Jessica Jones continues to be the best Netflix Hero

The question that was always going to be posed towards Jessica Jones’ second series was “how the hell do you follow a villain like Killgrave?”. The short answer, as it turns out, is that you don’t.

Netflix’s continuity of Marvel super hero shows has consistently been of a grittier tone, dealing with darker subject matter than the comparatively light and fluffy movies won’t go near. Stepping away from the bright, larger than life threats the movie heroes deal with and taking a heavier focus on more mature themes. Themes such as race, obsession, addiction, PTSD and morality. None of the shows delves deeper into these themes than Jessica Jones did. After The Punisher returned to the strengths of these series following a wobble, Jessica Jones doubles down on them.

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Killmonger was almost my favourite Marvel villain

There’s nothing like low/non-existent expectations to make you enjoy a movie all the more. I really didn’t know what to think about Black Panther going in. If anything I have been overly pessimistic about all of the super hero movies coming out this year. I’m actually glad this has just turned out to be my bad attitude in this case, as when I eventually got to go and see Black Panther, I really enjoyed it.

One of the things that stuck out about it the most to me though, amongst a whole swash of strong points, was the movie’s villain; Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, played by Michael B. Jordan. Anyone who thinks about the Marvel Cinematic Universe even slightly critically will know that the franchise’s movies have a villain problem. More often than not, they’re pretty weak as far as characters go. They might have cool design or seem physically imposing, but them actually being compelling as characters is rarely the case.

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My expectations of 2018’s Superhero movies

With me making the rather bold statement recently that I’m getting a little bored with there being so many Superhero movies each year. I thought I’d put my apathy to the test and see just how done I seem to think I might be when it comes to watching these movies. I’ve looked up all of the live action movies coming out this year based on Marvel Comic book characters, and the single one DC is putting out. I’ve gone against my personal rule of trying to avoid as much information about these movies as possible and read every synopsis and watched every available trailer for them.

I’m going to be listing them in the order they’re due to come out throughout this year. And I’ll just give my honest feelings about where In sit with them right now. But if my lack of enthusiasm for Thor and Guardians 2 last year is anything to go by, I’m going to be a mostly unimpressed chap I think.

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Infinity War should be The End

I actually started writing this piece as soon as the Infinity War trailer dropped In November, but like so many other things, it got left on the back burner. It was having a conversation with a friend at work about how behind I am on CW’s Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow series that I found myself revitalised to come back and finish this post. Not that I needed to go back and catch up on all those shows and a half a dozen others, it’s that I think I’m okay missing them now. As great as it is, finally having all the characters from the comics I read growing up starring in their own movies, I think I’m finally at the point where I’m okay not consuming all of it.

This metaphorical snowball of comic book sourced content is only about half way down the mountain at the moment. As it continues to roll down hill, it gets bigger and picks up speed as it goes. It’s been doing this for a while now, since the huge hit that was the first Avengers. It was this that instigated the announcements of TV show spin-offs and the move up to two, and then three, movie releases a year. Then other companies like Fox stepping up to take advantage of the properties they own, not even getting into the treasure trove that is the DC intellectual property. Everyone wanted a piece and there was a lot of it to go around.

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Wooderon’s Best Movies of 2017: #10 – #6

I didn’t see anywhere near as many movies in 2017 as I did the year prior.I don’t know, maybe I spent so much time in a cinema in 2016 that I burned myself out on the experience a little. I still endeavour to go back and see the things I’ve missed out on, but there is only so much time and Dunkirk is, what, like a 70 hour movie? It feels like that anyway.

Because I always seem to want to do this to myself, I end up getting my game lists polished off and posted on time and never manage to finish my movie one. So I’m going to split this one into two halves this time to get them out in a slightly more timely manner. And in case you couldn’t tell I’m especially burned out on writing intros to lists and I’m just padding this out as much as I can so there’s a decent amount of text before the line break.

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