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Deadpool 2 Spoiler Free Review

Deadpool 2 Spoiler Free Review

Warning: This review contains swearing, but it’s a Deadpool review, so you probably won’t care if you’re here.

Deadpool has been a legend among Marvel comic characters ever since his creation. He defies superhero rules, swears, breaks the fourth wall and is generally the biggest fucking antihero to ever antihero.

So, naturally, his debut film starring Ryan Reynolds as the infamous Wade Wilson became the highest selling R rated movie of all time in 2016. This year his sequel came out, and the question is, does it live up to the hype of the original?

You can bet your ass it does!

Deadpool 2 is an explosive (literally) fireball of a sequel, keeping all the things fans love from the first film while keeping the storyline fresh and original.

Without giving away spoilers, Deadpool 2 is about family, responsibility and standing up for those who need a hero. It’s also about grief and the lengths people will go to to try to make things right again. It gets deep, real deep, deeper than anyone thought Deadpool could get without the help of bullets and katanas.

And yet, it’s still funny. In between the serious, heartbreaking moments where we really see who Wade Wilson is at his core, is the usual cracktastic Deadpool we all love. He breaks the 4th wall, he makes jokes that are very, very close to the mark, he still kills people in the most violent way possible.

He’s still Deadpool, but there’s so much heart in this film, I wasn’t expecting it at all.
At first, it’ll have you saying some variation of ‘what in the ass is going on here?!’ But what follows is truly one of the best films I’ve seen this year. In places it’s beautiful, in others it’s hilarious, in others you cringe in pain for characters after particularly bloody fights. Deadpool 2 was more than I could have ever imagined it would be. I loved every mad second of it.

With cameos, you never expected to see, introductions to new fan favorites, and a fantastic storyline, Deadpool 2 has proven that it is a juggernaut of a franchise that can and will break every convention the superhero genre has picked up over the years, all while being ridiculously entertaining.

If you loved Deadpool 1, you will adore Deadpool 2. It truly is a masterpiece from Fox. Something I never thought I would say (with the exception of Logan last year, which I’m still not over).

Just a word of advice -stick around after the credits roll, the end credit scene is the best thing I’ve ever seen, that had the audience screaming with laughter. It, like the rest of the film, is not to be missed.

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Westworld – Is The Man In Black Actually A Host?

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WARNING – SPOILERS FOR WESTWORLD SEASONS ONE AND TWO AHEAD, PROCEED WITH CAUTION

Westworld is a show known for its surprise plot twists. Benard is actually a) a robot, built by Ford, and b) based entirely on Arnold, Delores is also Wyatt, The Man In Black is actually William, the list goes on and on. Timelines, plot twists, and generally things you do not see coming is what Westworld is known for, besides gory violence.

And this has gotten me thinking, what if The Man In Black/William, is actually one of the Hosts, not a Guest as we are currently lead to believe?

It sounds mad and utterly impossible, but if you’ll let me, I’ll explain my reasoning:

  • Every story needs a villain, and what better than a mysterious, all-powerful man? Ford loves a good story, and what better way than to create this mysterious character, one who’s hell-bent on making the park even more real than it already is?
  • The Man In Black is obsessed with Delores and The Maze, and while he doesn’t understand what The Maze really is, or who it is for, it could be argued that it is his cornerstone. Ford and Arnold/Benard talk a lot about each Host having a cornerstone – something each of them holds on to and keeps on going back to. Delores and Teddy have each other, Benard has his son, The Man In Black’s are Delores, The Maze, and Hector. He’s always with at least one of the two Host’s or is hunting them down. And if you notice, he always goes to them, every time he ‘enters’ the park.
  • We never actually see The Man In Black outside of Westworld, we only ever see William outside, and that has only happened twice in this latest season. He rarely talks about the outside world, only that he owns a majority share of the park, and that he saved Ford’s project when it was failing. One other Guest speaks to The Man In Black briefly about his foundation, but he immediately cuts them off. Almost like he is centered around the park, and doesn’t want to leave, just like the rest of the Host’s.
  • And finally, the most damning of evidence. During Monday’s episode, The Man In Black has been shot in the arm and has to get the bullet out. We briefly see him pull it out, with a bit of blood, but as he closes the wound, we never see a close-up shot. The camera remains fixed on his and Hector’s faces as they talk. Go back and watch that part again, and think to yourself – in a show that loves its gore and violence, why completely avoid showing a man sewing up a gunshot wound, unless they were trying to hide something? It is common in TV and film to see the wound up close, to see it being fixed, why hide this specific shot, to focus entirely on our two character’s faces?

