage during the fight. Using his fighting style and his agility, he continued with landing hits against his opponent. However, Cage was prepared and his bulletproof skin protected him from suffering major damage. Having gotten used to his fighting style, Cage began landing hits of his own which injured Bushmaster. As the fight kept dragging on, Bushmaster, exhausted and injured, realized that he had to resort to trickery in order to defeat his opponent.


Bushmaster talks and defeats Luke Cage

During an opening, McIver pulled poisoned powder from his pocket and blew it at Cage's face, instantly paralyzing him. Cage was confused on why he couldn't move his body and began to stood his ground. McIver had told what is happened to him and explained that it was caused power that he wouldn't understand. Having grown to admire his opponent's tenacity, McIver declared his respect for Cage and sincerely wished that they could have been friends before kicking him off a bridge and into a river to drown. Victorious, McIver went to claim Jones.[7]

Claiming Harlem's Paradise


Bushmaster questioning Piranha Jones

"You know Luke Cage is coming for me, right?"
"Me nah think so."
"You can't kill Luke Cage. Nobody can kill Luke Cage."
"Type faster, man."
Piranha Jones and Bushmaster[src]

Bushmaster and Sheldon managed to capture Piranha Jones and brought him to a warehouse, they intimidated him to hand over Mariah Dillard's asset. Once Bushmaster has claimed the wealth, he killed Jones and decapitated him, leaving his head in a fish tank.

Now a millionaire after gaining ownership of Dillard's wealth, Bushmaster held another conversation with Anansi while buying another suit. His uncle asked what he wanted to do now that he has gained the wealth. Bushmaster replied that his revenge was not finished until he has claimed Dillard's soul. When Bushmaster asked why his uncle did not felt vengeful, his uncle answered that vengeance wouldn't bring Bushmaster's mother back.

Bushmaster and his gang headed out to find Dillard and her daughter, Tilda Johnson, attempting to gather their remaining money and escape. Holding both mother and daughter captured, Bushmaster told the history of their family. His father, Quincy McIver and Buggy Stokes had built Harlem's Paradise together until the elder Stokes betrayed his family. He further explained the motivation for his revenge. Bushmaster revealed that his mother was killed by Mama Mabel.

Wanting to put the Dillards through the same suffering as he did in his youth, Bushmaster untired Johnson from her bonds and set Dillard's apartment aflame. He gave Johnson the option of either fleeing or save her mother before leaving the apartment to claim Harlem's Paradise.

Believing his vengeance to be completed, Bushmaster and the Stylers took over the club and the control of Harlem.[8]

Going Downhill

"What do you want?"
"Mariah and her daughter... they been seen."
"The precinct. Babylon."
"Luke Cage."
―Bushmaster and Mouse[src]

Now that Bushmaster was in control of Harlem's Paradise, he intended to use his wealth to help the community. His uncle, while he expressed his belief that his mother would be proud of his accomplishment, did not believe his mother would have approved of his path. Anansi further feared that his darkness has consumed him. However, trouble brewed when Mariah Dillard and her daughter survived the burning building and it was Luke Cage who had saved them. Furious that his enemies were still alive, Bushmaster began making preparation to take them down before they could ruin his position.

Around this time, Bushmaster also began suffering from the side-effects of the nightshade. Despite his uncle's advice to stop hunting Dillard since he had won and to stop using the drugs, Bushmaster stubbornly ignored his uncle's advice and intended to kill Dillard and force Cage to surround by targeting his loved ones. He put out bounties for Dillard, Cage and their families.


Bushmaster stands with Benjamin Donovan

When some of his men attacked Dillard in front of the police precinct, Bushmaster was soon questioned by Misty Knight and Nandi Tyler. Having already prepared for their arrival and having employed Dillard's lawyer Benjamin Donovan, the authorities weren't able to find anything to charge him with.

