I think it’s safe to say that Marvel’s Netflix shows have been slightly hit-and-miss this year for me.
After the fantastic Defenders series (unpopular opinion, I know, but I loved it personally) last year, I was ridiculously excited to see more adventures from each Defender this year.
And each one was not entirely what I wanted, for various reasons.
For me, Jessica Jones needed a stronger actress playing the villain. I couldn’t warm to her, and couldn’t really take her seriously throughout. Also, I struggled greatly with the storyline with Hogarth, due to personal reasons. And, if I’m honest, I really missed Kilgrave, not just because I’m a David Tennant fan, but because his character was so terrifying and compelling. This year’s villain could not live up to him.
Along came Luke Cage, and I wasn’t a fan of how slow this season was. There were elements of greatness flashing through it, and the season took Luke to a very interesting place, but there was just a disconnect for me, one that wasn’t there in the first season.
Then Iron Fist happened, and I haven’t exactly held back on how much I don’t like him as a character. Admittedly, I enjoyed the final scene with Colleen and was excited to see where that went. Now that it’s been canceled, alongside Luke Cage, I’m hoping for Daughters Of The Dragon, so I can really see her and Misty come into the light.
So, as you can imagine, I was slightly hesitant going into Daredevil season 3. I’d read the Born Again comic, and hadn’t really enjoyed it. And after this year’s offerings, I was rather worried.
Still, I went in with hope, and wow, I needn’t have ever worried.
Daredevil season 3 is the shining star of the year’s Netflix offerings. It’s possibly the best series of I’ve ever watched. At the very least, it’s my favourite Defender solo series.
It was fast paced, action packed and filled with so many plot twists I nearly got whiplash.
Of course, I knew some things going on, thanks to reading the original comic and having heard a lot from fans discussing Daredevil lore in the wake of Defenders. But I was still hooked on every single episode, trying to figure out desperately what Fisk’s next move was going to be, what Matt, Foggy and Karen were going to get out of the scrapes they got themselves into.
Watching Matt, and newcomer Agent Ben ‘Dex’ Poindexter, fight with themselves, slowly unraveling in their own ways, losing who they were brought up to be, was compelling, to say the least. I adored their parallels, their fights and their arcs throughout the season.
Fisk was as villainous as ever, yet so brilliant, I found myself, at times, believing his lies. At times, I actually wanted to root for him. Vincent D’Onofrio, an actor I’ve loved since Men In Black, outdid himself as Wilson Fisk this year.
And the action, the fight scenes, I want to give all the awards to whoever choreographed the infamous hallway scene of this season. I had no idea how season 2’s hallway was going to be topped, but season 3 knocked it so far out of the park, the ball isn’t even in the same country anymore. If there is a season 4 (and there better be, I’m looking at you Netflix, cancel this or Jessica Jones, I will riot), I have no idea how that 11 minutes, one camera scene is going to be outdone.
All I know is that I trust the writers, the directors, and the showrunner of season 3 entirely. I have never had my faith restored in an entire franchise in just one season. It made all the problems with the other solo shows worth it, to get to this absolutely fantastic show at the end of the year.
Daredevil season 3 is absolutely perfect, I loved it. I loved every single second of it. I couldn’t stop watching, and I can’t wait to watch it again.
If you haven’t finished Daredevil season 3, or watched it at all, yet, then get right on it. You cannot afford to miss this absolute brilliance. I cannot recommend it enough.
Recently, I posted an article, talking about the Marvel comic characters I would love to read about, but I never mentioned any of my favourite comic character stories I’d love to see on the big screen. I’ve read quite a few comics now, and watched a lot of Marvel adaptions over the years…
So, what exactly is my wish list? Which storylines would I love to see on the big screen?
Here’s just a few I would love to see adapted:
- House Of M/Messiah Complex/Second Coming. After watching Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany talk about wanting to adapt the House Of M storyline, I looked up the series and immediately fell in love with the entire run. As soon as I finished House Of M, I rushed to buy Messiah Complex, and was pleasantly surprised to know that I already owned Second Coming (thanks to local charity shop!) – I devoured the entire series in two days, and I haven’t shut up about it since. It follows Scarlett Witch, who has sadly been consumed by grief at the death of several Avengers, including Vision, so she creates a world where she’s safe – a world where Mutants are the top species on Earth, and ends with her changing the world again, speaking those famous words
NO MORE MUTANTS.
And thus kicks off an epic adventure for the X-Men, as they race to find the first Mutant born in decades. The X-Force is born, Mutants die, the Avengers try to help. It’s just asking for a blockbuster movie, (though if it is made, can we not kill Vision and the others, can it be something else… somehow, PLEASE? Infinity War still hurts), and with the X-Men coming home to Marvel soon, maybe this could be a great way to introduce the X-men somehow? I’d adore watching this in the cinema, especially if it meant that, like in the comics, Legion and Polaris get a chance to take a step onto the big screen, with the rest of their Mutant families. Even briefly. Their TV shows don’t exactly hide who their parents are, it’s about time they got to stand beside their father’s on the big screen.