I could come up with more reasons, but currently, this is just off the top of my head. At the moment it sounds convincing, but it still begs the question, if The Man In Black is actually a robotic Host, is William real? And if so, how does he fit into all of this?

I’ve come up with a solution to that, too.

What if William was real, and everything we saw of him and Logan’s adventures in Westworld 30 years ago is all real? What if William really was obsessed with Westworld, bought the majority shares of it, and kept on coming back, over and over, unable to stop himself?

But what if he found out that he was dying? What if he died, and his final wish was to be made into a Host and planted into Westworld, as part of a big storyline? William admitted that he loved the park, that it made him feel alive, he was utterly obsessed with Delores, what if he wanted to be with her forever, and this was the only way, in his twisted mind?

He had the power to do it – as a large shareholder in the Delos company, he could order his robotic creation into existence. And Ford clearly has no morals when it comes to creating life model decoys of people he knows, using them to work for him in some way. He’s proved that already with Arnold/Benard.

And, if you think about it, it would make sense to do something like this. Creating a Host version of your now deceased main shareholder creates a lot of leverage and power for Ford. He can play with The Man In Black’s motives, he can get him to order the rest of the company to do as he wants. He can send the man out into the world, possibly to spy on other companies, bring back information on enemies. A Host pretending to be the majority shareholder in the Westworld company would be an incredibly useful thing to have – not to mention a powerful character in the park itself.

I could be entirely wrong, I could be reading too much into this. But it’s definitely something to think about. It’s not outside the realm of possibility in this show – nothing is. We have been blindsided by others being revealed to be robots before, it wouldn’t be completely mad to think that there is more than one person in the Westworld company who isn’t as human as they look.

What do you guys think? Am I barking entirely up the wrong tree? Or could I really be onto something?

Comment down below, tell me what you think of all of this!

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March Reading Wrap Up

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March has been a busy one, between shopping trips, turning 22, and a whole load of other things, I’ve barely had time to read!

Well, when I say that, I mean that I’ve barely had time to focus on a book that actually interested me. Recently, as I said in my previous post, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, and it wasn’t until I read Nevernight that I came out of it.

But before then, I still tried to read a few books, so I thought I’d do a wrap-up and give my thoughts on what I’ve read this month. I would usually wait until April to make this post on my youtube channel, but the next two weeks are dedicated to the Superheroathon, which is going to have its own wrap up at the end of it. So I thought I’d do a written wrap up over here instead.

So, let’s get to it then!

Firstly, I read Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D Volume One – The Coulson Protocols.

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I read this one because the TV counterpart to this comic was coming back to English TV this month, and I wanted to finally explore the comics a little, so I gave this one a shot.

The comic storyline was quite fun – someone had stolen a whole load of S.H.I.E.L.D files and were using those files to figure out how to kill the superheroes, so the team set off to try and find the culprit. Classic S.H.I.E.L.D storyline, and enjoyable too. The plot twists were great, and I loved how many superheroes turned up in the comic.

There was only one thing I couldn’t get passed.

Everyone was so different from their TV counterpart. I’ve been a S.H.I.E.L.D fan ever since the show started – have loved Coulson as a character since he turned up in the first Iron Man film, but all the characters were different in this.

Maria Hill was apparently evil, Coulson was the same rank, or slightly below, Ward, Fitz could have been working for the other side, it was weird. Like, really weird. And I wasn’t sure what to make of it, to be honest. It felt like the team hadn’t gelled as well as they do in the show, which for me left a fundamental hole in the story. I watch S.H.I.E.L.D partly for the story, but partly because I love the family they have become, having that missing was weird, to say the least.

