27
Aug
2015

Luke Cage

The third Marvel series on Netflix, Luke Cage, is due to start filming next week, and we may finally have an idea to the plot.

According to Heroic Hollywood, the following is the synopsis for the first season of the series.

Luke Cage is a former gang member who is framed for a crime. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Cage escapes and becomes a hero for hire. His archenemy is Willy Stryker, a former childhood friend from Harlem. The two committed petty crimes together, and both fell for the same woman, Reva Connors, which led to their eventual falling out. It was Stryker who framed Cage for a drug deal that sent him to prison.

This sticks fairly close to the comics as I remember it, and should make for an interesting storyline.

Of course, we will first see Mike Colter as the titular Cage in Jessica Jones which will be debuting sometime in the next few months. (My guess is October) As for Luke Cage, expect it some time in 2016.

[ Source Heroic Hollywood ]

2
Aug
2015

Jessica Jones logo

The Critics Association meetings were held last week where the networks talk about all of their upcoming projects in some fairly detailed discussions. As Netflix is verging on being a network at this point, it had a lot to say.

While Netflix addressed all of its series, the Marvel portion of the presentation was pretty darn interesting. First off, it finally debuted a logo for Jessica Jones. While nothing groundbreaking, it’s nice to see some form of movement on the series. Show runner Melissa Rosenberg confirmed that the series is very much based in the MCU, and even shares a location with Daredevil, but it will have its own distinct tone. She also confirmed that Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple character will appear in the new series, and that there may be some  other secondary characters that crossover between the two shows.

Of particular note, Dawson’s character was actually conceived to be Night Nurse, a female doctor named Linda Carter who ended up catering to superheroes in the comics. Apparently the film arm of the MCU however asked the TV arm to steer clear of the character as they have some form of plans for her. Quite curious as she had a relationship at one time with Doctor Strange.

On the Daredevil side of things, despite Steven De Knight not being the show runner for season 2 of Daredevil, he did address if the addition of the Punisher was going to make the show more violent. He didn’t feel they would be going that route.

The first season of Daredevil was violent, but I always say it was more implied. It wasn’t nearly as violent as The Walking Dead, a show that I love. On that, if somebody were to crush somebody’s head in a car door, you would’ve seen the head crush on screen, but we didn’t want to go quite that far. We wanted to keep it right around PG-16 (sic) and not go all the way to the R. I have no idea if they’re planning to push it that far next season, but I would be surprised

Implied is sometimes more brutal in my opinion, but I never found it over the top in the first season.

I’m anxious for Jessica Jones mainly to see if Marvel can keep up the quality we experienced in Daredevil. Bring on the Netflix shows!

29
Jul
2015

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If you’ve been wondering just how long you may have to wait for some more Marvel goodness on Netflix, it doesn’t appear you will ever have to wait too long.

Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos spoke about a wide range of subjects at the Television Critics Association sessions on Tuesday, but of course the topic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Shows came up. While we’ve already seen the first season of Daredevil, and we know Jessica Jones is filming, we don’t know anything about when the shows will air. Sarandos cleared that up.

I think ideally there will be a rhythm of about every six months you’ll get a new season or a new series from the Defenders group. And then they’ll crossover into a combined [Defenders] season once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters. Some will selectively have multiple seasons as they come out of the gate. So they’ll probably be two launches a year.

Will it just be the four announced series and The Defenders? Well… maybe not. Sarandos basically said anything is possible.

It is possible for sure. That’s the beauty of the Marvel universe. Any of them could spin out into films too.

As much as I enjoyed Daredevil, here’s hoping they’re all just as good in their own ways.

[ Source IGN ]

9
Jul
2015

elektra

In the life of Daredevil there are few characters as important as Elektra, and she will be joining the Netflix series in the second season.

Marvel and Netflix announced this week that they had cast Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Daredevil’s on again/off again girlfriend Elektra. The character garnered a very brief reference in the first season when you heard Matt Murdock in his college days refer to “some Greek girl” he had been dating.

For those not in the know, Elektra was introduced in 1981 in Daredevil No. 168. She would go on to become a lynchpin in the life of Murdock and she would… have an unusual afterlife. Lets just leave it at that. If the show follows the comics, Elektra has a lot of story ahead of her.

Speaking of the announcement of Yung in the role, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb said, “After a worldwide search, we found in Elodie the perfect actress to embody both Elektra’s impressive and deadly physicality, as well as her psychological complexity.” He went on to add, “Paired with Charlie (Cox) as Matt Murdock, the two will bring one of the most beloved and tumultuous comic book relationships to life with all the accompanying sparks and spectacular action sequences the show is known for.”