Bushmaster's supply of nightshade had depleted and he began suffering from the withdrawal of it. Growing desperate and knowing that he needed the nightshade in order to fight Cage, Bushmaster had the Stylers take control of the grow houses in New York City in order to create more of the plant. Bushmaster had an argument with his uncle about his drug uses. Despite his uncle's plead to stop his use of the plant and the impossibility of growing the plant without its native soil, Bushmaster maintained that he will be able to grow the plants in New York.[9]

Attack on Rand Enterprises

"You wanna stop me? Kill me. Because I will never stop coming. As long as I breathe air, I'll keep..."
"And I'll be here to stop you. Every single time. As long as I breathe."
―Bushmaster and Luke Cage[src]

Bushmaster and the Stylers continued their search for Mariah Dillard. He had increased the bounty of her enemy. He also had the Styler armed with the weapons they gained from the previous deal with Dillard. The attempts to artificially produce nightshade had also been slow and Bushmaster continued to suffer from the withdrawal. Soon, they were visited by Nandi Tyler who had decided to betray Dillard's location for the bounty.

Now knowing his enemy's location, Bushmaster abandoned Harlem's Paradise and gathered Sheldon and their gang to head toward their destination. Arriving at the Rand Enterprises Research Facility, where Bushmaster made an announcement to Luke Cage inside the building. He once again declared his respect for Cage and offered to let him and his loved ones leave as long as he was allowed to kill Dillard, however Cage decided to refuse his offer.

Bushmaster ordered his men to begin attacking the facility as he began engaging Cage in single combat once again. Weakened by his withdrawal and the lack of nightshade, Bushmaster found himself at a disadvantage by his adversary. His strength and speed were slowed by his side-effects. Ultimately, Bushmaster was defeated by Cage. Despite warning his opponent that he would not stop as long as he was alive, Bushmaster was knocked unconscious by Cage. He was subsequently arrested for his crimes.

While being taken away by the New York City Police Department, Bushmaster began asking his guards if they knew about Jamaica. After talking about old stories and his country, Bushmaster revealed that he had hidden a Hammer Industries Explosive Charge. The explosion stopped the van, however Bushmaster was grievously injured by the explosion, but he managed to escape his capture and was brought to safety by Sheldon who cared for his wounds. Sheldon managed to bring him to Mother's Touch to get Tilda Johnson's medical assistance.[10]

Mariah's Clapback

A Temporary Truce

"What about her? She'll run back to her mother."
"Let her go. Thank you."
"I'm so sorry."
Sheldon, Bushmaster, and Tilda Johnson[src]

Bushmaster was brought to a disclosed location to be treated by Tilda Johnson while Sheldon ensured that he was healed. Through the use of Johnson's supply of Nightshade, Bushmaster was able to rapidly heal injuries and have his powers restored. He learned from Johnson that his internal organs are poisoned and he was dying from the overuse of Nightshade. Much to Bushmaster and Sheldon's shock and grief, they learned that in his absence, Gwen's was attacked and many of their friends were murdered. To Bushmaster's sorrow, he learned that Anansi was burned to death.

Bushmaster went to look into the abandoned restaurant to see the destruction for himself, looking at the scene, Bushmaster blamed himself for his loved ones' death. Despite Johnson being Mariah Dillard's daughter, he decided to spare her out of gratitude for saving his life.

Bushmaster then went to visit the morgue and find his uncle's burned corpse. As he mourned for his uncle, he was unexpectedly visited by his aunt Ingrid Mackintosh having been saved and protected by Luke Cage when she was targeted by Shades. Bushmaster's aunt urged him to talk to Cage while she mourned for her husband. Outside the room, Bushmaster expressed his gratitude to Cage for protecting his aunt as Cage told Bushmaster to stop his quest to kill Dillard as he would be there to stop him. Respecting his opponent's conviction, Bushmaster simply replied that he did not look forward to killing Cage. He then returned to his aunt's side and comfort her in her grief.[2]

Battle at Yangsi Gonshi Warehouse

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Bushmaster joining forces with Luke Cage

"You realize Mariah is behind all this, yeah? All to destroy mi name. You must protect your name."
"Yeah. That's about the first thing you and I agreed on."
―Bushmaster and Luke Cage[src]

Not long after, McIver faced further problems when his reputation was damaged by drugs imprinted with his name. Seeking to defend his name, McIver went to confront Hai-Qing Yang who produced the drugs. As he went to fight the Yangsi Gonshi, he was unexpectedly assisted by Luke Cage. With their goals aligned, they both joined force and fought against the Triad although Cage made sure that McIver did not kill anyone. Once they defeated their attackers, the hostility between them resumed when they disagreed on what to do with the warehouse. Although McIver gave Cage a chance to leave before he destroyed the building, his adversary wouldn't let him. After briefly fighting, McIver managed to fight Cage off and made his escape.[11]

