If you are a fan of the Marvel TV series on Netflix, I am sure you are caught up on all of the shows, including the recently released The Defenders series. If you haven't finished yet then maybe you should stop reading cause SPOILERS ARE COMING. If you are fine with spoilers are have seen the entire season, then we have some great news for you.
The last time we saw Misty Knight (Simone Missick), the savvy and beautiful NYPD detective lost her arm in her attempt to save Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) from Bakuto (Ramón Rodríguez). As the first season of The Defenders concluded, we see Misty recovering in a hospital room paid for by Danny Rand, well thanks the photo above from Luke Cage season 2, we know exactly what they did to her while she was there.
As with her comic book counter part, Misty Knight will now be sporting a bionic arm. What we have yet to find out is how she gets this new powerful limb and what exactly she can do with it. In the comics, the arm is given to her by none other than Tony Stark himself, however, in the Netflix series it is doubtful that they will stick to that origin story. Instead, is seems as though Danny Rand (Finn Jones) a.k.a. Iron Fist will use his money and influence to heal up our favorite NYC detective.
The other unknown is the enhancements the arm will feature. In comics, the arm gives Misty super strength and has a wide selection of weaponry to chose from. This will most likely not be the case for the MCU version. At most, the arm should give her enhanced strength which still makes her hard to defeat given her natural skills and her partnerships with the likes of Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist.
As filming for Luke Cage season 2 continues, we should learn more about Misty's new arm and more. Meanwhile, The Defenders is now streaming on Netflix and The Punisher season 1 arrives later this fall. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have yet to be announced.
Fans of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things still have to wait a couple months for season two to debut, but now they can look forward to a third season as well. In an interview with Vulture on Monday (August 21), show creators Matt and Ross Duffer confirmed the shows renewal.
During the interview, they also revealed future plans for the series. The creators see the show ending after a fourth season. “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” Ross Duffer said.
As for season 2, they want it to feel more like a movie sequel than a new season. Ross said. “If you have a successful movie, No. 2 is always a little bit bigger.”
The second season of Stranger Things will premiere on Netflix on Oct. 27.
According to the folks over at IGN and Deadline, DC is developing a Joker stand alone movie that will act as an origin story.
According to reports, a Joker origin film is in early development stages by Warner Bros. and DC, with Todd Phillips, who directed The Hangover, on board to direct and co-write the script with Scott Silver, who wrote Eminem's 8 Mile.
IGN is also reporting that the movie will not involve Jared Leto as the character. Instead, it will be part of an unannounced imprint of DC films that will look to tell one-off stories about beloved characters in the DC canon. (So, for example, even if this film is released, Jared Leto's Joker would still appear in any DCEU-related films, such as Suicide Squad 2).
In 1977, Nick Hammond became the first theatrical Peter Parker. The two hour movie branched into a thirteen episode tv show. The movie was made to see if a series would succeed but during this time, tv land was suffering from its own superhero fatigue. Hulk, Batman, Wonder Woman and many more incarnations of comic book heroes had been going strong for a while. The villains of the show weren’t even apart of Spidey’s famous rogue gallery but a mind controlling guru. It was such an expensive project that every scene that Peter’s Aunt May appeared she was played by a different actress. It was as campy as it could get.
Then came Tobey McGuire. He wasn’t executives’ first choice but director Sam Rami suggested he was the best choice. Tobey had a nerdy charm that Rami liked. McGuire also showed dedication with his workout results. And when the director and his star made their movie, it was the first film to crack a one hundred-million-dollar weekend. It showed studios that superheroes were the next big thing. It was a critical and commercial success because it was highly stylized, self-realized and it didn’t hold back on its character development. I speak about a scene, where Green Goblin attacks Spidey while he protects Mary-Jane and a trolley full of kids. Spidey is tested with his heart and his duty and suffers the consequence for it. The Goblin throws a bomb in his face and brutally beats our hero down. He literally doesn’t pull back any punches and its truly a shock. Soon Spidey triumphs with the power of love when the Goblin directly threatens MJ.
Finally, the DCEU (Detective Comics Extended Universe) has gotten its film universe right. Or at least that’s what a certain group of fanboys are saying. The more recent DC films have gotten a lot of flak up until the premier of Director Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman. I however, defended the comic universe since its start with Man of Steel. However, compared to the MCU (Marvel cinematic universe), this shared universe is oddly conjoined. But after the release of this film, they are finally starting to make sense.
Patty Jenkins’ female lead super spectacle is great not because its a female starred and directed summer blockbuster but because it’s simply a well put together movie. So much creativity is put into this film. Although it’s a straight forward origin story, the directing done wonderfully, no pun intended. It starts off almost like a Disney movie following little princess Diana as she hopes to be a warrior like her mother and the rest of the Themyscura Amazons. During this time, we meet a great bunch of characters starting with Robin Wright (who hasn’t changed a bit since she was Forest Gump’s’ Jenny), Connie Nielson (who looks as royal as she did in Gladiator) and boxing champ, Ann Wolf in tip top shade. We also meet Steve Trevor, a world war one pilot, awesomely played by Chris Pine. During this time, Trevor is a fish-out-of-water as he’s the only man on the island. Eventually Steve informs the amazons of the impending doom of the war. It causes he and Diana to venture off to end the war of all wars.
While in this early 1900’s era of France, Diana finds herself in a fish-out-of-water situation and learns the potential of who she is meant to be, the “God Killer”. Diana thinks it’s a sword but it’s her. Jenkins does her job with making the audience think it’s the sword but dramatic irony tells us otherwise. The film’s disposition smoothly goes from a ‘Maltese Falcon’ type with its elegant adult banter to the an invincible-type ‘Captain America’ war epic then to a ‘Casablanca’ love story. There is a scene where Diana and Steve share a moment and say goodbye to each other. Its beautiful because amidst the sounds of war and the haze of haunting memories you cannot hear anything they are saying. It was tastefully dramatic and a well-placed example of scenes from that early era of film. Each version was
well fitted for the time and each moment was seamless in its execution. There were also a few Superman references to the Richard Donner era. These older themes are what made this film stand out.
Probably one of my favorite aspects of the film is that it felt like a human story instead of a woman-human story. During a time where male superheroes dominate, this film manages to not sink to the level of defending womanhood to the point of attacking males. There were the occasional feminist statements but that’s normal for a movie surrounding women. It was true to an intellectual woman’s character without being condescending. It’s also important because she stands tall next to Bats and Supes. They both have had movies since the 60’s. Diana has had a few shows and made for tv movies but nothing on this scale. Her story deserves to be taken seriously. In the years to come these ‘hero’ stories will struggle of find their individuality. This year especially carries many possible game changers of the genre on the horizon. I’m confident when I say Wonder woman will stand tall among these game changers.
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Starz, the premium cable network, is partnering with RZA and Jerry Bruckheimer to bring Marc Olden’s book series Black Samurai to life as a scripted TV series. The project has already lined up Chicago born rapper Common to play the lead character, Robert Sand.
The drama follows Robert Sand, a highly trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai. After his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand is thrust on a worldwide journey of both revenge and self-discovery.
The series will be a modernization of the 1977 blaxploitation film staring Jim Kelly and will be a mash-up of spy and martial arts genres. The show will have a soundtrack that features the music of Common and Wu-Tang Clan, among others.
Black Samurai marks Common’s return to the small screen following his leading role on AMC Western Hell on Wheels, which he exited during its fourth season in 2014.