Barely even a week after Netflix cancelled one of its Marvel TV shows, IronFist, after it aired two seasons, it’s happened again. While the axing of the Finn Jones starrer may have been obviously due to the series’ significantly lower performance compared to the other Marvel Netflix content, that doesn’t quite explain why Luke Cage was also cut out.
Speculation runs rampant as to why these show are dropping like flies, with the main notion being that relations Marvel’s parent company Disney and the streaming giant are increasingly tense with the impending launch of the former’s in-house streaming platform featuring its own Marvel shows; and that’s despite ironclad reassurances from both sides that Marvel on Netflix won’t go away.
With that sobering thought, let’s look back on the legacy of Marvel’s Luke Cage (season 1), starring Mike Colter as the titular character, a bartending vigilante with super strength and bulletproof skin from an experiment. It premiered September 30, 2016, with each episode title taken from songs by Gang Starr, hinting at how entwined to background music the series was.
Yesterday we began our commemoration of the recent cancellation of Marvel Cinematic Universe streaming series Iron Fist on Netflix, by listing the episode titles of its first season. MCU TV followers are well aware that this initial entry of Danny Rand/Iron Fist into the franchise was grossly panned, requiring several retools going into season 2.
But while Iron Fist S2 was slightly better in audience opinion, it still wasn’t quite enough to pump viewer numbers up, leading to Netflix deciding to can the show. Super-powered Kung Fu master with super-strong fist just didn’t seem to click. Danny (Finn Jones) himself ended up being made fun of by his fellow street heroes in The Defenders even.
In any case, here are the episode titles for the final season of Iron Fist. Their titles are taken from the classic Marvel Comics issues. The season aired September 7.
“The Fury of Iron Fist”
“The City’s Not for Burning”
“This Deadly Secret”
“Target: Iron Fist”
“Heart of the Dragon”
“The Dragon Dies at Dawn”
“Morning of the Mindstorm”
“Citadel on the Edge of Vengeance”
“War Without End”
“A Duel of Iron”
And with that we bid adieu to Iron Fist headlining his own superhero story. Hopefully he’ll keep showing up in the other Marvel Netflix series in the future.
Last week the unthinkable happened, or so it felt. Netflix had announced the cancellation of one of their streaming series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Iron Fist – mere weeks after the debut of its second, and thus final, season.
The MCU in Netflix had always seemed steady, and even though the show about a martial artist with a glowing power-punch was the poorest-performing out of all of them, it was hoped that Daredevil, Jessica Jonesand so on could compensate. But no; after a bad season 1 and a minimally improved season 2, that’s all there is for Iron Fist in his own story.
In tribute to the end of this MCU Netflix series, which starred Finn Jones (Game of Thrones), we’ll begin listing the episodes of its two seasons, starting with the first, aired in March 17, 2017. The naming convention for these particular episodes is specific movement sequences in Shaolin Kung Fu.
Snow Gives Way
Shadow Hawk Takes Flight
Rolling Thunder Cannon Punch
Eight Diagram Dragon Palm
Under Leaf Pluck Lotus
Immortal Emerges from Cave
Felling Tree with Roots
The Blessing of Many Fractures
The Mistress of All Agonies
Black Tiger Steals Heart
Lead Horse Back to Stable
Bar the Big Boss
Dragon Plays with Fire
The next MCU show in sequence on Netflix is the third season of Daredevil with Charlie Cox, starting this October 19.
As we already know, Marvel Studios which created the massively popular Marvel Cinematic Universe turned ten years old this year. As part of its many celebratory promotions throughout 2018, the Disney Movie Rewards program is offering a series of collectible emoji pins crafted by 100% Soft, featuring the many major Marvel characters in the MCU.
These Marvel Studios commemorative pins come in four sets of four, totaling 12 in all. MCU fans who sign up for Disney Movie Rewards will have a chance to bring home one each of these pin sets, while supplies last.
The next chapter in the really long Phase 3 of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is due to arrive in cinemas on March of next year, just before the climactic conclusion waiting in Avengers 4 months later. This is Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as alien-abducted and empowered former Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, in a prequel taking place before at least Iron Man.
Plot snippets thus far tell how Carol (Larson), her DNA fused in an accident with a humanoid extraterrestrial from the Kree, eventually goes to the alien homeworld and serves a time as part of a Kree special ops team called Starforce. Her duties on this unit eventually bring her back to Earth, with the threat of a hostile alien invasion and conflict on her heels.
Carol is joined on Starforce by several Kree operatives, many of whom are indeed characters from that alien race as introduced in Marvel Comics. Let’s list down all of them.
Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) – member of Starforce, stands apart from the rest due to her being only “half-Kree”, eventually becomes the hero called “Captain Marvel”
Korath (Djimoun Honsou) – a mercenary operative of Starforce; aligned somewhat with the Kree Accuser Ronan (Lee Pace), both having appeared in Phase 2 MCU movie Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan) – Starforce designated sniper; formerly the “star” of the unit until Carol joined, and is feeling increasingly insecure due to a half-Kree potentially being more skilled than her; her comic version is more of a scientist than warrior
Att-Lass (Algenis Pérez Soto) – Starforce member; his comic version has a similar power set to Carol
Bron-Char (Rune Temte) – Starforce member; his comic version was a Kree terrorist attacking Earth at Cape Canaveral, only to be beaten by Captain America
Mar-Vell/Jude Lawson (Jude Law) – Starforce commander and Carol’s mentor figure; in the original Marvel Comics he was actually the first Captain Marvel, with Carol being his initial human ally until she gained Kree powers herself
Captain Marvel premieres on March 8, 2019 with Avengers 4 following it on May 3.
