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?
I have to admit act for a while I was a bit nervous. From rumors that Marvel Television was ditching Iron Fist and replacing him with Moon Knight (Moon Knight is pretty awesome, by the way, though he lacks a prior relationship with Luke Cage which would be essential to the narrative) to they were going to abandon the idea of a 13-episode series and instead feature Iron Fist in a television movie, it seemed that his fate was a bit up in the air.
Though today The Wrap tweeted that Marvel had chosen a showrunner for a new 13-episode series based on the character, which is awesome!
What makes Luke Cage and Danny Rand (the alter ego of Iron Fist) such an engaging pair are their contrasts. Cage has always lived by his wits in the streets of New York (and got his powers while experimented on in prison) while Rand inherited the Rand-Meachum industrial conglomerate from his father, and was a child of affluence (though Iron Fist’s origin almost reads like Batman’s–though to be fair the idea of a character leaving their home for whatever reason and returning somehow changed isn’t exactly unusual for comics).
I don’t recall what brought Cage and Rand together, though I hope that what makes each character unique is expanded upon in their individual series.
Iron Fist was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane.
I like movies–which has more than a little to do with me writing for a movie website–though superhero films hold a special place in my heart. As a kid, when I wasn’t imagining myself as Captain Koenig of Moonbase Alpha, I was a superhero, and Bear Mountain in New York’s Central Park (26 miles of parkland is a close to a heaven that a kid with a hyperactive imagination will probably ever get) was my headquarters.