The Marvel vs. Capcom series has never been one for story. What was the plot of the third one? I have no idea. Admittedly this has never been one of Capcom’s strongest suits when it comes to their fighting games. But it looks to be an interesting new take with the fourth installment in the franchise. Ultron, arguably the Avengers’ greatest enemy, teaming up with Sigma, the perpetual enemy of Mega Man X and Zero. It makes sense considering they are both tech villains with little interest in humanity. It will be interesting to see how well they get into the story with this game. I am a story guy. So I would at least like something.
I was no fan of the recent Iron Fist series from Marvel and Netflix. The whole project reeked of being rushed. There was no clear mission statement that the series was going for. Character motivations were all over the place. The fight scenes left something to be desired. Overall, the series was a mess. But I still want a second season for the series. You might be asking why considering I just said that I was no fan.
I do like the character and concept of Iron Fist. So the character had a mediocre first season. Lots of shows have this same problem. It probably hurts it even more since Netflix releases all the episodes at once compared to a network. That means that the creative teams behind a show cannot get feedback about a show until it has already completed production. This is a double edged sword. On one hand, it can be beneficial as you are forced to go in with a clear end goal at mind. On the other, if the show is being received lukewarm, then there is no way to fix it until it gets more episodes.
Iron Fist is a great character with a lot of rich concepts that come with the character. None of these were really touched within the series. While I never expected to see Danny Rand beat up a dragon, these Netflix Marvel shows are notoriously cheap, we could have seen more from K’un Lun. Why this series had to take predominantly in New York City other than the fact they had a deal with the city? As a fan of Iron Fist, you just kinda walk away from the series disappointed. Marvel and Netflix have been a good track record with their series other than a few bumps in the road.
Hopefully, The Defenders will begin the process of course correcting Iron Fist. There were a lot of things left open at the end of Iron Fist that should be explored instead of being swept under the rug. As stated earlier, lots of shows have bad first seasons. Parks and Recreation and The Office are the main two that I can think of off the top of my head. There seems to be enough fanfare to drudge up attention and support for a second season. I think it will all come down to how Iron Fist is received in The Defenders. Time will tell.
To address the elephant in the the room, I am fully aware of the controversy around this project. I think all criticisms are valid and should not be ignored. That being said, the bed has been made and now we can only lie in it and see how it feels.
The first thing to notice is the soundtrack to the trailer. All previous trailers for the other Marvel Netflix shows except for Luke Cage have been downbeat. Even then this is much more “poppy” than usual. Seeing Danny Rand (without shoes) enter his family’s company and being treated as a homeless man but to immediately show his martial arts skills.
I’m receptive to the trailer but I’m finding it a bit hard to grasp what this show is going to be about. Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage all had clear mission statements in their respective trailers. What can I gather about this show from the trailers? Danny Rand returns to NYC after being presumed dead in a plane crash and seeks to gain control of his family company while secretly acting to take out a mystery enemy.
I get the feeling that this series will be the work horse for setting up The Defenders. We see the return of thr mysterious Madame Gao from Daredevil and her “heroin” called the Steel Serpent. Though it wasn’t in this trailer, reports from NYCC said there was a line where Rand specifically mentions that he is there to take down The Hand. The Hand being major antagonists in Daredevil and rumored to be the big bad of The Defenders. There is also the appearance of Claire Temple who looks to play a major role in the series like she did in Luke Cage.
There was a lot of good in the trailer. The actual iron fist ability was something that had been kept under wraps. We finally got to see it in action and it definitely packed a punch, pun intended. So far the super powers in the Marvel Netflix shows have been more subdued. We’ve only seen Daredevil’s radar sense once and Jessica Jones’ flying/gliding ability has never been shown. Iron Fist’s actual iron fist ability is something that cannot be skimped on as it is his namesake.
Colleen Wing looks to be another strong character introduced. It has been confirmed she will be in The Defenders. We know that she will be training Claire in martial arts. But how she gets mixed up with Danny is something else. She looks to be more informed about the situation than expected. I’m only vaguely familiar with the character. So this will be interesting to see where the show takes her.
