If there were an award for Most Improved Television Series, the likelihood is high that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be a contender, if not the winner. It started life not sure what it wanted to be, and seemed to survive primary on the strength of Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) who’s character had seemingly died in 2012’s The Avengers.
So, while it’s taken time to find its footing–arguably around the Second season–it’s developed into one of the best comicbook based series on television (seriously, if you haven’t watched since its first or second seasons you might want to give it a try because it’s really that good).
Though the bonus is that the series has been renewed for its fifth season! Part of what aided in its renewal is the idea of story ‘pods’ by the producers, which is a typical season consisting of three or four stories, as opposed to one or two,which has a curious effect of creating a faster-paced and much more enjoyable series.
Then there’s Ghost Rider (who arguably hasn’t been done better) and Inhumans.
The teaser trailer for Marvel’s Inhumans dropped this morning (‘dropped.’ That sounds vaguely like a pregnancy reference. Not sure how I feel about that) and typical of teasers, tells you next to nothing about Marvel Television’s upcoming series.
Or does it?
When the trailer first opens, you can see something as the word ‘Inhumans’ pans backward.
Is it the Earth or Attilan (the city that the Inhumans live on the Moon)?
And the striking music, which to me speaks of hidden menace and a certain grandiosity, is certainly fitting…
And while it doesn’t make up for the fairly unimaginative interpretation–visually speaking–of Blackbolt, it’s certainly a start.
2017, despite the reality of a Trump presidency, and all the insanity such an idea beings can be considered a golden age –especially if you happen to be a fan of superheroes because there are probably more viewing choices to choose from than there has ever been.
The while the CW isn’t known as ‘The DC Network,’ it might as well be considering how many superhero-based shows are live there (There are also comic book-based television on Fox and NBC as well).
And while DC entertainment may have staked a claim on the network television stage, Marvel Television has made it’s strongest showing on Netflix, where series based on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have already aired, with more on the way (The Punisher, The Defenders and additional seasons of the already mentioned series’)
This is on top of the work Marvel Televisoon is doing for Freeform–formerly ABC Family) based on Cloak & Dagger and The New Warriors.
Like I said, there’s likely no better time to be a comics fan.
The trailer for Marvel Television’s Cloak & Dagger dropped today, and I really liked it.
Sure, it went a bit heavy on the whole YA (Young Adult) angle, though when you take into account that it’s airing on Freeform–a name that sounds more like a type of women’s undergarment than a television network–which was formerly known as ABC Family.
What the trailer does well is set up a contrast between Tandy Bowen/Dagger (Olivia Holt), a well-to-do white girl and Tyrone Johnson/Cloak (Aubrey Joseph) a poor, struggling black teenager.
I understand that Marvel Television in its ‘street-level’ heroes tends to seek a more grounded, realistic esthetic than those typically employed by Marvel Studios.
That probably has a lot to do with why of all the Defenders only one, Daredevil, has a costume (which is more in the vein of tactical armor than a costume, per se).
Jessica Jones and Luke Cage wear civilian clothes, as does Iron Fist (at least in the first season of his series).
And for awhile I thought that the latter in his civvies that might be a good decision, till I saw this image from the series.
That’s Johnny Yang as an ‘Iron Fist’–which is less an individual than an honorific, though only one seems to exist in any given period of time–and he looks pretty awesome.
The way they muted the colors and gave the costume a very real-world feel works really well, and I would have been glad to see it in more detail. It was technically in the series, though the footage of it was so (deliberately) blurry you couldn’t make heads or tails of it.
Maybe they kept it under wraps because Danny Rand (Finn Jones) in–hopefully The Defenders–tries to capture some of his lost history, and dons the costume as a result.
If anyone had said that Marvel Television, when Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered on ABC a few years ago, that they would come to dominate superhero television I would have been hopeful, but wouldn’t have treated them too seriously.
Though having seen both seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, as well as the first seasons of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, it’s apparent that they’re coming to dominate the television sphere as completely as Marvel Studios has done for superhero movies.
And their latest creation: Marvel’s Iron Fist, which is going to lead intoThe Defenders
At this point, if you’re a Netflix subscriber you’ve probably already started watching Marvel’s Luke Cage (if you haven’t binged all 13 episodes, that is) so I don’t have any intention of spoiling it for you.
Except to say that the series is damn good television; so good in fact that–which I mention in my video review–you almost regret when a costumed villain is introduced.
Because before that moment, things were tight–which isn’t to imply that the appearance of Diamondback (Eric LaRay Harvey) ruined things because it doesn’t though the action and interplay between the characters was so engrossing that it wasn’t necessary.
And speaking of character interplay, Mike Colter, Alfre Wooddard, Rosario Dawson, Simone Missick, Eric LaRay Harvey and Theo Rossi stick out among one of the stronger casts in television.
The contrast between Marvel Studios’ more fantastical worlds compared to Marvel Television’s more grounded and realistic one is pretty interesting and provides a welcome and refreshing difference in approaches.