Daredevil’s premiere season blew me away. Then came Jessica Jones, which I may’ve liked even more than Daredevil. And now, well, Netflix just released season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil and let’s just say my wife and I raced through seven episodes this weekend, only stopping because we realized we probably should feed the kids or something.
Netflix and Marvel have done an unbelievable job of bringing us even more Marvel awesomeness. Set in the same Marvel Cinematic Universe as the amazing Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, etc. movies, Netflix’s series of Marvel shows brings the action to the streets.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones and the upcoming Luke Cage all take place in Manhattan, in the wake of the “incident,” a.k.a. the alien invasion from the original Avengers movie. If you like the Marvel movies, and/or dig Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you owe it to yourself to watch these Netflix shows.
Oh, and if you don’t have Netflix, get it. Seriously, it’s worth it for Daredevil alone.
Season 2 of Daredevil features his old butt-kicking gal pal Elektra, but a certain Frank Castle (a.k.a. The Punisher) steals the show. I can’t think of a more perfectly cast actor than Jon Bernthal. He not only looks the part (like someone whose nose has been broken 19 times before), but his gruff, straight-forward attitude is spot-on amazing. Bernthal played a total tool as Shane on The Walking Dead, the character you love to hate. And he’s even better as Frank Castle.
So it got me thinking. If Netflix and Marvel can hit three home runs in a row with new series, why stop there? Why not expand outside of the Daredevil cannon and bring even more characters to the small screen!
Yes, the Punisher should 100% get his own series. Just give him a War Journal to dictate his actions, and the series will write itself. But besides Mr. Castle, here’s a look at 7 Marvel characters who totally deserve their own series.
I have always loved the way Moon Knight looked. Sure people say he’s Marvel’s version of Batman, but there’s so much more to Marc Spector than being a rich playboy by day and Fist of Khonshu by night. He’s got some souped-up strength when the moon’s out, thanks to Egyptian powers, plus Spector’s got a serious case of multiple personalities.
The son of Zeus is Mighty indeed. As a guy who could go toe to toe with Thor (and literally move the island of Manhattan by pulling one ginormous chain), Herc was always one of the more fun Avengers, spending loads of downtime enjoying a good pint.
The Black Knight
Who doesn’t love a good Arthurian legend? Armed with the Ebony Blade (y’know, a sword forged by Merlin back in King Arthur’s day), modern day Dane Whitman would fit right into Manhattan as just another crazy.
Bet you didn’t know Dr. Bruce Banner (The Hulk) had a cousin, did ya? Yep, Jennifer Walters is a tough New York City lawyer. And after being shot, she gets a transfusion from good ol’ cousin Bruce, which turns her quite the shade of green. Unlike the Big Guy, though, Jennifer dons the name She-Hulk and retains her intelligence. She’s just big, strong and green.
Yes, he’s the brains behind the Avengers films and there’s no way you’ll get Samuel Jackson on a 13-episode TV series. But Nick’s got a lot of secrets from his past. In the comics, he fought in WWII alongside Captain America and had his own powers courtesy of the Infinity Formula. Why not create a “Young Nick Fury” series that looks at his early days (pre-eye patch) in a spy-like series that lays the foundation of the Marvel Universe. Hey, if Agent Carter could brilliantly pull off the same sort of timeframe, I have full confidence in a Fury series.
Talk about a “whole new world.” While Guardians of the Galaxy brought the Marvel Universe into the cosmos, Sub-Mariner can bring it to the ocean’s depths as we finally meet the city of Atlantis. While he’s got super strength, enhanced stamina and speed, perhaps Namor’s greatest strength is his incredibly short fuse. With a big mad-on for the entire human race, this is one series that could unite all other land-breathing heroes together.
He’s always been one of my favorite villains, mainly because it’s such a neat concept. Plus, he looks so darn cool. A mercenary with photographic reflexes (he sees a move and can instantly mimic it), Taskmaster is a worthy foe to any hero. But toss in the backdrop that he’s a drill instructor for evil organizations’ goons (like Hydra) and you’ve got some rich storytelling from the other side of the fence.
He’s got a bit of a confusing origin that’s tied into Ultron and the Vision, but Simon Williams is exactly what Indiana Jones would be if he had super powers. An adventurer, actor and stunt-man, Wonder Man’s made up of ionic energy (resulting in glowing red eyes) and possess super speed, strength and stamina. Plus he has a real way with the ladies.
What Marvel character do you want to see next on Netflix?
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