Does Ryan Coogler think it’s important for a black filmmaker to direct Black Panther? Which Arrow guest start will return later this season? Did you spot all the easter eggs in the first season of Jessica Jones? What are Ant-Man and his heist crew doing at the craps tables? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Jessica Jones, Marvel Studios‘ second outing into the world of streaming television, is a triumph. More consistently paced than Daredevil and more confidently produced than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s easily the best small-screen Marvel story yet. Not bad for a character the average non-geek knows nothing about.
Although she has since become a major player in the larger Marvel comic book universe, the character of Jessica Jones originated in the pages of Alias, a wonderful 28-issue series from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos. The basic template is the same: Jessica was a superhero, bad stuff happened, and now she’s private investigator. Alias was a Marvel “Max” title, an offshoot that publishes frequently non-canonical stories starring Marvel characters for adult readers, but it has been absorbed into the larger Marvel world. The events of the series are now canon, by and large, and Jessica Jones is one of the best and most vital new Marvel characters of the past two decades.
While Jessica Jones borrows the set-up from Alias, much changed on the road to Netflix. The comic’s climactic arc became the show’s first season. Characters were radically changed, while others were dropped altogether. The differences between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Marvel comics universe demanded modifications in tone and story. In the interest of pure, geeky curiosity, I spent the week before the premiere of Jessica Jones revisiting Alias, and the weekend of its release watching all 13 episodes for one reason only: to compare the two, and see where they connect and diverge.
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Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The first season of Marvel‘s new Jessica Jones series is streaming on Netflix right now, but you’re probably in the same boat as us – you can’t watch it yet because you’re too busy doing your job to make money to pay the bills, or you’re too busy attending classes to make sure you can get a job to pay those future bills. But fret not! You can get a quick hit of Marvel goodness because the Jessica Jones opening titles are online, which should be more than enough to get you through the day.
And then you can binge-watch all night and through the weekend.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Outside of a teaser released at the New York City Comic-Con earlier this year and a pretty cool poster, things have been awfully quiet on the Daredevil season 2 front. And can you blame them? The first season was a rousing success for everyone involved, winning over audiences of all kinds and thoroughly shaking up the plans for the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Everyone involved can take their sweet time because they know everyone will be back for the next season.
Plus, Marvel has been giving all of their recent love/promotional power to Jessica Jones, which is set to premiere this Friday (and has been receiving reviews that match or top those given to Daredevil). No one knows how much these characters and their separate shows will cross-pollinate before crossing over in that big Defenders miniseries, but a new Daredevil teaser suggests that we may get to see certain characters interact sooner rather than later.
You can watch the new Daredevil season 2 teaser below.
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