This past weekend, Netflix unveiled their latest Marvel collaboration, Iron Fist. Despite their stellar track record with such hits as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, this one caused the most concern ever since its conception. For one, Iron Fist isn’t necessarily a “street-level” character like the other three are. Because his powers are mystical in nature and he spent most of his life living in another dimension in the mystical land of K’un-Lun, it was hard to imagine how this would translate to the small screen in the framework that the other “Defender” shows had already set up. After the first trailer dropped, fears eased, as it seemed to fit right into the paradigm that Marvel TV has so successfully set up. However, when the first 6 episodes were screened by critics and were universally panned, concerns grew once again.
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This week on Legends of Tomorrow, the gang is on a “quest” to protect and destroy the Spear of Destiny.
Last week, the Legends managed to retrieve the final piece of the spear that was hidden on the moon in the 1970s or all placed. Nate managed to make peace with his grandfather and his father (both at younger ages), and Amaya learned a little bit about her future. Now that the Legends had almost all the pieces of the spear, they would have to retrieve the other pieces and ensure that it is safe from the Legion of Doom.
Actor Daniel Kaluuya’s star is increasingly rising. While well known in the UK for his roles like Skins, Doctor Who, and many others, he’s slowly becoming a big player here across the pond. With roles in Black Mirror, Kick-Ass 2, and Sicario, he’s becoming a familiar face. Of course, he played the lead in the critically (and commercially) acclaimed horror/suspense movie Get Out, which has made more than $136 million worldwide. His next movie is going to be a big one, as he will be in Marvel’s Phase 3 movie, Black Panther and King T’Challa’s second-in-command, W’Kabi.
The latest collaboration between Netflix and Marvel, Iron Fist hit the streaming service this past weekend. While the show has not been well received by critics, it was still well watched this weekend by fans of the MCU. The show was trending on social media all weekend and has an audience score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, so the jury’s out on a whole. The show followed Danny Rand as he returned to New York after a 15-year absence training in the mystical land of K’un-Lun. Comic book fans wanted to see Danny Rand in his classic Iron Fist costume that we all know and love from the comics. Unfortunately, the show confirmed that he will not don the Iron Fist costume on the show (at least in the first season). That doesn’t mean that we didn’t see it on the show, though.
A few days ago, it was announced that Warner Bros would be returning to one of their most lucrative and successful franchises, The Matrix. The trilogy that centered on a war between machines and humans in a virtual (and real) world was everything we ever wanted in a franchise. Though provoking storylines, kung-fu action, high-quality special effects, even a believable romance were all a part of the trilogy. This past week Warner Bros was considering a reboot of the franchise with actor Michael B. Jordan in consideration for the lead role. Some people were not too excited about the idea of a reboot for the franchise. Looks like some of their fears can be put to rest.
This week on Legends of Tomorrow, the team heads to the 1970s to NASA and retrieve the last piece of the Spear of Destiny.
Last week, we finally got the “real” Rip Hunter back. For most of the season, the former captain of the team has been either missing in time, had amnesia, or was brainwashed. Last week, as the team ventured into his mind, they managed to purge all the damage that Eobard Thawne and the Legion of Doom had caused. Now that he’s officially back, how will he fit in with his former team? After all, they have managed to function without him. In fact, they actually work better without his leadership than when they did with it.
The Fly has been a timeless story. The original black and white film first came out in 1958 detailing a teleportation device accident (in which a fly accidently goes in the machine) and transforms a scientist into a human-fly hybrid mutant. The horror classic spawned two sequels, Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly. In 1986 the original film was remade with a much-needed horror and gore upgrade in which Jeff Goldblum this time was the scientist who transformed into the monster. Directed by David Cronenberg, the remake is considered a classic. However, we are in an era of endless remakes, so eventually, this was going to get another upgrade, right? (more…)
This coming Friday, the fourth “Defenders” show for Marvel and Netflix, Iron Fist will be released on the streaming service. The show will focus on Danny Rand, who returns to New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years to reclaim his family company. Oh, he also knows Kung Fu and is the “Iron Fist,” based on his abilities. The show will feature actor Finn Jones as the titular character as well as a host of other actors. The first 6 episodes of the 13 episode first season were released to critics. Suffice to say, the reviews have not been pleasant. The show currently holds a 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been severely panned by critics universally.
Even though Logan is breaking box office records, and Fox has no plans for stopping their mutant-related movies, the X-Men universe is finding a new life on the small screen. The FX show Legion is mind-bendingly good and is receiving acclaim week after week in detailing the adventures of David Haller, as he is figuring out about his powers (as well as dealing with his perceived insanity). Fox is also in the process of making another show centered in the X-Men universe. Fox ordered a pilot for a show surrounding parents who utilize an underground network of mutants to protect their child from government agents as they discover she has powers. Trueblood’s Stephen Moyer and Person of Interest’s Amy Acker will headline the series as parents trying to protect their child. Other notable casting has included Emma Dumont, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell and many others to the show. The Matt Nix run show has for the time been called the “Untitled X-Men” show. Now it looks like they have a title.
In a few months, we will receive the fourth DC Extended Universe (DCEU) film, Wonder Woman. The period film focuses on the Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) as she meets Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), the first man she has ever seen, when he washes ashore the island of Themyscira. Warning her and her people of the events of World War I, she leaves her home to help stop the global conflict. This will be the first superhero movie headlined by a woman, and the buzz is high for this upcoming film.