Overall I am excited for the show. The Marvel Netflix shows have yet to disappoint me. I’m just generally confused as to where this show is headed. Trailers are always tricky in that way. But I will be waking up at 5 am on March 17th to watch the series.
Thor is one of my favorite characters in all comics. His movie counterpart is not. While I highly enjoyed the first Thor movie, it has been scattered since then. He appears late into The Avengers and despite his brother being the main antagonist, he is not really a focal point. Thor: The Dark World is not a bad movie but it suffers from an identity crisis. Age of Ultron, Thor has to be taken out of many of the battles because he is so powerful he could probably ended the movie thirty minutes in. Plus his character probably got hurt the most by executive meddling as his scenes were devoted to setting up the larger MCU picture. So Thor is in need of a kick in the pants.
Taika Waititi is a filmmaker that I’m familiar but not one that I can say I’m a fan of. So it was interesting to see that he would be directing the latest Thor movie. But after the Russo Brothers took on the Captain America franchise and took it to new levels, I am open to anything. One of his mission statements going into the movie is to make Thor the most interesting character. In his own movies, Thor tends to get overshadowed by Loki. Though Loki is in Ragnarok, it is unkown just as how much.
Then there’s the added caveat of The Incredible Hulk. The Hulk due to some legal quagmires cannot have a solo movie. So the next best thing? Team him up in the Thor movie while adapting elements from the popular Planet Hulk storyline. Thor and Hulk trapped on a gladiator planet where even the two most powerful Avengers will have to fight for their lives and one another. The movie was described as something of a buddy road trip movie as Thor is left stranded on the other side of the galaxy. It won’t come as a surprise to see Thor drag Hulk with him as he will need all the help he can get to prevent Ragnarok.
The newcomers to the franchise are also exciting. Cate Blanchett will also be playing the first female big bad in the MCU, Hela. Academy Award winning actor winning certainly brings in a gravitas to whatever she is in. Tessa Thompson is one of the biggest up and coming actors is playing Valkyrie. Karl Urban will be playing Skurge the Executioner, someone who can take Thor on in a one on one fight. Jeff Goldblum is playing The Grandmaster who has ties to other MCU characters like The Collector and Thanos. These are all in addition to the already stellar cast from previous movies such as Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston.
There’s still much we do not know about the movie. Just how does Hulk get involved? Will there be an Infinity Stone? How well can Waititi juggle all these different elements? Will this be the end f the Asgardians? These answers will certainly be answered November 3, 2017.
Plus: we get to see the return of Doctor Strange. The post credits scene between Strange and Thor was filmed for Ragnarok.
Remember the very first Spider-Man movie? There’s always been one scene in the movie that I’ve found to be odd and extreme. It’s the scene after Norman Osborn/Green Goblin has figured out that Peter Parker and Spider-Man are one in the same. As the Goblin persona tells Norman, “We attack his heart!” So whats the first thing he does? Blow up Aunt May’s house while she’s saying her nightly prayer.
So presumably this grown man in a green armored suit on a hovering glider has been waiting outside her window for a while. How else would he know that she was close to finishing her prayer? No one on the street noticed this? The fact that he blew up the side of her house and no one really comments on the fact that the Goblin would randomly attack this woman. It’s also apparent that his intention was not to kill her but even a healthy person would have a heart attack with the side of their house being blown up.
It’s just that whenever I speak about this movie, this is the one scene I always point out as one that sticks out for being out of place. The first Spider-Man movie is still enjoyable and does work in the context of the film as it does reveal to Spider-Man that the Goblin now knows who he is.
To commemorate the 14th feature film and the eighth year of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here are my top 16 heroes:
1. Captain America
2. The Falcon
3. Bucky Barnes
4. The Incredible Hulk
5. Black Panther
7. Luke Cage
8. Jessica Jones
10. Doctor Strange
11. Ant-Man / Giant Man
12. Scarlet Witch
15. Ghost Rider