A Guide to Marvel’s Upcoming TV Shows

And so, rumors are recently spreading around regarding the lesser known Marvel Characters getting their own TV Series or at least appearances in already existing franchises.

So what do we really need to know about these characters? And why is it that the nerds and the geeks are going insane in the tiniest prospect of these characters appearing.

Why? Because Marvel said it, “It’s all connected.”
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So if you haven’t watched any Marvel TV Shows, now would be a really great time to start. And here are some of the things you need to know about to hopefully get you started. 🙂

Now, onto the shows we already know about:

[POSSIBLE SPOILERS HERE]

Part I: The Road to the Defenders Mini-series

I’ll be focusing with the road to the Defenders Mini-series rather than those that are already established like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Marvel’s Agent Carter, so please, just bear with me. 🙂

1. Daredevil

Got to hand it over to Charlie Cox for bringing to life one of Marvel’s best characters IMO.

Daredevil is as close to human as possible. Sure, although he has the radar sense which is absolutely superhuman, the show made a real good job on keeping it as close to real life as possible.

Now, why is Daredevil such a success? Why, simple because he’s a bad-ass.

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Just to give you a slight background. (if you haven’t watched the series)

Matt Murdock is an attorney in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City that became blind early in his childhood. He was blinded when a truck full of radioactive chemicals almost hit a person, which he saved. In turn, the chemicals spilled into his eyes and rendered him completely blind but drastically increased his other senses: hearing, touch, balance, etc.

He was trained by a mentor named Stick and eventually became the street-level superhero known as Daredevil.

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2. Jessica Jones

Now, this is a bold move in Marvel’s part.

Although, there have been a few bad-ass women in the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Marvel still lacks that female “heavy-hitter” in their Cinematic Universe.

That’s where Jessica Jones comes in.

Now, it’s okay if you don’t recognize her. I don’t blame you. She had a pretty short and uneventful superhero career.

Just to give you a fairly short background, she gained superhuman strength, durability and flight by being exposed to radioactive materials thus giving her a fairly basic superhero power-set.

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In her career as a superhero, she was used by the Purple Man (Daredevil’s villain with the ability to control minds and is one of the most powerful mind controllers in the Marvel Universe) to kill Daredevil. And because Daredevil was part of the Avengers that time, she attacked the Avengers Mansion which resulted in the Avengers severely injuring her only to be stopped by Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel, the only Avenger that actually knew her.

That experience caused her to be in coma for months mainly because of the psychological and physical damage. And upon hearing that the people didn’t even notice that one of their superheroes (Jessica) was missing, she was demoralized and stopped her superhero career.

And although Captain Marvel was announced as part of Marvel’s Phase 3, we can’t help but feel that 2018 is still a long way to go. We need a new female bad-ass superhero fast. And maybe also help transition Captain Marvel into the MCU.

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Netflix and Marvel made the right decision bringing Krysten Ritter in, which, I believe is going to do a great job in Netflix’s Jessica Jones that’s due to come out late 2015.

3. Luke Cage

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Yes. That is his costume. A yellow shirt and jeans. He’s not your average superhero in that he doesn’t use a mask and weary everyday clothing instead of fancy costumes.

Although be became the “Power Man” for a time, it’s still Luke Cage that stuck with the people.

A very welcome addition to Marvel’s cast of superheroes, he is also one of Marvel’s first African-American superheroes which really gives a sense of diversity and globality as well to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. I really feel that we’re going to get an Avengers World storyline in the MCU sometime in the future but that’s a story for another time.

Another one with a fairly basic power-set: superhuman strength, unbreakable skin and an accelerated healing factor, he is not someone you wanna mess with. He is also one of those people with a really strong sense of justice and morality, much like Captain America. I really foresee him appearing in the MCU movies sometime in the future if not in Captain America: Civil War.

4. Iron Fist

The Immortal Iron Fist. In a world where being really good at Martial Arts can count as a superpower, the Iron Fist (Danny Rand) is a very welcome addition to Marvel’s ever-growing roster.

The son of a Wendell Rand who discovered the mystical city of K’un-L’un, Danny Rand was your average New-York-born-joe. That was until his father organized another expedition to once again seek out K’un-L’un, which unfortunately led to disaster leaving the young Danny Rand an orphan. Taken by the people of K’un-L’un, they raised him in the martial arts. Eventually, he was able to defeat a dragon which eventually led him to acquire the power of the Iron Fist and became the superhero of the same name.

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Honestly, he is one of the characters I really want to see the most in the small screen and even in the big screen. It seems that Daredevil is already paving the way for the other Netflix Original Series to be transitioned into the small screen.

5. The Defenders Mini-series

Basically the Avengers of the streets, this rag-tag group of heroes have teamed up countless of times with major Marvel teams and superheroes like Hulk, Doctor Strange, Spider-man andthe Avengers. And also relatively minor superheroes like Namor, Night-hawk, etc.

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Now onto some rumored Marvel TV Shows in the concept or in the making. And some of my own personal suggestions as well.

Part II: Unofficial and Rumored Series

1. Punisher

It’s good enough for me that he is at least confirmed to appear in Daredevil’s second season.

Now, whether he’s going to be a straight-up ally…

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or one of Daredevil’s not-so-much-of-an-ally, we still don’t know.

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But still, I really would love to have him appear in his own TV Series.

Why? Because Frank Castle is a freaking bad-ass!

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I won’t elaborate on him too much. There’s only three words you need to know when watching a Punisher show.

GUNS. GUNS. GUNS.

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2. Blade

In a culture wrought with sparkling vampires and overrated zombie films and TV shows, here’s a decent one with supernatural roots that’s going into the mix.

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I’d be honest with you, I actually loved Wesley Snipes rendition of Blade although it was underutilized at that time since the rights are not with Marvel. I believe Marvel Studios would have done a better job than that.

3. Ghost Rider

I mean, who doesn’t love flaming skeletons riding a flaming motorcycle with a flaming chain. Skulls, Motorcycles, Flames. Everything you’d love about a fantasy superhero is here.

The Ghost Rider would be a really good addition to the mix.

Albeit again underutilized without it being in the reins of the the Marvel Executives and their creative control, Nicholas Cage‘s Ghost Rider rendition didn’t strike the audience as much it should.

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4. Cloak and Dagger

This is something I didn’t actually expect. The first superhero duo on the small screen, I presume. A duo, not just a superhero and his/her sidekick. This is what Cloak and Dagger is. They have a very interesting power-set and their relationship is something that can be utilized very effectively in the small screen.

Cloak has control over the dark force and can teleport people while Dagger has light daggers which can be used for a variety of different effects. Also, their relationship is symbiotic in nature as they prevent each other from being overcharged by their own powers.

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5. Ms. Marvel

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Yaaaaaayyy!! Haha. Not quite. 🙂

That’s Captain Marvel there.

Although she’s still slated for release in 2018.

This one is Ms. Marvel

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This is Marvel’s radical attempt at diversity among Marvel Superheroes.

Named Kamala Khan, she is a Muslim American teen from New Jersey. An Inhuman with the power of Shape-shifting. That being said, she is something that’s easier to transition into the MCU since ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D already introduced the Inhumans.

I was honestly skeptical at first but when I read the comic books, I understood why the fans loved Kamala Khan so much. 🙂

I am truly excited to see all of these characters come to life soon. 🙂

Are there any other additions to the Marvel Universe that you would like see either in the small screen or in the cinemas? Let me know in your comments below. 🙂

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