The revived series updated the character, with Cage symbolically destroying his original costume on the cover of the first issue.
He soon establishes an office above Times Square's Gem Theater, where he befriends film student D. Stryker himself has become a Maggia agent known as Diamondback and dies battling Cage.
Subsequent opponents included Gideon Mace, an embittered veteran seeking a U. takeover; Chemistro (Curtis Carr), whose Alchemy Gun is a weapon later used by others, including his brother after Curtis reformed; and Discus, Stiletto, Shades, and Comanche, all criminals with ties to Cage's prison days who face him repeatedly over the years.
Subsequently, Cage was featured in the Brian Michael Bendis-written series Alias, Secret War, The Pulse, Daredevil, and New Avengers.
In 2010, Cage became a regular character in Thunderbolts, starting with issue #144, and continued as leader of the team when the title transitioned into Dark Avengers beginning with issue #175.
Cage also reappeared as a regular character in the second volume of the New Avengers series.