In retrospect, it’s completely baffling that it took nearly a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe stories for an action scene to be choreographed to the Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Bring Da Ruckus.’ It’s not even the specifics of the 36 Chambers, so much as the sudden realization that hip-hop has had zero part in the MCU to date. [Read more…]
It occured to me approximately a quarter of the way through last night’s episode that this is the first season of Agents of SHIELD with a pitch that would compel me to pick up the comic. “A new spirit of vengeance is developing a reputation as a serial killer on the west coast. It’s up to rogue SHIELD agents to track down Ghost Rider and bring him to justice.” [Read more…]
To its undying credit, Agents of SHIELD has always known how to open a season. Whether it was Nick Fury and Maria Hill cameos, Absorbing Man intros, or the Inhumans, first episodes tantalize with new direction and Marvel Cinematic Universe exploration. [Read more…]
Among the many conflicts left in the wake of Batman v Superman (critics vs audience, fans vs “true” fans, Zack Snyder vs the Kent family), the greatest battle is almost shockingly simple: light vs. dark.
I’ve described it as grim, dour, and self-serious to the point of parody, but the less wordy summary of Batman v Superman is “dark.” Those who would deem Batman v Superman a bad movie (I’m partially among them) simultaneously have turned their noses at dark comic book stories. Give us joy, they say, celebrating the camp of Supergirl x Flash. Gives us smiles, they say, retweeting gifs of Spider-Man underoos from the upcoming Civil War. Give us hope, they say, waving a copy of All Star Superman/Man of Steel/Insert_Quality_Superman_Story_Here.
What has frequently been lost in all the declarations of DC’s failure (or success depending on your point of view) is the recognition that there are many shades of dark, and not all of them are flawed.
Which brings us, finally, to the second season of Netflix Daredevil. Daredevil season two looks at the great war of light and dark and echolocates a third option:
Why not both?
In the wake of Batman v Superman’s dark night, how can you avoid comparing the stark contrast of CBS and the CW’s unprecedented cross network comic book TV crossover between Supergirl and Flash? While it’s easy to walk away from the absolutely delightful Supergirl x Flash and say THAT is how DC Comics should be done, I think it’s more true that there’s room for both approaches in the DC Universe. [Read more…]
It’s no secret, but we are lucky enough to have more comic book TV than ever before. I wouldn’t quite call it a golden age, but it’s certainly a budgetary surplus, and with gems like iZombie, Daredevil, and, suddenly, The Walking Dead, there’s a lot of genuinely great TV based on comics. [Read more…]
After last night’s season three premiere, Agents of SHIELD is 3 for 3 on roping me in for the season with strong opening episodes. In my opinion this was the strongest of the three, and that’s of course including a season two opener that featured the Absorbing Man. Here are my top 10 takeaways from last night: [Read more…]
In my reviews of season 2 of Agents of SHIELD, I’ve oscillated between enthusiasm at the show’s improvement and exhaustion at wishing Marvel would take far more chances. Since I’m tired of being a perpetual bummer over a show many MCU fans enjoy, and since my Mom told me if you don’t have anything nice to say, shut up already (something like that), I’m taking a new approach. [Read more…]
Agent Carter’s third episode was extremely understated, to the point of initial frustration. For an eight episode miniseries there sure wasn’t a lot of movement. Despite my initial disappointment, though, I’m still largely enjoying and optimistic for the future of Agent Carter and Marvel TV. [Read more…]
The quote in the headline is one of Loki’s from Avengers, but it aptly fits the new Agent Carter miniseries that aired its first two episodes earlier this week. Despite its cinematic dominance, Marvel’s live action TV game has been inconsistent at best. Agent Carter offers Marvel’s first opportunity since Agents of SHIELD launched in the wake of Avengers to take the live action comic book TV crown from DC Comics. [Read more…]