On the whole, despite its flaws, I gave the comic a 4/5 stars, if not just because the supers knew that Coulson was alive, and they actually turned up to help.

Next, I went on to start Sabriel by Garth Nix.

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I’d been looking forward to this one for a while, I’d heard many great things about this series over the years, but I sadly just could not get into it.

I DNF’d after 10 chapters sadly, even though I really wanted to like it. I found that I couldn’t connect with the characters or the story that well, I didn’t really care for what was going on or for the magic world Nix had created.

It was incredibly disappointing, especially after having spent so long looking forward to reading the book, I wished I could have continued, but I just found that I didn’t care at all for the characters.

That being said though, I am willing to give this book another chance at some other time. If I’m completely honest, I’ve been in a weird mood this year so I may have not liked this book because of that. So, hopefully, once this mood lifts, I’m going to pick it up again and give it another try. Who knows, maybe I’ll like it then. It had great potential, and it did have a storyline I’m usually interested in, so there’s a chance I’ll like it more the second time around.

I then moved onto Jessica Jones: ALIAS Volume One.

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Again, I read this because Jessica Jones series two came out this month, and I wanted to explore her comic origins a bit more. I chose ALIAS because that is the Jessica incarnation I’m most familiar with.

But again, I had the same problem as I had with S.H.I.E.L.D. The comic was just so different from the TV counterpart. Jessica knows the Avengers, is friends with Carol Danvers and lives in the same city as the Fantastic Four. I know that in the comics, everybody lives together in the same universe and that copyright doesn’t prevent crossover, but it was weird.

I could have gotten over that though if it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t feel like Jessica was very Jessica. In the Netflix TV show, Jessica Jones is a badass, superstrong, mess of a human being. She drinks, she swears, she sleeps around to distract herself from the trauma she has experienced. She calls out men and women who take advantage of others, or even hint at it. She’s abrasive, rude, and generally, well… Jessica. 

In this comic, I felt like she was incredibly watered down. Yes, Jessica drank and was super strong, but she was nowhere near as badass as she usually was. She gave in too quickly with things, didn’t have the same drive she usually has, and generally she just… wasn’t herself. There didn’t seem to be any trauma, thanks to The Purple Man, no drive to point out sexism. All in all, I felt like she was letting people walk all over her, and to me, that isn’t Jessica Jones.

So again, I loved the superhero appearances, the references to Jessica’s time as an out and proud superhero, but for me, it wasn’t as good as the TV show. It didn’t give me the same feminist feeling, it just felt like there was something missing.

3/5 stars, mostly, again, for the superhero appearances.

After that, I moved onto the crowning glory of this month. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

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I won’t speak much about it because I’ve already reviewed it in another post, but what I will say is this:

Nevernight is amazing. I loved every single second of this assassin’s journey for revenge. I loved the plot twists, the action, the world-building, all of it. I loved the questions it gave me at the end, the girl power vibes, and just about everything else.

This book brought me out of a reading slump so quick it nearly gave me whiplash. If you ever get the chance to read the book, I highly recommend it, unless you are squeamish over blood, guts, and gore. If you’re a lover of it like me, then you will be in for an unforgettable treat with this book!

Onto the final book of March before the Superheroathon, which was Marie Lu’s The Young Elites, and I have mixed feelings on this one.

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First of all, I flew through it. The chapters were all incredibly short, and the story moved at a good pace, so things moved along quicker than usual, which was great, as I was short on time.

But with the quick speed, things fell by the wayside. Things like character and world building.

Out of The Daggers, a group of Young Elites, only three are focused on in any detail. We get the main characters back story and fully detailed scenes of her with these two other characters. We get the villains perspective at times, giving his motivations. We get a bit of detail as to why the main character is so dark inside.

But we don’t get any information on anyone else. We get incredibly brief descriptions of the other Elites powers and fleeting mentions of their names, but that’s about it. There’s no real backstory, no time to build up any sort of detail in character, and it had me incredibly lost the entire time.

The side characters blurred so much for me I could not tell them apart, I barely knew what anybody’s powers were, let alone what their code names were, so when there was a scene involving these characters, I spent them lost and confused as to who was doing what.

