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Friday, April 10th was Daredevil Day. It was the day that Netflix released all 13 episodes of its most anticipated project with Marvel to bring "the man without fear" from the comic book pages to the screen. People have been binge-watching the debut season all weekend (I watched all 13 episodes on Friday) and the responses for the most part have been good. And you know what? It is. I’d even go as far to say that this is the best superhero show out there right now. Daredevil is essentially about a young Matt Murdock who is blinded after saving an old man from getting hit by a truck carrying chemicals. These chemicals cause Matt’s blindness but also increase his other senses to superhuman levels. Fast forward to years later when Matt Murdock opens a law office as a defense attorney with his best friend, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, while also fighting crime as a masked vigilante at night. It’s much darker than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter , while the production value is much higher, making the show feel like a 13-hour movie. Most importantly, it’s not as episodic as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and takes advantage of the Netflix model to tell a long form story with a clear arc for all the characters involved — especially its main rivalry between Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk (AKA The Kingpin in the comics). The strengths here lie in the character moments, atmosphere and the visually stunning fight choreography. Overall, this show is fantastic and I enjoyed it a lot. Whoever is casting these Marvel properties should be given an award because he or she nailed it again. I hadn’t seen Charlie Cox in anything before Daredevil but it’s like the comic book character was plucked from the pages and put on the screen. He balances the good boy charms with this simmering rage incredibly well, so having him lead the series is one of the best decisions made. Another fantastic decision was casting Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, where the character was given so many layers so it’s safe to say that he can join Loki in the "well developed and memorable villains in the MCU" club. Of course, the great cast doesn’t stop there with Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Vanessa (Ayelet Zurer), Ben Urich (Vondie Curtis-Hall), Wesley (Toby Leonard Moore) and so forth all contributing to the interesting dynamics and relationships going on throughout the series which it does so well. As I mentioned before, the fight choreography is definitely one of the other standouts and it looks similar to the style featured in Captain America: The Winter Soldier except that it’s performed by a hero who doesn’t come with unlimited stamina. An example of this realism to fighting is in my favourite scene at the very end of episode two (" Cut Man ") where Matt takes on the Russian mafia to save a young boy. It’s filmed in one shot and it gives us a physically exhausted Matt who’s pushing past it to get the job done. It’s the one scene you can use to explain who Matt Murdock is: determined, persistent and motivated by justice. It’s a scene I constantly return to and it’s beautifully shot. Honestly, I can go on and on about what I enjoyed about the show because it’s that good, but it did have some drawbacks on which I hope it’ll improve in the future. With the exception of Karen, I think the fabulously complex women on the show are underused. I would have liked to see way more of Claire than we actually got — and it might have lightened the very masculine cast. The same goes with minorities. What people might not know is that Ben Urich is white in the comics, so it was nice to see Vondie Curtis-Hall take on the role to diversify the cast. However it was sad to see him killed off — especially given the significance of a character like him for the future of this world. A bold move for the Marvel crew and I’ll be interested to see how that plays out. I do have an issue with the last 14 minutes of the finale , or, more specifically, when Matt is in his Daredevil suit. That fight scene and overall tone is different from the rest of the series. It feels staged, and there are kicks and flips that seem like overkill. There are quite a few zoom-in shots with the emphasis on highlighting the new additions to the suit (eg a stick that’s detachable) rather than making the fight itself the focus. It goes from Daredevil to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which takes us out of it... but, then again, it’s only 14 minutes of a 13-hour show. (I also have to mention that I’m not at all a fan of the suit and hope that it will get a redesign in the same way that Captain America does in the films .) Overall, I loved it, and I think many others will as well. It’s set a high bar, and I’m excited to see what A.K.A. Jessica Jones does to top it.
