Netflix’s decision to cancel Marvel’s Daredevil was a surprise. No one knew it was coming. Not the stars, not Marvel’s executives. Not even the writers, who were already laying out plans for the next chapter of Daredevil’s story. We got a chance to talk with one of the writers who was working on season four, who shared her shock at the show’s demise and why she think it spells doom for the future of The Defenders TV universe.
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Luke Cage’s impenetrable skin and super strength make him one of the most powerful brawlers in Marvel’s comics universe, but years of throwing himself at villains has led to a devastating problem for the hero — as well as one of his most interesting storylines yet.
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.
Until recently it was hard to get your hands on American comics in Europe. If you wanted to read the latest adventures of the X-Men or Superman, you had to import them. European audiences were familiar with superheroes -- but largely through movies and TV. For a lot of older comic fans from Europe this has led to some... eclectic comic tastes. Like Julian Voloj, whose parents immigrated to Germany from Columbia in the '70s. Since the mid-1980s Voloj has been collecting the American comics he could acquire.
Video: The man who's currently writing DC's excellent Deathstroke series has had one of the most eventful careers in comics. At New York Comic-Con last week, he talked about helping Luke Cage stop being a laughingstock and his first meeting with the legendary comic writer who helped found Milestone Media. (Also, Batman being a jerk.)
Some superheroes' personalities change over time, especially when many creators work on them over decades of publishing history. But this also creates a multiplicity of possible interpretations for these characters, too. Let's see what the most telling moments from Luke Cage's long superhero career actually say about him as a person.
Luke Cage has been around for 44 years, originally conceived as a character to pull in readers and money from the 1970s blaxploitation film craze. Whole swaths of his publishing history are filled with poorly executed stories cranked out on deadline, but even these offer some surprising moments of poignancy.
In 2007, Marvel announced Cage!, a satirical new series for Power Man that went back to his days as a pulpy '70s hero by Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky. And then it got delayed, and delayed, and delayed. Many never expected it to ever come out. But now, nearly nine years later, it finally will.
People talk about how bad the comics of the '90s were. But, after actually revisiting some of the storylines from two decades ago, they're even worse than I remembered. Exhibit A: a crossover between Luke Cage, mercenary Silver Sable and an antihero who used other people's body parts against a hellbeast with the power to make people super-randy.