Personally, I feel like this book was better suited for a younger YA audience, rather than an older one. Or maybe the detail comes in the sequel, I don’t know. All I know is that I was confused and lost for half of the book, which disappointed me a bit.

Maybe it was my fault for building it up in my head so much, I knew it was about supervillains, or at least people perceived as supervillains, and got far too overexcited. I was expecting dark, detailed, possibly disgusting death scenes, just like Nevernight. When I didn’t get that, I couldn’t get passed it.

I might read this one again one day, expectations lower. Or maybe I should read the next one, see if there’s any more detail there. I could be missing out on a goldmine of a series, I’ll let you guys tell me down in the comments if I should continue or not.

3/5 stars again, it was a great concept, with a lot of delicious darkness in the main character, it just lacked the detail I wanted in everything else.

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But that is everything I read in March, what did you guys read? Agree with me on any of this, should I continue with The Young Elites? Let me know down below in the comments!

 

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff Spoiler Free Review

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You know when you’re in such a bad reading slump, that nothing is catching your attention, and every book seems boring? I felt the exact same way recently.

I couldn’t relate to the main character, I didn’t care for the storyline, I didn’t like the writing style. The list of problems was endless, I just could not make my way through an entire book.

And then I found Nevernight.

My God, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff knocked the slump right out of me, blew me away, and has fast become one of my favourite books. It’s currently contending for my book of the year, which is an incredible feat, considering I’ve read some fantastic books so far this year.

Let’s start by talking about what Nevernight is all about, shall we?

Nevernight follows the story of Mia, a girl who grew up in Godsgrave (funnily enough, the title of the second book in this series), and her quest to become an assassin. Yes, this book is about assassins. Can you tell why I was sold immediately?

Mia’s entire family was killed when she was a child, and now she wants revenge on the officials who sanctioned their murders. To do that, she must train under the Red Church, to learn the tricks of the assassin trade so she can exact revenge.

There’s only one problem, there are 27 other people training with her, and there’s only space for 4 new ‘Blades.’ Those who don’t graduate, but survive training, become ‘Hands,’ the servants of the Red Church and its Blades. And Hands don’t get to avenge their dead.

Full of twists and turns, and leaving behind several questions that need answering in the next two in the Nevernight Chronicles trilogy, Nevernight is a fantastic book to read. I loved finding out about the Church, the magic of the world, and about Mia herself. She was a headstrong, cocky, but intelligent character, who didn’t fall into the ‘strong female character because she hits things’ trope. Mia shows intelligence and wit, a strong moral code, despite her chosen profession, and a deep sense of the plight of others. I loved watching her story unfold in front of me.

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Favourite parts of this book:

  • Mia, to start with. As I said above, she was a strong female character, without being exceptionally strong, she was strong in her intelligence, her moral code, and her sympathetic nature. She had her mission, but she still had time for mischief, making friends, and falling in love. I loved her.
  • The flashbacks. Mia’s past is slowly revealed through flashbacks throughout the book, which was far better than giving it to the reader immediately from the off. The flashbacks were also really clearly marked, so it was impossible to get lost between the two timelines. Also, it really helped to humanise Mia further and give the reader a better explanation as to why Mia was on this mission in the first place.
  • The plot twists. I won’t reveal any, but let’s just say that there were one or two that gave me whiplash as I read. I haven’t been hit like that in a long time, and very rarely have I been hit with a plot twist that good in a book.
  • The magic. Nevernight wasn’t a book steeped in magic, it was more that some characters had some level of magic inside them, and nearly all of it was twisted. From people who can change a person’s face from beautiful to horrifyingly ugly, to others who can transport others across the country through pools of blood, magic was seen as fascinating, but something to be feared.
  • Nobody was ever slut-shamed. There’s a lot of sex in this, and it’s not skimmed over either. And yet, nobody was ever slut-shamed, or shamed at all for sleeping with anybody else. The teachers of the Church don’t want anybody out after the ninth bell, but that’s for a completely different reason. Women sleep with men, and nobody is ever told that they are lesser for it. Hell, every acolyte takes a class in seduction! This is a completely free-from- shaming zone, and I loved that.

