Marvel’s television department is absolutely killing it on NetFlix.
Now three seasons into their run, things have thus far continued to get progressively better. Starting last spring with Daredevil, they set a different tone from the other Marvel properties, and delivered some serious fan-service. Great casting, brutal action sequences, addictively binge-worthy. November saw follow-up Jessica Jones successfully expand the television universe. Now, just this past weekend we were delivered the third installment – Daredevil season 2. The reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, especially in reference to Frank Castle.
The Punisher, Elektra, and a few other cameos really made the second season of Daredevil terrific, actually outshining Murdock for most of the run. The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen came back stong in the final few episodes and the show set a lot up for the future, so a third season seems like a given. We’ll get more into that at the bottom, but let’s stay spoiler free for a moment here.
At the end of season 2, we were met with a nice surprise, especially for those who hadn’t already caught it online, the first teaser for Luke Cage aired.
It’s short, and doesn’t tell us much, or really anything that we didn’t already learn in Jessica Jones. We did learn last week, and it’s been confirmed now that Luke Cage will pop up in our qeues on September 30 of 2016.
The other big news from the lineup is the casting of Danny Rand aka Iron Fist (finally!). News from the fourth series had been slow coming, but we now know that Game of Thrones star Finn Jones (Ser Loras Tyrell) will headline Iron Fist, and star in the eventual The Defenders as well.
Marvel and Netflix are pleased to announce that Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) will star in Iron Fist, the newest series coming soon only to Netflix. Finn Jones will play Daniel Rand, who returns to New York City after being missing for years. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
There has been some apprehension from fans about this, mostly cause this seemed like a good chance for Marvel to add some diversity and introduce an Asain-American superhero, as many feel like Iron Fist reappropriates many aspects for Asian culture. They have chosen to stick with his comic book ethnicity though, and if that’s what they wanted to do, then Finn seems like a good choice.
No other new castings for Iron Fist has been announced yet, but by that time, many other established characters will be available to draw on. As for Luke Cage, we’ve talked some casting before, but more recent news implies Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) is expected to play a larger role than she has in the first few series so far.
And now, let’s talk a little more about Daredevil Season 2, but if you haven’t watched it yet, be warned – SPOILERS to follow…
- The Night Nurse: Given Claire’s actions in DDS2, quitting the hospital, this could open the door for her to focus more on helping our superheroes, which would be cool, but is unlikely. Since none of our heroes are exactly wealthy, and their business is inconsistent, she would need to be bankrolled. She is rumored to play a larger role in Luke Cage than she has previously, and we’re all in support of more screen time for the character.
- Elektra: Now in the hands of …The Hand, Elektra will be resurrected as the Black Sky. A little different from in the comics, but resurrected none the less. This is sure to screw with Matt’s head as his college girlfriend now will be the new Nobu.
- Kingpin: Fisk showing up once Frank got to prison was one of the best parts of the season, and the Fisk episode (2.09) is arguably the best of the whole series. It didn’t take long for the Kingpin to rebuild his empire, and that is an exciting prospect moving forward.
- Stick: We learned some more about Stick, but didn’t see Stone. The War is still raging, and The Hand are still in business. This is nothing but bad news for Daredevil and company moving forward.
- Karen Page: Taking over Ben Urich’s role is a nice twist to the storytelling. It makes Ben’s death in season one make a little more sense,
- Frank Castle: Seeming to have found a balance to his actions, The Punisher ends the season on the hunt, armed and obviously dangerous – just not to Murdock anymore.
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