In case you’ve been hiding under a digital rock for the last week, Netflix dropped Marvel’s Luke Cage last Friday, and the overall reception has been pretty positive, even as some issues have been raised about the narrative structure and pacing. Still, it’s an entertaining and does a serviceable job of depicting race and racial issues through the lens of a superhero story.
There are quite a few compelling women characters, all of whom are related to the actions the central character without being defined by him. It’s beautifully shot, and its R&B and hip-hop soundtrack is very prominently spotlighted, all making for a unique, enjoyable, and ultimately important entry into the Marvel experience.
Luke Cage makes for a fourth full season of Netflix properties that have a connection (however loose) to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the overall consensus seems to be that this corner of the MCU is the most consistently well done so far. Daredevil was so successful that its second season was greenlit within one week of the first season premiering on Netflix, and Jessica Jones explored dark and disturbing themes of control and obsession in a way that clearly resonated with viewers. A second season of this show has also been approved, though it remains unclear as to when it will air.
It will likely be a while, though. At the New York Comic Con, it was announced that 2017 would be a full one for Marvel Netflix, with three shows on the schedule for next year. Iron Fist has had a release date of March 17 confirmed, with The Defenders–which will combine characters from the four preceding shows–likely to release during the middle of the year. Likely at near the end of the year will be The Punisher, whose main character Frank Castle was one of the highlights of Daredevil’s second season.
This is, of course, really exciting news for Marvel fans. With Netflix committing to no less than three Marvel shows next year, that adds to the three MCU films (Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok) that are already scheduled for next year.
There also continues to be talk about more Marvel properties on the way. Cloak & Dagger, Damage Control, and other unnamed shows are in various stages of development or pre-production, though how reliable the information turns out to be are unknown at this point.
Still, it’s impossible to deny that 2017 will be an exciting year for Marvel fans. There are no less than six different properties confirmed to release or premier next year. That averages out to a new experience every other month!
I may not be at NYCC this weekend, but I’m just as stoked about these announcements as the attendees!