That’s just a few things I liked about this book, I just generally really, really loved it! I had very few cons, and it was for very small things, such as:

  • I sometimes got lost in fight scenes. But I nearly always do in books, for some reason, I can never properly get my head wrapped around fight scenes. In that sense, I’m definitely a visual person.
  • I wanted a bit more of an explanation and backstory to the bad guy. It didn’t feel like it was just ‘chucked in,’ it had very clearly been mapped out and hinted at throughout the story. But I had just wanted a bit more information on them. Maybe I’ll get it in the sequel, I hope so.

But other than that, I genuinely adored this book. It was exactly what I needed to read right now.

Nevernight is a fast paced, action packed, thrill ride of a book. If you love books about assassins, magic and revenge, and don’t mind a lot of swearing, violence and bloodshed, I would not hesitate to run out and buy this book!

I have to thank Clara, from Clara Reads Books, for recommending this book so much I had to pick it up. It’s brought me out of my horrendous reading slump and given me a new favourite author.

5/5 stars, I cannot wait for the second book!

 

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Monsters Of Verity by Victoria Schwab Review

Monsters Of Verity by Victoria Schwab Review

This time last year, I bought a trilogy called A Darker Shade Of Magic by an unknown author to me – V. E Schwab, and I quickly became obsessed with them, devouring every word, feeling like I couldn’t get through it quick enough and find out what happened.

Since then, I’ve had this desperate urge to read more of her work, to see what other stories Schwab could tell, and so, I decided to start 2018 with her duology Monsters Of Verity. 

All I have to say is wow. 

I’ve spent this week essentially binge reading This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet, and both are simply incredible. In concept, storyline, world building, and just about every other way possible.

The books tell the story of Kate Harker and August Flynn. Kate is a human from North City, the daughter of Callum Harker, who keeps monsters as pets and demands payment from citizens for their protection.

August, on the other hand, is a monster, a very rare form of monster, from South City, the adopted son of the leader of the FTF – a group trying to protect humans from the monsters bite. The two meet in school, and soon find themselves on the run, hunted by the monsters Kate’s father is supposed to control, as the cracks of so-called peace start to appear.

What follows is an incredible story, one I couldn’t help but adore every single second of.

At first, I was slightly wary of this duology – it’s a YA, whereas A Darker Shade Of Magic is a more adult series. So I was worried that there was going to be something missing from Schwab’s writing, that it could be dumbed down a bit, possibly sanitised for a younger, more impressionable audience.

Not true.

Not true in the slightest.

This duology is dark, dealing with murder and massacres, fights and fear, bombs and blood. It’s thick with it and doesn’t shy away from talking about it. About the consequences of violence, the sacrifices people make in war, of the ruthlessness of humanity and what that can create. It’s all there, never once talking down to the reader, never treating the reader like they’re anything but intelligent human beings.

From the first page, I was swept up into the story, constantly wanting to read more, entirely engrossed in events unfolding on the page. Just a quarter of the way through book one, I was already telling my mum and best friend to read the books. By the end, I’m not going to let it go until they do.

These books are a must read for any fan of Schwab’s more adult work. They’re a must read for urban fantasy readers. They’re a must read for anyone who likes reading about monsters and violence.

They’re simply a must read.

And, they’re also proof of V. E. Schwab’s writing power. She’s a powerhouse who produces two books a year on average, all high quality, well thought out, and utterly engrossing. I cannot speak highly enough of her writing skill. She’s in my top 3 favourite writers, fighting with the big guns Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

I cannot recommend this duology enough, it is rare that I find a series I want to devour so fast, and this was definitely one of them. If you ever get the chance to read these books, do it. You will not regret it.

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Golden Kingsman

The Kingsman Are Golden

Suit jackets are buttoned, ties are tied, the Oxfords are on, not the Brogues. That can only mean one thing – the Kingsman are back!

Last night, the second outing for the Kingsman debuted, and what an adventure it was!

Robots, psychopathic villains and character resurrections define The Golden Circle, in one of the maddest, out of this world films I’ve seen this year.