With Marvel’s Daredevil series debuting in April , I got to thinking about non-Marvel shows ripe for crossover potential. Marvel did it, so why can’t I? CUE DRAMATIC MUSIC! The Last Strain What if the virus on The Last Ship caused an outbreak of...VAMPIRES? Captain Tom Chandler and his crew dock the USS Nathan James in New York only to retreat due to the vampire outbreak going on there. They take on some passengers: the cast of The Strain ! Will Dr. Rachel Scott be able to cure vampirism? Does Abraham Setrakian get sea sick? ( Ed note: I would watch the shit out of this show — LEF ) Power of the Empire I’d love to see Power ’s James "Ghost" St. Patrick go up against Empire ’s Lucious Lyon. Both men bring the hood to legitimate businesses, but aren’t quite legit enough themselves, nor are the people with whom they surround themselves. I think James would tell Lucious that he’s lucky to have a business that’s booming and people who love him. Lucious, however, would definitely continue to be a soap opera villain. Damn it, Lucious! Finding Carter Switched at Birth In Finding Carter , Carter Stevens is kidnapped as a toddler and reunites with her birth family...but there’s complications. Switched At Birth follows Bay Kennish and Daphne Vasquez who were...switched at birth (also causing complications!). I think these three should go on a road trip of self discovery, with ABC Family -esque troubles and, of course, a very MTV party scene. Orange Is The New Veep Veep ’s Vice President, Selina Meyer, visits Orange Is The New Black ’s Litchfield Penitentiary for a photo op. During her visit, Piper and the gang try to get the Vice President to improve the prison’s conditions. The Veep has a foot-in-her-mouth moment that’s captured on tape but she must maintain her tough on crime stance while also trying not to come off as unsympathetic. Oh, and cue the jokes! The Broad City Project Mindy and the gang over at The Mindy Project would make the perfect companions to Broad City ’s Abbi and Ilana. Morgan and Ilana could discuss their love of dogs while Abbi and Mindy contemplate which celebrity would play them in a movie. These two casts would be best friends in the weirdest sense. Bonus: During this crossover episode, they’ll watch the rescue of Kimmy Schmidt and the Indiana Mole Women from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on the news as a cameo. Like these crossovers? Make some of your own! Which shows would you have cross the streams? div.reason h4 { clear: both; padding-top: 20px; } div.reason img { float: left; width: 300px; } div.reason p { clear: both; }
Marvel’s Agent Carter is over now to make room for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ’s return. So how did the series do? If Agent Carter has proven anything, it’s that the twenty-two episode order is not always the best thing. The show’s eight episode order allowed for tight storytelling with zero filler episodes (which helped avoid any lull in the season’s run). The cast was stellar in their performances, and Hayley Atwell has shown us once again that Peggy Carter is the fiercest and most developed female character in the Marvel Cinematic and TV Universe to date. The exploration of women in the late 1940s was woven wonderfully throughout the show, spotlighting characters like Dottie, who seemed to be one of the early participants of the Black Widow program (that ultimately creates Natasha Romanoff in the comics—a backstory that might possibly be explored in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron ). Dottie disappearing at the end of the season finale does signal a likely return; one which will offer a great recurring antagonist for Peggy—but it also tells us that Leviathan isn’t done with us quite yet. In fact, we’ve barely scratched the surface of this shadowy group, so that should offer some content for season 2. I was also afraid that the male characters like Chief Dooley and Agent Thompson would become one dimensional misogynists, but they both grew to respect Peggy as an equal and had great character arcs of their own. My one criticism is the lack of diverse characters, and I hope that we get more visible minorities as active characters next season considering they did exist in the ‘40s! I’d be very surprised if the show doesn’t return—especially after the remarks made by ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee back in January . Despite the low ratings, ABC is fully committed to Agent Carter , and they even went as far as to say that they "have ambitions for Marvel in the future." If we look outside of the ratings, the show has a rabid following on social media, and critics praised it left and right. All of these are great signs for future growth and as I’ve said on Twitter , if ABC does end up pulling the plug, I think Marvel Studios should definitely consider putting the show on Netflix—where it would thrive.The question remains: How will the events of Agent Carter influence Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D . and the films? Well, we’ll have to watch to find out!
We got to see the teaser trailer of Netflix ’s Daredevil yesterday and I don’t know about you, but I’m excited. We don’t get to see a lot in it, but it does set a darker tone than what we usually get from a Marvel property, which is helped by the fact that it’s on Netflix. I’m not a hardcore Daredevil fan but he’s a different kind of superhero than we’re used to seeing in the Marvel Cinematic (and television) Universe. Concept: Matt Murdoch is blinded in a tragic accident which gives him super senses — making him the first visible disabled superhero we’ve gotten onscreen! For non-comics fans and those who aren’t specifically into Daredevil, I’m sure some of you are trigger shy of the character after Ben Affleck’s Daredevil , but it’s from the same company that brought you great stuff like Marvel’s Agent Carter and the Marvel Studios movies. The first season is set to be released in its entirety on April 10th, and I plan on taking that day off to binge it all. Will you after that teaser?
After making an appearance in the film Captain America: The First Avenger and her very own one-shot, Peggy Carter has finally gotten her own television show! Marvel's Agent Carter follows Peggy after WW2 has ended as she tries to navigate her way through a male dominated world that doesn’t want her, and grieves over the loss of Captain America. Tasked with helping clear Howard Stark’s name, and finding his missing (and very dangerous) inventions, we get to see Peggy be badass—all while keeping it from her SSR colleagues. Still not convinced? Commence the GIFs! 5. It takes place in the late 1940s where people wear snazzy hats: 4. Disguises! Who doesn’t love dressing up as different people and doing spy stuff. Even more compelling when a spy has to keep her spying a secret from her fellow spies: 3. Heroes need sidekicks and who’s a better sidekick than Jarvis? He’s great for driving the getaway cars, mending wounds and giving advice: Look at that adorable face: 2. This show does a great job at showing us the way women were being pushed aside at the workplace after the men came home from war. Our Peggy isn’t having any of that: 1. Agent. Carter. Played by the fabulous Hayley Atwell, Peggy Carter is smart, vulnerable, and can kick some major ass. I dare you not to like her: div.reason h3 { clear: both; padding-top: 30px; } div.reason img { float: left; width: 400px; } div.reason p { clear: both; }