Infiltration into Harlem's Paradise

"All is well, brother. We can't lose. But mi madda calling to me. She want justice. Hmm? Tonight... I'm gwan give it to her."
―Bushmaster to Sheldon[src]

Returning home, he found Sheldon waiting with Tilda Johnson. Having come to terms with Mariah Stokes's villainy, she had decided to assist Bushmaster in his quest to kill Stokes. She revealed where he could enter Harlem's Paradise from a tunnel entrance. When asked about what he could do about her numerous guards, Johnson gave him a supershot of nightshade which would double his strength. She explained that it might destroy his body and mind for good. Despite Sheldon's protest, Bushmaster agreed to Johnson's offer as he was determined to avenge the death of his family.

At night, Bushmaster went to meet Johnson at the back entrance of Harlem's Paradise. Before he entered, Johnson asked him not to harm any innocents. Once he was right beneath the club, Bushmaster injected the supershot of nightshade. With his powers enhanced, he charged into the club and began attacking Dillard's guards.

With his powers strengthened, Bushmaster easily defeated all of Stokes's guards. As expected, he encountered Luke Cage and Misty Knight who had tried to stop him. With his strength increased, he easily defeated Cage and Knight before he continued his pursuit of Stokes. He headed to Stokes's shelter and found a metal door barring his way. He began repeatedly punching the door and was able to break it and enter the shelter.

He dodged a bullet from Shades as he went for Stokes. Cage and Knight managed to recover in time to fight him again. Facing all three of his opponents, Bushmaster overpowered them for most of the fight. Eventually, he was able to get his hands on Stokes. Consumed by vengeance and the nightshade clouding his rationality, he decided to strangle her to death. This gave his opponents an opening to take him down. While he was put on hold by Cage, Stokes urged his opponent to kill him. Ultimately, Bushmaster was spared by Cage and he used the opportunity to break his grasp and make his escape. Bushmaster left Harlem's Paradise, having failed to achieve his goal to kill Stokes.[11]

Returning to Jamaica

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McIver leaves New York City with his family

"Johnny finally got top of the hill. Now, he can't even enjoy the view. It always seems like it's worth it, but it's not."
Sheldon to Tilda Johnson[src]

After his failed attempt to kill Mariah Stokes, Bushmaster and his allies hid at Mother's Touch and received medical aid from Tilda Johnson. During his stay, Bushmaster told Johnson that Stokes needed to die before she harmed anyone else. With his failure to achieve his revenge and the nightshade taking a heavy toll on his body, Bushmaster and Ingrid Mackintosh returned back to Jamaica for Bushmaster to recover and give Anansi a proper burial in his native home.[12]


"She knew, that I was fighter, a warrior. I'd always be free. A McIver like me fada. Never a puppet or a slave. So I won't let go until we get everyting that belong to we. And nothing less."
―Bushmaster to Anansi[src]

After witnessing the death of his mother and barely surviving an attempt on his own life, John McIver became heavily fixated on revenge against the Stokes family. His vendetta against the Stokes, Mariah in particular, was so strong he frequently insisted on referring to her by her maiden name whenever mentioned. Despite his obsession with revenge and brutal methods, he had a great deal of respect for his close friends and remaining family, namely his aunt Ingrid and uncle Anansi.

He was also very proud of his Jamaican heritage, being particular defensive of Usain Bolt after it was commented that Luke Cage was faster than Bolt. He even implied that he had attacked Cage purely to prove his inferiority for the comment.

Regardless of his rage and ruthless demeanor, John shows both an envious side and respectful side in regards to his rival Luke Cage. He dislikes Luke Cage's reputation in Harlem, stating he wants to win Harlem's heart which Luke Cage has. However, he is not unwilling to co-operate with Luke Cage, even stating they could've been friends, pointing out parallels between them and even having mutual understanding over wanting to stop gangs using their names as branding for street drugs.

Despite this, he is shown to be willing to use underhand tactics to beat Luke Cage such as paralyzing him with a drug and despite his apparent willingness to not kill any triads due to teaming up with Cage, he did attempt a lethal blow on one, but was blocked by Cage. He also showed gratitude towards Cage for saving his Aunt Ingrid and towards Tilda Johnson for saving him. In fact, Sheldon and him once considered killing Tilda upon discovering her relation to the Stokes family, but their mutual hatred of Mariah had created a friendship between the two where John thanked her for her help and requested that she waits for him when he attempts to assassinate Mariah.

