With the airing on Marvel’s Iron Fist the last member of Marvel’s The Defenders has been introduced to audiences (the others being Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage), and I can’t wait to see them united.
Mainly because there’s so many opportunities for drama and chaos with so many volatile individual sharing the same space.
This is the opposite of my feelings about the Justice League, which I will see though not with any sort of passion.
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.
The Shadow was created by Walter B. Gibson, and long before he appeared in movies and television, he was a staple of radio. HIs first appearance was in the 1930’s, and he’s had a huge influence on heroes (and villains) to follow.
For instance, the origin of Marvel Comics’ Iron Fist and Doctor Strange are remarkably similar to the Shadow’s, as is the that of Batman (from the Christopher Nolan movies) though the way he’s often depicted in the comics is very much in line with the Shadow as well.
The Shadow was Lamont Cranston (and Ken Allard, depending upon whether we’re talking about radio, television or novels. This idea of identities within identities is very similar to how Marvel’s Moon Knight has been portrayed), young wealthy man about town though having spend time in mysterious Asia gained the ability to cloud men’s minds.
Yet, can even the Shadow and all his mysterious powers stop a man with the ability to control Time?
Netflix is hitting it out of the park as far as their work producing superhero-based action series is concerned (their pact wirh Marvel Television will soon introduce Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders–though as far as Frank Castle goes, perhaps ‘reintroduce’ would be a better choice of words since he played a prominent role in Season two of Daredevil) though their horror offerings?
Not too impressive. We got two seasons of Hemlock Grove, which started out promisingly, then jumped the shark relatively quickly.
Their latest entry has it’s tongue firmly in cheek as Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) play a couple that lets nothing–including Sheila being a zombie–get in the way of their love because the family that slays together, stays together.
The trailer is hilarious, though what’s particularly novel is that–as opposed to being something to be shunned–their children seem to have adapted amazingly well to their mom’s altered state (it helps that she looks pretty healthy, minus the whole ‘no heartbeat’ thing.
The title is also particularly clever in that it not only refers to the often goofy diet fads that tend to emanate from the West Coast, but Sheila’s somewhat unique dietary requirements.
While Marvel Studios is doing some amazing things in the movie space, we sometimes forget that Marvel Television is making waves of their own on the small screen.
And while they have been doing solid work with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter arguably their strongest work so far has been the series that have have done with Netflix, Daredevil, JessicaJones and Luke Cage.
Along with a distinctive visual palate, each series is aurally unique was well, each evocative of different places and/or eras.
For fans of Marvel Television and their work with Netflix, ComicCon 2016 is as close to nirvana as you’re likely to get because that’s where they premiered the teaser trailer for The Defenders, a street-level super team in the vein of the Avengers.
They will consist of Daredevil (which has been renewed for a third season), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
The trailer is less interesting for what it shows–which is next to nothing–than what it says about what the new show will be like tonally, which is very gritty and realistic.
When you take into account the two seasons of Daredevil and the single season of Jessica Jones already released, it should fit in quite nicely.
Marvel Television, in the shows that they have made for Netflix–so far we’ve seen JessicaJones and Daredevil, soon to be followed by Luke Cage and Iron Fist and culminating in The Defenders–have created some of the most addictive television in recent memory.
It’s worth mentioning that since you’re getting an entire season all at once, most viewers are going to watch as many episodes as they can stand at one time, which is more akin to actively consuming them more than the passive act that television viewing typically is.
This latest trailer–in two parts, by the way, which is odd in that the trailer has become the event in and of itself–is more Punisher/Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal)-centric as we see him causing all sorts of trouble for Daredevil/Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox).
And speaking of the Punisher, I get the feeling that we’re not going to see the Punisher’s iconic skull where the (Marvel) Universe intended, over his chest and abdomen. I hope I’m wrong, but then again, in the more realistic way Marvel Television is handling these characters, I can at least understand it (Daredevil only wears a costume because it shields his identity and provides protection against bladed weapons).