2. Marvel 1602. Oh come on, you knew that this was coming. I’m a nut for this comic, I adore it. It was one of the first comics I ever read, and up until House Of M, it was my solid favourite. It’s still vying for the top spot if I’m honest. It’s just… it’s one of the best things I’ve ever read.
There are only two potential problems with adapting this comic – It causes the death of a new, major player in the MCU, which probably can’t be reversed, which would break my heart. And, several major plot twist characters would be revealed the second their actors stepped on screen, which is half the fun of the whole run.
That being said, I would absolutely love to see this adapted onto the big screen. It was my first comic team up for three major superhero groups, and I loved it. I would love to see them all together, just once, on screen, in this adaption.
Maybe it could be a one-off, fun spin-off film. Not totally connected to the MCU timelines and storylines, just a fun two-hour film, to celebrate the fact that the X-Men are coming home.
Either way, I’d love it. I wouldn’t care that the character reveals wouldn’t be as fun, as they would be obvious to any viewer, just the fact that I was seeing it on the big screen would be enough for me.
3. X23 – The Four Sisters. I only recently read volume one of this comic, and I adored it from the first page. It follows the story of Laura Kinney, X23, as she tries to make sense as to why she’s been cloned, and just why the company who made them wants them dead. The Four Sisters is a quick, fun read, full of intrigue, and works as a fantastic introduction to just who Laura Kinney is for anyone who doesn’t know.
It would be absolutely insane to even consider recasting Wolverine. Hugh Jackman as Logan is just as iconic as Robert Downey Jnr as Iron Man.
But, as the film, Logan, established, there is another Wolverine around. There’s Laura Kinney, X23, Wolverine’s cloned daughter. Angrier, deadlier, and complete with extra claws in her feet.
Adapting this film would be the perfect chance to introduce X23 to the MCU, and I believe that Dafne Keen could pull it off perfectly. She was perfect as Laura, and this would give her the opportunity to really step into the role, and a chance to live up to her on-screen father’s reputation.
It also gives Marvel the chance to honour Logan.
There’s a scene, in the first volume, where Laura turns to Doctor Strange (no, I did not totally pick up this comic just for him, he was only partly the reason) and says that by taking up the name of Wolverine, by wearing his X-Men uniform, she’s keeping him alive. He’s not gone, as long as she’s keeping his legacy alive.
Can you think of a better way to introduce X23 to the MCU? She honours her father, provides an explanation as to why there’s not going to be a Logan in the MCU, and sets up her own storyline, which can maybe end with her going to Westchester, to be with other Mutant kids, and people who knew her father better.
It just needs a little time twist, so Xavier and the rest of the Mutants are still alive. With the X-Men timelines as they are, how hard would it be to believe?
I could go on, but if I did, I’d be here forever. There are so many comics I would love to be adapted, adventures involving character team-ups of my dreams (Doctor Strange, Loki and Scarlett Witch movie, anyone?), but these are my current top three. At least, my top three that could work with the new merger next year.
What are your favourite comics? Which ones would you like to see adapted onto the big screen? Tell me down below!
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.
This time last night, I was sitting in the cinema, preparing myself for the film event of the year. A film that has been 10 years, and 18 films, in the making.
Three different sets of superheroes – Avengers, Guardians and Masters Of The Mystic Arts, all coming together to create this one film. Infinity War.
Finally, the Avengers, the Guardians Of The Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spiderman, Black Panther, and every superhero ever introduced all teaming up to defeat one person – Thanos.
It was a risk, a huge risk. What if the audience didn’t like a certain team? What if a key superhero failed to create the buzz needed? What if Thanos wasn’t a scary enough villain?
But let me tell you, it pays off.
This film is everything every Marvel fan has ever wanted and more.
It’s funny, it’s clever, it’s absolutely devasting.
The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been, characters actually die in this one, and they are not coming back (much to my absolute horror), and the ending is such a cliffhanger I am still in shock, 24 hours later.
To sound cliche to the maximum, which does not suit the sheer magnitude of this film, I laughed, I cried (twice), I cheered when heroes teamed up with other heroes. I gasped, I hyperventilated for the entire film, I nearly crushed my mum’s hand I was squeezing it was so hard.
Infinity War is everything I wanted and more. My predictions for the film were 90% wrong, I didn’t see anything that happened coming. I was utterly captivated and left crying through the titles at the end.
I cannot praise Marvel enough for this film. I cannot praise the actors and the writers and the CGI people and the directors and everyone for this film. This film paid off in every single way possible. I loved every single second, even when I was crying my eyes out, even as I sit here now, in total and utter denial, I loved every single second.
This is the biggest film event of a lifetime, and the experience cannot be topped. If it is topped, it’ll be by Avengers 4 next year.
To say the least, though, Avengers 4 has a lot to answer, and a lot to live up to.
For now, though, Infinity War is a brilliant, fantastic, out of this world thrill ride of an emotional rollercoaster. A must see for every superhero fan. There will never be an event like this again, and it has to be seen to be believed.