It sounds like season 2 of the Netflix Daredevil series will be a busy one as we will also be introduced to the Punisher.

Daredevil season 2 is now filming with a premiere date expected some time in 2016.

Elodie Yung

4
Jul
2015

Iron Fist

According to a new report, Netflix isn’t quite sure what to do with Iron Fist.

When Marvel and Netflix announced they were teaming up they said there would be four different characters getting their own series: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. As we all know Daredevil has already been released and did well enough to warrant a second season. Jessica Jones is in production with appearances from Luke Cage, and his series is in the writing stage.

But… where is Iron Fist? To date there has been no word on casting for the titular hero, a start of production or anything else.There were some hints to the storyline in the first season of Daredevil (most notably his symbol on the heroin packets and a few other things), but in general things have been pretty quiet.

According to Birth.Movies.Death there has been a problem in that Netflix and Marvel can’t find a tone that works for the series. While Daredevil was very much grounded in reality, Iron Fist is all about mysticism. Danny Rand gets his powers from the otherworldly city of K’un Lun which only appears on Earth every 10 years. He learns to channel all of his chi through his fist which gives it a glow and a super punch ability.

Here is my problem with this report. While it’s true the Netflix shows (all one season of them) has been grounded in reality, Jessica Jones has powers. She’s next up, so it won’t be insane to think that there are powers in this part of the MCU. Additionally, Daredevil already introduced the Hand ninja clan who are steeped in mysticism. Madam Gao also demonstrated some form of powers. According to the report some of this stuff was thrown in as easter eggs, but I find that tough to swallow when they knew Iron Fist was supposed to make his debut.

At this point, I think there are just enough irons in the fire (no pun intended), that they don’t need to work on Iron Fist quite yet.

[ Source Birth.Movies.Death ]

27
Jun
2015

Daredevil 1

It seems that internally the folks behind season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil are referring to it as “Daredevil vs the Punisher.”

According to a source speaking with The Nerdist, co-showrunner Marco Ramirez is referring to season 2 as “Daredevil vs. the Punisher.” Now, before you run off thinking this means lots of physical fights between the two characters, there is every chance this is meant in the philosophical sense. These two vigilantes have very different outlooks on the best way to take down criminals, and while a physical fight is sure to happen, I highly doubt it is going to be a season of just that.

Adding fuel to the fire that the Punisher won’t be the “big bad” of the season is that it has been heavily rumored that Elektra and Bullseye are joining the fray in the second season. Add in hints that we will see more of the Hand ninja clan and it feels even more like we will simply see these two at odds with one another.

Marvel is beginning to build quite the little empire on TV in addition to the one it has at the box office, and that is totally fine with me. The first season of Daredevil was superb and I can’t wait to wander around Hell’s Kitchen once again.

[ Source The Nerdist ]

10
Jun
2015

Jon Bernthal

Another heavy hitter in the Marvel universe will be joining Daredevil in his second season on Netflix. Say hello to the Punisher.

Following closely on the heels of a rumor that Marvel was prepping a second phase of TV shows for Netflix comes the news that Jon Bernthal – best known as Shane on The Walking Dead – has been cast as Frank Castle/The Punisher in season 2 of Daredevil. This just happens to line up with one of the rumored series for Netflix, so you immediately have to wonder if this will be the character’s introduction before getting his own show.

Castle has had a couple of origins, but all of them share the common thread that he sees his wife and child murdered and he decides to launch a war on crime. In contrast to Daredevil’s no-kill policy however, Castle believes killing criminals is the only solution there is. This should set up interesting conflicts between the two characters as has always been the way in the comics.

While there have been three Punisher movies with different actors, this will be the first time the character has appeared in the actual Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thankfully the rights finally reverted to Marvel so now he can “come home” as it were and play with all of the characters we already love.

Daredevil season 2 will debut some time in 2016.

6
Jun
2015

punisher

Are Marvel and Netflix considering a much larger partnership?

With the success of Daredevil on Netflix, and four more series on the way, rumors have started to circulate that the two companies are discussing an expansion of their plans. According to a report from Heroic Hollywood, Marvel and Netflix are already discussing what is being referred to as “Phase 2,” akin to the naming scheme used for the films.

After Phase 1 has run its course – remember we still have AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron First and The Defenders to go – Marvel will reportedly launch a second phase which is rumored to include Punisher, Blade and Ghost Rider. While all of these characters have had movie incarnations, they weren’t done under the Marvel Studios banner. Those characters have now reverted to the company and they are again free to do with them as they please. Considering how Daredevil went from a failed movie to a successful TV show, the same could probably be done for these characters.

