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Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 2:39PM EST
Marvel legend Stan Lee dies at 95
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The iconic Marvel writer, editor and publisher -- who co-created numerous superhero characters that included Daredevil, Spider-Man and Black Panther -- died this morning, one month shy of his 96th birthday, after he was rushed by ambulance from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. TMZ reports: "Lee had suffered several illnesses over the last year or so -- he had a bout of pneumonia and vision issues." In addition to his behind-the-scenes work at Marvel, Lee also became known for making cameos on Marvel properties. One of his last on-screen appearances was as a limo driver last year on Hulu's Runaways. He even made a cameo last year on ABC's Fresh Off the Boat. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, "long before his Marvel characters made it to the movies, they appeared on television. An animated Spider-Man show ... ran on ABC from 1967 to 1970. Bill Bixby played Dr. David Banner, who turns into a green monster (Lou Ferrigno) when he gets agitated, in the 1977-82 CBS drama The Incredible Hulk. And Pamela Anderson provided the voice of Stripperella, a risque animated Spike TV series that Lee wrote for in 2003-04." ALSO: Marvel Universe stars pay tribute to Stan Lee.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
Luke Cage's cancelation isn't that disappointing because it wasn't black enough, and its quality suffered in trying to appeal to everybody
The Netflix version of the Marvel character was specially built not to alienate non-white audiences, says Noel Ransome. Or as Mike Colter put it, he was supposed to be superhero, not a black superhero. "Interestingly enough, it’s that stance that made Luke Cage, the character, the worst part of his own show," says Ransome. "He was the principled, sullen and reluctant vigilante that felt disappointingly wooden. He was the Old Navy mannequin experiencing sentiency through a script. Through season one, his main pathos and character conflicts stood outside of himself; Luke Cage vs. Cottonmouth...Luke Cage Vs. Bushmaster. Beyond that, he was altruistic to the point of feeling stale. Characters Daredevil and Jessica Jones felt comparatively honest because their internal conflicts were real and severely broken in a, I’m-not-trusting-these-fools-with-my-life sort of way. Sure, there was a play Luke's humanity through an animosity driven arc with his father and his anger; but he was still engrained to be a flawless presentation for both white and black viewers; the complete antidote to the negative arguments against black communities as a whole." The Netflix version of Luke Cage, Ransome adds, was a "watered-down Kool-Aid interpretation, dipped in high-fructose corn syrup, with the blandness of an on-duty mall cop. And over the course of two seasons, I noticed the strain of disease Luke Cage was suffering from; the same conundrum TV shows and films designed for black audiences tolerate in a marketable woke culture."
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 10:24AM EDT
Daredevil showrunner reacts to Iron Fist and Luke Cage's cancelations
Erik Oleson says the future of Marvel shows on Netflix is "way above my pay grade." Still, he was disappointed in the two cancelations. “I’m close, personal friends with (Iron Fist showrunner) Raven Metzner and a number of folks who worked on that show, and I’m sad for my friends,” says Oleson. “The Marvel shows are a family. As the showrunner of Daredevil, I’m always rooting for my fellow showrunners and their families, and it was a hard blow. I’m not going to lie. I took Raven out for drinks on Saturday night and we commiserated. It was heartbreaking news.”
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
Is superhero fatigue to blame for Netflix's Luke Cage and Iron Fist cancelations?
"Remember when Smallville was TV’s lone superhero show? (And hell, it didn’t even let Clark Kent have flights or tights.)," says Matt Webb Mitovich. "Now, seven years after that Superman origin story wrapped its run, TV is home to nearly 20 comic book-based series about specially abled heroes, with another batch in the pipeline. Could it be that Luke Cage and Iron Fist, which both got powered down this month, are the first casualties of simply too much super going on?" He points out that The CW has had a combined 22 seasons of superhero shows, while Gotham's ratings on Fox haven't been super. Add to that the recent launch of DC Universe and its superhero shows and it shouldn't be surprising to see superhero fatigue kicking in. Mitovich notes that in the "escalation of omnipresence comes that fact that it’s harder than ever for a hero to seem super, to stand out in the crowd."
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
Marvel's Daredevil star Charlie Cox explains why Ben Affleck's 2003 Daredevil movie didn't work
Source: ET Canada
“I thought Ben Affleck did a great job. I really liked his Matt Murdock. It was in keeping with the characters in the comics," Cox said in an interview with The Telegraph. “The problem with the film was that the best Daredevil runs in print are geared toward a slightly more mature audience. He’s not Spider-Man… not really a teenage superhero. That’s where the film didn’t quite work – it was a little too, dare I say, comic book-y for that character.”
