Several Marvel series have made their way to television in recent years. Most of them have been underwhelming in terms of action and being faithful to the comic series and some have been surprisingly decent. Here are a few:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has successfully been running on the ABC network for around five seasons now and has gained fairly high praise. I have watched a few episodes here and there and have failed to see the hype in the show’s popularity. Although a few notable faces have appeared such as The Superior, Deathlok, Hellfire, Ghost Rider (the main staple in Season 4), Lash, Peggy Carter and The Clairvoyant from the Elektra series. In addition, Quake and “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez make great additions to the show’s roster, but the show is still centered around the lives and actions of the agents. It is a decent show, but I am just not in love with it.
Check out clips Here.
I was never really a fan of the Inhuman comic series; the series focusing on the adventures of the Inhuman royal family consisting of such familiar faces as Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Crystal and Maximus the Mad. Although not a fan I figured that watching the show would change my opinion and further peak my interest in continuance of the series. I was sadly mistaken, the show only added to my uninterest, it did not perform to the level I assumed it would and the events moved too slow for my taste. There was no groundwork for the characters cast as they did not portray the characters in their best abilities, especially in the case of Iwan Rheon as Maximus. I am not sure if it was the script or his acting, but this role did not suit him which is surprising because he played an excellent villain on Game of Thrones as Ramsay Bolton. Some say the budget was an issue, mocking the cosplay-like outfits and the flashy but sub-par effects that only furthered the lackluster production design. Others put the director at fault for giving us a flat and uninspired rendering of the series. No matter the reason, “The Inhumans” is said to have been a flop and may be cancelled for the next season.
Check out clips of the Inhumans Here.
Marvel’s: The Gifted
If any Marvel show has ever impressed me so far, it has definitely been because of this show, “The Gifted”. Although a lot of the characters are either fictional or based off of real comic heroes, there are still many faces in the series we do recognize like Blink, Thunderbird, Polaris, Shatter, Sage and Beautiful Dreamer. The series offers breathtaking originality with a combination of familiarity. We are taken on the journey with the Strucker Family, a seemingly normal suburban family with secrets all their own. The father is a district attorney for an organization that captures and holds mutant runaways and the children both have abilities hidden from their parents. However, events unfold where the children’s powers are revealed and both parents have to take them on the run from the government who seek to capture and hold the children. Their escape leads them to a group of mutant outcasts who dwell in an underground community which from then on leads the show to get even more exciting. It is especially interesting to see how the connection between the children amplifies their abilities making them nearly indestructible forces. The series is set to return for Season 2 in the Fall.
Check out clips Here.
Marvel’s The Runaways is a show that I most recently began to watch although it originally premiered in November 2017. I never actually read The Runaways comic issues, but the show is said to accurately depict what is written in the pages. Opinon-wise the show is the most abstract from the other Marvel TV series which is a good thing. The teens involved do not display the typical abilities except for Molly Hernandez with superhuman strength and invulnerability, which makes for a truly original skill set and story, where such different abilities can effectively be showcased and grown upon. What is also unique about the series is that the premise focuses on six teens from different backgrounds who are uniting against a common enemy – their own parents. Their parents are apart of a criminal collective called The Pride, whose deal with three mythical giants called the Gibborim in the past , turned them into a villanous group whose purpose is to satisfy these giants with young female sacrifices every year in order to turn the world into a peaceful utopia.
Check out clips Here.
Marvel’s: Cloak & Dagger (Upcoming)
When I initially saw the commercial I was not sure what I was looking at, but as the promo went on I began to get thoroughly excited. I remember reading Cloak and Dagger comics a while back and being surprised at how much I began to favor them as a team with a blend of unique abilities. I think it is interesting to see this combination in a television series and this could be Marvel’s next big hit similar to the impressive “The Gifted” series. Actors portraying Cloak and Dagger are Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt. Although the pair may seem like fresh faces they both have an extended background in television and film. Holt started off as a “Disney Kid” appearing on several different shows, then moving onto a few films and also making her mark as a music artist. Joseph has also appeared in a few films and television series. For those who are unfamiliar with the pair Cloak and Dagger shared a traumatic experience as teens, being subject to a criminal chemist who began testing experiemntal drugs on runaway teens, in their case a synthetic form of heroin. After surviving the injections both teens escaped and Dagger (Tandy Bowen), gained the ability to form daggers of light, being able to purge addictions from others and the ability to heal with her daggers; meanwhile Cloak (Tyrone Johnson) gained abilities of intangibility, teleportation and the ability to link to the “darkforce dimension”.
Here is the full story of Cloak and Dagger
Also check out clips from the upcoming show Here.