Powers and Abilities


"I'm just saying, anyone who can take you on barehanded can't be good for Harlem."
Bobby Fish to Luke Cage[src]
  • Nightshade Enhancement: After going through an Obeah ritual, performed on him by a Jamaican bushwoman, Bushmaster gained superhuman abilities due to inhaling a lucid compound called 'Nightshade'. Despite granting him with enhanced abilities, nightshade's healing properties are not everlasting, meaning Bushmaster must take nightshade if he ever suffered severe injuries.
    • Superhuman Strength: Bushmaster possesses physical strength sufficient to knock down and injure Luke Cage, and even cause internal damage to his body. After taking an enhanced strain of nightshade, Bushmaster was able to effectively overpower Luke, as well as break down a steel door with multiple blows that damaged it severely from the outside.
    • Superhuman Durability:
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      Bushmaster withstands multiple bullets

      After inhaling his first nightshade, McIver's skin was hardened, making him far more resilient than a normal human. While not as durable as Cage, he is bulletproof to some extent, with bullets embedding into his skin rather than bouncing off him. He was able to survive a point-blank explosion inside a police van, which had enough force two kill two guards and demolish the van; although it should be noted that he was left in a critical state, and required Tilda Johnson's help to heal him.
    • Superhuman Speed: Bushmaster can move at speeds exceeding that of the finest human athlete. He was able to fight Luke Cage in close combat, outmaneuvering his attacks as fast as possible and even dodging bullets that are aimed at him. Cage described him to Bobby Fish as "unnaturally fast."
    • Superhuman Agility: Bushmaster is able to perform athletic feats that make him agile, using his acrobatic abilities to excel at close combat and survive from great heights with a simple jump and a roll.
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Bushmaster was able to evade a bullet shot at him from close distance by Shades.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: After inhaling the herb of smoke during the Obeah ceremony, his bullet wounds had completely healed in mere seconds. When near death, Bushmaster suffered tearing and scars on his skin, after having nightshade spread onto him, Bushmaster's wounds were fully healed in a short amount of time.


Bushmaster Kicks Cage (Backflip)

Bushmaster brutally beating down Luke Cage

  • Master Martial Artist: McIver is an extremely skilled martial artist and combatant, able to easily incapacitate Nigel Garrison and kill him. He also utilizes Judo, Taekwondo, Capoeira, and Boxing in his fighting style. McIver is skilled enough to take down multiple men and Luke Cage, a highly skilled combatant. McIver also went head to head with Cage, Misty Knight, and Shades at the same time, though he eventually lost due to facing multiple opponents, as well as Cage's superior durability.
  • Master Acrobat: McIver is extremely skilled in acrobatics, able to take down Luke Cage with a flip kick and utilize his acrobatics in his fights.
  • Master Tactician: Mclver is an extreme, highly effective planner.
  • Bilingualism: McIver is fluent in both English and Jamaican Patois, often interspersing the two languages in conversation with other Patois speakers.


  • Nightshade: Nightshade is a plant native to Jamaica; it is known to have healing properties. Used by a woman named Maddah Myrie, she used the plant to heal McIver's gunshot wounds. Throughout his life, McIver has used nightshade to gain superhuman abilities, including the ability to heal. McIver bought the herbs from Mother's Touch, and use to inhale the fumes of smoke in an Obeah ritual. Later on, Tilda Johnson has given McIver a synthetic dose of nightshade in a syringe. While infiltrating Harlem's Paradise, McIver used the needle filled with nightshade and break into Mariah Dillard's office in order to kill her.
  • Knife: McIver carried a knife that he used to cut Nigel Garrison's eyes out, and later tried to do the same to Luke Cage.
  • Hammer Industries Explosive Charge: During preparation for an attack, the Stylers were equipped with timed explosives that detonate upon close range. While McIver was arrested and sent to a police van, he activated one of the bombs in order to escape.







Appearances for John McIver

In chronological order:


  • In the comics, John McIver is a powerful crime-boss who coerced Noah Burstein in replicating the experiment that gave Luke Cage his powers.

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