Iron Fist Official Trailer

Marvel Studios was the first studio to create a interlinked series of movies– known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU–based upon preexisting properties (like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk) that culminated in event movies (such as The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron) that featured all (or the bulk of) the characters introduced prior.  

Marvel Television?   A bit of a late bloomer.  Their first shows were Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, the latter of which lasted only one season.  

This is while DC Comics has made significant inroads into the television space with shows like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow, with more on the way.  

Though a curious thing happened.  Marvel Television began developing Daredevil as a television series on Netflix and it did well enough to warrant a second season.  

Then came Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and most recently, Iron Fist

And since all the Marvel Television series were on Netflix, as opposed to regular television, there was less of a need to appeal to everyone so they possess a grittiness, an edge the Marvel movies can’t touch. 

Oddly enough, Marvel’s television arm seems to be employing a strategy that didn’t work too successfully for DC Entertainment on the big screen–which is building a more noir-ish world –but appears to be paying dividends on the small one. 

Iron Fist revolves around Danny Rand (Finn Jones) who reappeared after having vanished for over ten years to claim the company started by his parents, Rand Enterprises.

Though the people running Rand Enterprises have somehow become involved with the deadly Madame Gao, and she thinks Danny Rand needs to vanish again… 

Marvel Television & Netflix: Sound & Vision In Harmony

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, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

Along with a distinctive visual palate, each series is aurally unique was well, each evocative of different places and/or eras.   

Daredevil opening sequence

Jessica Jones opening sequence

Luke Cage opening sequence

Daredevil’s theme was composed by John Paesano, Jessica Jones’ by Sean Callery and Luke Cage’s by Ali Shaeed Muhammad and Adrian Younge.

At this point I can’t wait to see and hear what Iron Fist and The Punisher bring!

Marvel’s Iron Fist NYCC Teaser Trailer

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 into The Defenders

Marvel’s The Defenders – Teaser Trailer

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’s Daredevil S2:E5 – Kinbaku

“There was always this glorious darkness inside of you.”

–Elektra Nachios

IMG_1985.jpgElektra (Elodie Yung) has re-entered Matt’s life, and he’s not particularly glad to see her (which is understandable considering how they parted.  Besides, she also is a bit nuts.  It’s an interesting take on the character, in that she doesn’t appear particularly noble–like in the comics–more than a thrill seeker in search of attention).

Frank Castle  is behind bars, though Karen (Deborah Anne Wohl) suspects him to be part of a greater conspiracy, so she refused to let the case go.

And speaking of Castle, it’s pretty clever how they’re providing exposition on the character by Karen looking into what she sees as a plot.

Foggy Nelson (Elden Hensen) continues to show why he’s an asset to the series, as he stands up to the District Attorney’s assistant.

And they name drop ‘Jessica Jones!’  It’s cool because it shows the interconnectivity of the Marvel/Netflix Defenders Universe and just because you don’t see a character doesn’t mean that they aren’t somewhere.

It’s worth mentioning that this is a particularly intense episode, especially if seeing people getting pummeled in the face bothers you, though considering that we’re talking about Daredevil, that’s a bit redundant.

Marvel’s Daredevil – Official Season Two Trailer

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The first season of Marvel’s Daredevil had a huge hurdle to overcome.

When Fox released the 2003 movie based on the character, he was treated pretty much as a red-suited Spider-Man, which anyone familiar to the character could tell you isn’t the way to go.

In any case, the movie didn’t do badly from a financial standpoint, so Fox intended to proceed with a sequel (though likely without Ben Affleck) and were gearing up to do just that when they lost their director (David Slade, who went on to direct Hannibal on NBC).

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Marvel’s Daredevil, Season 2 Pictures

When I heard that Fox had not only lost the rights to Marvel Comics’ Daredevil, but Marvel Television–not Marvel Studios–had relaunched the character in a 13-episode series on Netflix I have to admit that my interest was definitely piqued.

(It’s worth mentioning that I’ve seen Fox’s version, and its biggest shortcoming was that the producers tried to make Daredevil too similar to Spider-Man).

Daredevil was the first salvo in the deal, Jessica Jones was the second, Luke Cage will be third, followed by Iron Fist and culminating in The Defenders.

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