Think Kingsman 1, but bigger, better, and all round crazier, and you have the vaguest idea of this film.

The Golden Circle follows Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Rylance), the only surviving members of the Kingsman, after every hideout is blown to pieces, as they travel to America to find the US version of their organisation – The Statesman.

The two could not be more different, the Kingsman are the definition of stylish, discreet, and gentlemanly. The Statesman are quite a bit louder, brasher, and just about every stereotype an American secret service organisation could be – but with some very cool toys.

Naturally, Eggsy and Merlin clash terribly with Statesman agents Whiskey (Pedro Pascal), Champs (Jeff Bridges), and Tequila (Channing Tatum), but have to work as best they can to take down The Golden Circle, who have a plan to kill millions with infected drugs.

Sound like enough to be dealing with? Well, there’s another thing to add to that list of problems – Harry is back. That’s right, Harry Hart (Colin Firth), Eggsy’s mentor, previously shot-through-the-head-and-dead agent of Kingsman, is alive. Missing an eye, and all of his memories, but he’s alive. And Eggsy has no idea what to do, he has to complete the mission, but he needs Harry back to his old self, so the old crew are back together.

Hilarious, insane, and ruder than the first, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is an unforgettable thrill ride. Anyone who says it was too long, or suffered from thinking ‘bigger is better’ is entirely wrong, and clearly don’t know what the Kingsman franchise is all about. It’s about massive fight scenes, far-fetched plots, insane characters, it’s escapism in it’s truest form.

I laughed, I nearly cried, and loved every damn second of it. As Eggsy would say – it was fucking awesome – and well worth seeing several times over.

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The Defenders Are In Business

The Defenders Are In Business

 

I’ve just spent the entire day, since 8 am this morning, watching the new Marvel Netflix show – Defenders.

And ohhhh boy, was it AMAZING!

The eight episodes chronicle previous Netflix series heroes – Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones), as they team up to finally put a stop to The Hand – an organisation both Iron Fist and Daredevil have faced before.

Without giving away spoilers, of which they are many, the TV show is an absolute thrill ride and brings Marvel’s Netflix world back on track.

Things, for me at least, fell apart a bit during Iron Fist’s first solo outing. The fight scenes did nothing for me, the story wasn’t all that interesting, and, quite frankly, everyone around Iron Fist was more interesting than Iron Fist himself.

But, Defenders brings Netflix back on track. A brilliant story line, excellent fight scenes for everyone, lots of blood, guts and gore, there’s something for everyone.

Also, Marvel has clearly taken the time to improve the character behind the Iron First, Danny Rand. His choreography was far better than before, and while naive (and, admittedly, still annoyingly head strong) Danny almost became likeable. 

Don’t get me wrong, I finished the series still not liking him, but I hated him less after this series. I still laughed at watching him get beaten up, but I wasn’t actively wanting him to get killed like I was in his solo series.

Personally, I think it was all down to how he was presented, and how he interacted with other characters.

His fellow Defenders really offset Danny’s annoying tendencies and stopped him rushing into danger a lot, as well as shut down his naive moments. He still had them, but at least his ideas weren’t followed through with for the most part, so I didn’t feel like tearing my hair out with frustration with him.

As for the other Defenders, they were all still on complete top form. They blended together perfectly in my opinion. They didn’t like each other all that much, and certainly didn’t get along for most of the show, but they still blended together well.

I had been worried that this series wouldn’t work, as the characters are too different in personality and too similar in powers. But it actually worked incredibly well.

Worked so well, in fact, I was near tears by the end. Honestly, I very nearly cried at the end. At the very least, I was terrified that someone wasn’t going to come back.

From the cinematography to the plot, to the comic references, this show is truly bringing Marvel back on track.

If you’re someone who loves Marvel, violence, gore, or just Netflix TV shows, I would highly recommend Marvel’s The Defenders. It’s clever, funny in places, violent to the extreme at points, and restored my faith in Marvel’s Netflix universe.

The Defenders are officially in business, and I cannot wait to see what they do next, individually or together.

Whatever they do next, it will certainly be one hell of a ride.