Additional rumors are also swirling of possible series for Black Widow and Ms. Marvel. Now, before you get too excited about the idea of Scarlett Johansson doing a Netflix series, remember that it has been established that there are multiple Black Widows that came out of the Russian training program. My guess is they would either recast the role we know best or introduce another agent.

All of this is rumor for now, but considering how much I loved Daredevil, I’m all for seeing the partnership continuing.

[ Source Heroic Hollywood ]

5
Apr
2015

Daredevil 1

Before the April 10 premiere of Daredevil, Netflix has released two more trailers to make sure you know what you’re about to see… and it looks awesome.

As a long time fan of Daredevil the movie pretty much crushed my dreams of ever seeing the Man Without Fear being done correctly in live action. Surely after that train wreck of a movie the character was doomed. Luckily Marvel got the rights back finally and it partnered upw ith Netflix which, from what I’ve heard, is very hands-off with its original content.

These two newest trailers give us more background on Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Wilson Fisk/Kingpin. These four odd minutes of footage are better than the entirety of the feature film and make me incredibly anxious to watch all 13 episodes when they launch next Friday.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that every review I’ve seen so far is very positive.

As for a second season, while it hasn’t been greenlit as of yet, showrunner Steven DeKnight recently told Sci-Fi Now there are plenty of stories left to be told.

Looking forward, there are so many stories to tell. The Hand, Elektra, Bullseye… with a 13-episode arc you don’t have to rush it; you can explore. That’s not to say we are going to do Bullseye and Elektra, but it’s on the radar.

Believe me, you pull out the Bullseye/Elektra story only when the timing is perfect because it will knock the ever loving wind out of you.

Daredevil will premiere its 13-episode first season on April 10.

11
Mar
2015

Daredevil 1

It’s sad when a trailer is better than the entire movie that covered the character years ago.

Folks, lets just forget the Daredevil movie ever happened. Why? Because the trailer for the first season of the Netflix series just kicked its behind in two minutes and 18 seconds. The tone, the look, the actors… everything is spot on for what I want from Daredevil, and I can not wait for this premiere next month on April 10.

And for those of you wondering just how much this connects to the main Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is a line towards the end that should seal that deal for you.

Come on April 10…

5
Feb
2015

Daredevil Netflix logo

Netflix and Marvel debuted the trailer for Daredevil on Wednesday, and at just 90 seconds it’s already more satisfying than the movie.

Lets just forget the movie happened. It was horrible, and we’re all better off that way. Now, with that out of the way, we’re on to a 13-episode Daredevil show on Netflix debuting on April 10. It stars Charlie Cox as blind lawyer/crime-fighter Daredevil and a definite tone has been established in this brief glimpse into Marvel’s Hells Kitchen neighborhood.

I’m not going to say that everything in the trailer was awesome — I could have done without so much yellow lighting or quite the level of darkness we see in the fight scenes — but a lot of it was cool. Seeing Scott Glenn as Matt’s blind mentor Stick already tells me this is sticking more to the comics than the movie did.

What is a little concerning to me is Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk/Kingpin is just not imposing enough. Yes, I realize the comic version would never work on film, but his physical presence should intimidate you immediately, and the brief glimpse we saw of him from the back was underwhelming. I am sure his performance will be superb, but you need to fear the Kingpin the moment you see him.

There’s a lot riding on this show, and judging by what we’ve just seen, it should work.

30
Jan
2015

Hellcat

Marvel has hired Rachael Taylor to portray another female superhero from its long history.

Okay, sit down kids, this is a doozy. In 1944, Marvel Comics was not yet Marvel, it was called Timely Comics at that time. In issue #2 of Miss America Magazine, they introduced Patsy Walker as a character. She would go on to appear in various romance comics for two decades. In 1965’s Fantastic Four Annual #3 she made an appearance which meant she was now in mainstream Marvel continuity. In Amazing Adventures vol. 2, #13 (July 1972), she made her first foray into being a hero and became Hellcat.

In short, Patsy as actually one of the oldest Marvel characters around and hardly anyone knows who she is.

So, imagine my surprise when it was announced Rachael Taylor had been cast as Patricia “Trish” Walker on the upcoming Netlix AKA Jessica Jones series. But you should also know her friends call her Patsy.

No word as of yet if she will be donning the Hellcat costume, or if they will even refer to her being a hero. This version of the character is a popular radio DJ and former child actress who happens to be the best friend of Jessica Jones.

Man, I will laugh hysterically if Hellcat actually makes it on screen in costume. Please… please let this happen.

AKA Jessica Jones will debut sometime this year on Netflix.