I've been trying to watch DAREDEVIL season 2 and I have 5 episodes left.
I already saw DAREDEVIL season 1 AKA JESSICA JONES season 1
LUKE CAGE season 1 is on there
IRON FIST PUNISHER THE DEFENDERS (featuring all the Netflix heroes above and I believe Hellcat (from JESSICA JONES show)as well
So far both shows that I watched are very impressive but I want to finish DD before starting LUKE CAGE. I've always been a big fan of Powerman and was pissed off when they updated him to be a completely different stoic character in 1992's CAGE series. Fucking terrible. Whoever did that was a pretensious asshole. So hopefully this is going to make the well-liked character come to life but as he appeared AKA JESSICA JONES so far he didn't seem to have the classic Cage charisma but it might have been that they didn't want him to upstage the other characters.
Post by geneweigel on Jan 17, 2017 13:51:32 GMT -5
I just binge watched 4 episodes of LEMONY SNICKET with the kids but no one is into "Marvel" in my house. My son likes the Avengers and has a bunch of toys but he can't watch the movies much less the shows. Too much talking not enough "Hulk".
Finished DD and brief Kingpin but potent and unforgettable performance.
Started watching the Powerman show 3 episodes. Very nice reminds you of the PM comics immediately although this version of Cage could use a little more disco flash. Its a quasi Harlem of today but hearkens back to the 70s in mentality. Misty Knight is throughout and so far its against the mundane but I have a feeling its building up to a super fight
Post by geneweigel on Feb 20, 2017 15:44:08 GMT -5
Yeah, they set it up that it caught the feel of the Power Man backstory. Diamondback, I recall I had few comics with him. They're hinting at a Daughters of the Dragon connection possibly for Iron Fist: Colleen Wing martial arts school? It seems Claire is the one in every show. They did have a voiceover of Patsy (Hellcat) Walker from AKA JESSICA JONES and Turk from DD had two appearances. They mentioned the Punisher, the Japanese, Fisk, the Avengers, and Captain America. They said some tech is sourced to the Alien Avengers event. There was a brief allusion to the Power Man villain The Roach. Im not sure if it was the same ID of the character. A
Marvel had a nice, long movie and television run focusing on the classic eras and characters (60's and 70's), but now we're starting to get into stuff that I'm not a fan of and not familiar with... New Mutants, Legion (Professor X's son), etc. I'm not totally in the dark. I am familiar with "Old Man Logan," at least, since Eric gave me a copy. I enjoyed "Old Man Logan" as a What If?/possible future story, but I'm not too fond of a lot of the latter day storylines that I had vague familiarity with, beginning with the "crossover mania" (i.e. "You now have to buy everything to keep up") of the late 80's.
In the 90's everything seemed to become ill-defined and trite.
"What's his power?" "He's a mercenary bad-ass."
"What's his power?" "He's super-powerful. He's Omega level. No one is even sure what he can do." [In the end, it was usually telekinesis and mind powers... again]
Post by geneweigel on Feb 21, 2017 14:24:16 GMT -5
I kind of got lost mid-80s with TEENAGED MUTANT TURTLES going btain dead kiddie mainstream and then the whole independent comic field crashing and burning in its wake. Perfect example would be DREADSTAR which never recovered as a narrative because Starlin wanted kiddie bucks and he lost the entire audience. NEW MUTANTS was the opposite. They wanted it more adult after low sales. Sienkiwicz really was a whacky artist for NEW MUTANTS though thats when Legion was introduced. He had a giant straight up hairdo and giant eyebrows so it was repulsive to many people who wanted "Captain America continuity" like myself. The other freaky New Mutant at the time was "Warlock" and it looked like a ragdoll made of machine parts with random shaping. So even though I followed Xmen into the 90s I avoided NM until the Deadpool era which I believed was a shift into it being relatable to other Marvels again. I think that I was wrong in that regard. The Liefeld characters introduced at this time were terrible then he jumped ship leaving Marvel to vlean up the mess. In retrospect, the Sienkiwicz run was more enjoyable but it still didn't synch well with the "special guest" Marvel mentality.
Post by geneweigel on Feb 21, 2017 14:46:42 GMT -5
I went cold turkey just before DEATH OF SUPERMAN. I think that I only continued Frank Miller, Byrne and Mignola. Then Byrne discontinued NEXT MEN and I stopped being the last Byrne apologist and went cold turkey on everything. I read Miller through people trying to get me "back on comics" but Miller jumped the shark on SIN CITY. The comics that he did in its wake MARTHA WASHINGTON, 300, HARDBOILED and a robot buddy comic were vapid. Mignola sold out to Hollywood I don't even remember the cartoon he did but it was terrible (atlantis?).
Started watching IRON FIST on the sly up to episode 4. Its very interesting it feels like one of those Byrne jobs you can tell they read the source material something is off though. Coleen Wing seems okay but she doesn't look very Japanese or Irish (or statuesque and "Byrne-ized") but it can be overlooked. The guy who played Faramir is in it as one of the early IF characters and they're crunching The Hand into the story to make it synch up with Daredevil. The opening credits show waves as a cartoon fighter swings in the air but so far the "iron fist" effect looks like an internal light in the hand. Where's the craclin' Kirby style energy?
I petered off on it after the alien world episodes were kind of lackluster with "alien" content and was about relationships.
There is not much comic book shield going on and its rather like a made up Shield dealing with lesser comic tangents. I heard they started using lmds last year and I was tempted but I just felt like it was not as good as DAREDEVIL. The Kingpin on DAREDEVIL is like a dream come true.
I haven't seen many DAREDEVIL episodes, but what I saw of the Kingpin looked great as far as performance, attitude, dialogue, etc. He lacks the monstrous physicality of the comic book Kingpin, but that can be overlooked. One thing I liked about the DAREDEVIL movie with Ben Affleck was how monstrous the Kingpin was, they really need an oversized, giant guy to convey what he's like in the comics... He's someone who gets physical and can hold his own with Spider-Man! How?!?
I'm okay with the Agents being mostly made up for the TV show... There are enough comic book tie-ins to keep me interested. The origin of Graviton in Episode 3 was a nice tie-in for me because the first appearance of Graviton was one of the earliest issues of the Avengers I ever owned (from 1977, I think). I recognized the name Franklin Hall right away, and that made me grin. Sometimes I feel the Marvel cinematic universe is being primarily directed at people our age...
Kingpin started to be emphasized as normal in Daredevil but during the Spider-man years they emphasized his portly frame was pure muscle and he could throw Spider-man off with weighted attacks and a few gas tricks here and there.
The worst Kingpin was from a cartoon right after DAREDEVIL (2003) with Affleck came out and had the same actor's voice and sort of image but with a cane with a hamburger on the handle. I think whoever came up with that deserves to be beaten.
I think this D'Onofrio Kingpin captures all the right madness and justifies it almost as if he's taken the more realistic of the super villains and made it into someone who is even realer and even sympathetic on some level.
The only way to explain it is Spider-Man is always holding back when fighting normal humans out of fear of killing them. Spidey can lift a tank! A full strength punch or kick from Spider-Man should easily kill any normal human.
I just thought of something... D'Onofrio played Robert E. Howard in a biopic in the 90's... I still need to track that down and watch it.