If you were one of the people incredibly excited by the possibilities left open at the end of Iron Fist season two, we have some very bad news. Netflix just cancelled the show, making it the first Marvel show to get the axe.
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It sounds like an insult to say that The Defenders is exactly what you thought it would be, but it isn't. It's a show that's very aware of the expectations put upon it and the problems encountered by the other Marvel Netflix shows, and it knows how to best utilise its cast and its time. In other words, it's great.
When Marvel started teasing its Marvel Now line-up last year, one of the most intriguing titles was Kaare Andrews and Afu Chan's Iron Fists, a series about Danny Rand training the youngest bearer of the Iron Fist, a little girl named Pei. Unfortunately the series vanished off the face of the Earth -- but it's back, and heading straight to Comixology.
It's no secret that martial artists are basically as superhuman as you can get without a radioactive spider crawling down your shirt. Of all the incredible feats they can do, punching through solid objects like wood, concrete and even rocks is one of the most impressive.
But how do they do it? The answer, as it is with everything awesome, is science.
Tim Cridland -- better known by his stage name “Zamora the Torture King” – is an American sideshow performer who makes a living mutilating himself on stage. His most famous acts include walking barefoot on razors, applying electric shocks to his face and skewering various body parts with meat hooks and needles. (Rumours that he can step on Lego barefoot remain unfounded.)
Needless to say, Tim isn’t the kind of person who makes a big fuss over stubbing their toe. For all intents and purposes, he is a superhero impervious to pain. Here are his secrets.
Echolocation is one of those curiosities we all learn about in primary school, a quirk of nature that lets dolphins and bats 'see' in situations of reduced visibility. It's such an interesting concept that a number of blind superheroes and fantasy warriors have sprung up in the realms of fiction, using similar abilities to navigate the world. But it's not entirely fictional -- there exist a handful of amazing people who actually use echolocation to 'see'.
Over the past 60 years, Marvel Comics has created more than 7000 characters, including hundreds upon hundreds of costumed superheroes. Many boast unique powers and compelling backstories that are ripe for TV - yet only a tiny fraction ever get to star in their own Netflix series. Often - as in the case of Iron Fist - the decision of what and what not to adapt seems bizarre.
During a recent set visit, we asked Netflix Originals' vice president to explain how the company picks and chooses its fictional crime fighters. If you've ever wondered how the process works, read on.
The world record for staying underwater without breathing is over 24 minutes. Most normal humans would begin to suffer brain damages after a mere three minutes without oxygen. However, there are experts out there that have trained their bodies to survive in the most harsh conditions possible. These are their secrets.
Iron Fist is out this week -- March 17 to be precise -- and we've partnered up with Netflix to bring your our very own interactive story... The Iron Controller. A story about video games, intrigue and a coup d'etat of Kotaku Australia itself!
We're also giving away $5000 over the next month. There's that as well.
We've seen a lot of awesome superheroes on our screens over the past few years. They have unbelievable, superhuman powers that we would never expect to see in the real world.
But there are some people out there who possess powers and skills that can't really be explained. Over the next few weeks we're going to introduce you to some of them. And our first is Raj Mohan Nair, a man supposedly immune to electricity.
In less than a month, martial arts superhero Danny Rand is heading to Netflix for his own TV show -- and he's being heralded as "the fourth Defender" as much as he is by his actual hero name, the immortal Iron Fist. He's had a long history in Marvel Comics, both on his own and as a partner in crime-fighting. So here's what you need to know about Iron Fist before his show premieres on March 17.