Even as talks of the end of the Netflix and Disney contract gains momentum, the latest Netflix series starring Marvel’s superheroes dropped. As is the case generally, the entire series hit the streaming screens on August 18 for a bingewatch.
Netflix and Marvel have definitely made etched a whole new avatar for their lower rung superheroes like Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage with stand apart series. They even added the anti-hero Punisher to the mix just to give it all a brutal – if modern – edge. But the law of diminishing returns is hitting the superhero series. While Daredevil and Jessica Jones were well received and increased Netflix’s pop culture value in countries like India, the Luke Cage and IronFist series weren’t that hot with audiences.
So, bringing all these characters into one series was a bold decision. Does the House of M and the Sultan of Screening offering work? Read our review to find out.
The series is set after the story arcs of all the main characters involved. While Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Matt Murdock have decided to bid adieu to the superhero world, Danny Rand as Iron Fist is scavenging for more members of The Hand. But a sudden occurrence at the end of the first episode connects the four characters and jump starts what should be an action packed series. The antagonist this time is a mysterious businesswoman Alexia Reid.
What’s Wow: For comic book fans, there’s an intense storyline and cool action scenes. All the actors have by now aced their characters and the performances are top class. The screenplay allows the four characters to breathe and make a camaraderie, which in turn makes you root for the characters. While the other actors are now well known in their superhero garb, Sigourney Weaver’s entry into the series gives it more of an edge. Weaver is becoming the poster girl of sci-fi and we are loving it.
The storyline is typical comic book. A bad person wanting to take over the world and several superheroes ganging up to defeat evil one more time. With this wafer thin and oft-repeated story, the makers had to add some spice to the screenplay – and that’s well done.
What’s Blah: Seeing all the other Netflix and Marvel series, this is the template – a couple of slow episodes in the beginning, a sudden upsurge in the middle and then the action picks up post the fifth episode – all this culminates into an explosive climax somewhere in the penultimate episode and one episode to wrap up things.
This series follows the same template. Marvel fans know this, but anyone jumping on the bandwagon might find the first couple of episodes actionless and dull.
As we earlier said, the storyline is not just waferthin but also often repeated. In mainstream films, it worked for Avengers and even Avengers 2 but then there was X-Men: Apocalypse that didn’t work. So, the series suffers from being similar to many of the superhero series that we have seen in recent years.
Parting Shot: A good addition to the superhero world.
Cast: Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Eka Darville, Elden Henson, Jessica Henwick, Simone Missick, Ramon Rodriguez, Rachael Taylor, Deborah Ann Woll, Élodie Yung, Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn, Sigourney Weaver.
Creator: Douglas Petrie, Marco Ramirez
You can watch the series on official Netflix channel
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