Marvel Rising is a new franchise being pushed by Disney and Marvel Animation to bring the characters and stories of Marvel Comics to a new generation of fans. Its initial big offering, the TV film subtitled Secret Warriors, premiered on both The Disney Channel and Disney XD last September 30.
But prior to the release of Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, Marvel Animation also produced a web-series for the franchise, with the subtitle Initiation. In six episodes it shines the spotlight on the primary characters of Marvel Rising prior to the events of Secret Warriors that assembled them into a team.
Here’s a list of episodes for Marvel Rising: Initiation, which premiered in its entirety on August 13 at Disney XD.
Building up from the momentum generated by the early 2015 success of Daredevil on streaming, Marvel Television and Netflix were quick to follow through with their collaboration on more Marvel series connected to the Cinematic Universe, but featuring the heroes (leaning more on the antiheroic bent) that fight street-level crime.
Next on their schedule was Jessica Jones, about a former teen superhero-turned-cynical hardboiled private eye, still struggling with the trauma of what happened in his past concerning a powerful mind-controller named Kilgrave. When Kilgrave hatches a great plot, it’s up to Jessica to rise past her demons and stop him.
Here are the episodes of the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix, which premiered on streaming in all entirety on November 20, 2015.
Recently the comic-book world was shocked and saddened by the passing of artist-writer Steve Ditko. Ditko was famous for being half the tandem – with Stan Lee – that created one of Marvel’s most famous superhero characters, Spider-Man. He also worked with other publishers like DC, creating memorable characters for them too.
In celebration of the life and legacy of Steve Ditko, we’re going to be making a list of major characters that he co-created with Stan Lee in Marvel Comics – heroes and villains and people in between – that have since been featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) or at least the earlier films with Columbia/Sony Pictures.
Spider-Man (created 1962; in many enough movies from Columbia/Sony and Marvel Studios)
Doctor Strange (created 1963; in MCU film 2016)
Speedball (created 1988; in proposed New Warriors TV series that was originally planned for Freeform but is now looking for another network)
Squirrel Girl (created 1992; also in the former-Freeform proposed New Warriors series)
Doctor Octopus (created 1963; in 2004’s Spider-Man 2 from Columbia/Sony)
Sandman (created 1963; in 2007’s Spider-Man 3 from Columbia/Sony)
Lizard (created 1963; in 2012’s Amazing Spider-Man from Columbia Sony)
Vulture (created 1963; in 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming MCU film)
Electro (created 1964; in 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Columbia/Sony)
Mysterio (created 1964; will debut in 2019 upcoming MCU film Spider-Man: Far from Home)
Green Goblin (created 1964; in 2002 Spider-Man and 2012 Amazing Spider-Man films)
Harry Osborn (created 1965; in Spider-Man trilogy and Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Columbia/Sony)
Baron Mordo (created 1963; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
Dormammu (created 1965; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
Aunt May Parker (created 1962; in all major Spider-Man films to date)
J. Jonah Jameson (created 1963; in Columbia/Sony’s Spider-Man film trilogy 2002-07)
Liz Allan (created 1962; in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming MCU film)
Gwen Stacy (created 1965; in Columbia/Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man duology 2012-14)
Ancient One (created 1963; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
Wong (created 1963; in 2016 Doctor Strange MCU film)
When it started in 2015, the Netflix series Daredevil, based on the Marvel superhero character, became a breakout smash hit for the streaming service because of its darker, edgier, mature and violent storytelling despite being part of the family-suitable Marvel Cinematic Universe, inspiring more Netflix shows featuring street-level Marvel superheroes.
The first season of Daredevil made great work in setting up this not-as-epic corner of the wider MCU with some great world-building. It sold that while the characters and antagonists are not as mass-destructive and flashy as their film “cousins”, they’re no slouches either. Here’s a list of those episodes, all premiering April 15, 2015.
On its first season, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD on ABC had something of a slow start, though it eventually built up to something epic due to its plot integration to the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (particularly Captain America: The Winter Soldier), as well as the shocking reveal that one of its main characters was an antagonist all along.
For season 2, the same integration was also implemented, with one plot arc making brief references to the events leading up to Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy and the later ABC TV series Inhumans.
Agents of SHIELD S2 also provides further development on the character of Grant Ward, who has been building up to becoming one of the most remarkable traitor characters in a TV series of the time. Without further ado, here’s a list of all episodes in season 2 of this show.
Shadows (September 23, 2014)
Heavy is the Head (September 30, 2014)
Making Friends and Influencing People (October 7, 2014)
Face Thy Enemy (October 14, 2014)
A Hen in the Wolf House (October 21, 2014)
A Fractured House (October 28, 2014)
The Writing on the Wall (November 11, 2014)
The Things We Bury (November 18, 2014)
…Ye Who Enter Here (December 2, 2014)
What They Become (December 9, 2014)
[Mid-season break when Agent Carter season 1 aired]
Aftershocks (March 3, 2015)
Who You Really Are (March 10, 2015)
One of Us (March 17, 2015)
Love in the Time of HYDRA (March 21, 2015)
One Door Closes (March 31, 2015)
Afterlife (April 7, 2015)
Melinda (April 14, 2015)
The Frenemy of My Enemy (April 21, 2015)
The Dirty Half Dozen (April 28, 2015) – tie-in episode to Avengers: Age of Ultron
Scars (May 5, 2015) – conclusion to plot integration with Age of Ultron