Posted Saturday 10/20/18 at 2:43AM EDT
Luke Cage's abrupt cancelation begs the question: Is the Marvel TV universe falling apart?
Netflix's decision to cancel Luke Cage on a Friday night was shocking enough, but why do it on the same day it launched the third season of Marvel's Daredevil? "It’s been four months since the second season of Luke Cage came out," says Phil Owen. "Marvel and Netflix have had since June to make a decision about the show, but waited until this exact moment to tell everybody. They could have waited another week. They could have announced it in tandem with the Iron Fist news. Instead they chose to cancel Luke Cage not only on launch day, but at a time in the evening when many people on the East Coast were probably just settling in to watch Daredevil. And that’s not even taking into account that it took less than half that long for Iron Fist to get the axe after its second season." The reported decision that the cancelation was for creative reasons also doesn't make sense, he says, pointing out that Marvel and Netflix have had no qualms with replacing showrunners -- Daredevil and Iron Fist have had six showrunners combined. "Of course," he adds, "Disney/Marvel could just as easily be eyeing a gradual fresh start, especially since the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been increasingly distant from the movies. Most notably, Thanos’ finger snap has had no affect on any of the shows that came out after he wiped out half the universe. It wouldn’t be impossible to simply roll out completely new versions of these characters and make like their Netflix versions don’t share the same universe." ALSO: Iron Fist star Finn Jones expresses solidarity with Luke Cage in an Instagram post.
Posted Saturday 10/20/18 at 2:43AM EDT
Daredevil is back to being great again in Season 3
Source: The A.V. Club
Season 3 finds the Marvel series getting back to basics, especially with a familiar, marginally more scaleable foe: Wilson Fisk, says Danette Chavez. "It’s a welcome reset," says Chavez, "but one that initially says more about the underwhelming quality of the show’s second season (the introduction of the Punisher notwithstanding) and the years-in-the-making Defenders showdown... As exciting as it is to watch Fisk and Daredevil circle each other again, there’s something almost conciliatory about this arrangement, despite the fact that (new showrunner Erik) Oleson and team weren’t involved in previous decisions to spend so much time on such uninspired enemies (though it is in keeping with the overall Catholic guilt theme). It’s as if they’re acknowledging previous missteps, and offering up the tried-and-true dynamic of Daredevil and Kingpin, who both know what it’s like to wear a mask."
- Season 3's epic fight scene was a tremendously impressive achievement
- Charlie Cox describes filming the fight scene in one take
- New showrunner Erik Oleson dissects the 11 1/2-minute fight sequence
- Cox describes his character as being "more reckless than he’s ever been…which I think could be very interesting"
Posted Thursday 10/04/18 at 1:23PM EDT
Daredevil unveils a dark official trailer for Season 3
Watch Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock face off against Vincent D'Onofrio's bad guy Wilson Fisk.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Daredevil teases Vincent D’Onofrio’s return as Wilson Fisk
Netflix has offered the first look at Fisk in his new outfit.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 1:16PM EDT
Daredevil Season 3 drops on Oct. 19
Netflix released a "Date Announcement" trailer featuring Matt Murdock training for his return.
Posted Friday 9/07/18 at 12:18PM EDT
Iron Fist teases Daredevil Season 3
Watch the 30-second scene featuring Matt Murdock from the end of Iron Fist's second season.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 9:28PM EDT
Ranking every Marvel Netflix season, from worst to best
Iron Fist Season 1 is the worst, Jessica Jones Season 1 is the best, according to this Vulture ranking.
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 7:07PM EDT
Former Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight signs overall deal with Netflix
DeKnight, who also created Starz's Spartacus, will develop and produce new shows for the streaming service under a new deal. DeKnight was showrunner on the first season of Marvel's Daredevil.
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Rosario Dawson may be done with Netflix's Marvel shows
The actress said at a Comic Con in London that she may be done with the Marvel shows after the upcoming second season of Luke Cage. “Yeah, its pretty wild actually. I don’t know if I’ll be back after this, to be honest, but it’s been an amazing few years,” she said.
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Netflix should begin wrapping up its Marvel series after one season
Source: The Mary Sue
From Jessica Jones to Daredevil, Marvel shows have experienced a sophomore slump. 'It’s as if these writing teams are trying to write their seasons as if they’re runs on a comic book—with one story arc ending, and another beginning mid-season—and it doesn’t work," says Teresa Jusino.