Beyond WandaVision and Justice League: Superhero Streaming for Every Taste
I want everyone to fight Kung Fu …
The martial arts series “Kung Fu” from the 1970s with David Carradine crossed the martial arts film action with the themes and the tone of a superhero show. The restart of the CW “Kung Fu” won’t premiere until the beginning of April, and the MCU’s first Kung Fu film, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, won’t arrive until September. Until then, you can quench your appetite for flips and sidekicks with the Netflix Marvel series “Iron Fist”. Fair warning: Finn Jones’ Danny Rand, a white, rich Manhattan kid who wore the mighty iron fist as the chosen one, is the least likable of the defenders – casting him instead of an Asian actor sparked a lot of controversy – and the series don’t have the same finesse as other Netflix Marvel shows. Still, Jessica Henwick’s Colleen Wing and the machinations of the evil ninja mafia, the hand, should be enough to satisfy a martial arts lover until “Shang-Chi” and “Kung Fu” are added. Streaming on Netflix.
Seen? Check out the popular cartoon series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (Netflix, Amazon).
I need a spy action drama …
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”
Let’s say you’re more interested in the new James Bond movie than Marvel or DC. That’s fair: there’s nothing wrong with preferring pizazz over forces, and one thing that’s missing from most superhero films is good old human ingenuity. The SHIELD team is at the back of every MCU movie. But here the group, hosted by Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), is brought into the spotlight, while the narrative is explicitly woven into the developments of the MCU films.
Seen? “Black Widow” will be the next great superhero-spy genre crossover when it comes out. Until then, you can watch “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (Disney +) and the “Kingsman” movies. (Rent them on YouTube and Amazon.)
I miss classic blaxploitation films …
The original Luke Cage, who appeared in comics in the 1970s, wore a short bum, a chain belt, and a shirt with large lapels and plunging necklines. He was a hero from a blaxploitation movie. The Netflix version of the character, played by Mike Colter, turned him into someone less “right on, funky” but retained his attachment to black culture, history and life in Harlem. Streaming on Netflix.
I can’t get enough buddy cop shows …
Contrary to popular belief, Satan doesn’t always stay in Hell. Sometimes he shows up in comics, like in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, in which this polite rendition of the Fallen Angel first appeared. Lucifer got his own spin-off comic and appeared in other corners of the comic book world before landing his own TV series. Tom Ellis is a devilish charm embodied as the protagonist in “Lucifer”. He’s bored with all the fire and brimstone and moves to Los Angeles, where he opens a swanky club. In typical buddy cop TV fashion, he accompanies Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), who is both the straight (wo) man and the love interest for the irresistible devil. Streaming on Netflix.