Marvel Films and Television has two sets of super-powered teenagers on TV, with a third coming next year on the big screen. Given how popular stories about teen-age angst are, the seeming redundancy should be no surprise. What is surprising is how different they are.
The properties, despite all three being about super-teens, could never be ...Read more
"Black Lightning," a new superhero show, debuts on The CW Jan. 16. He's new to TV, but the African-American hero with electrical powers has a long, proud history in comics.
But before we talk about who he is, let's establish who he's not.
Black Lightning is not Black Vulcan, the African-American hero with electrical powers on "Challenge of the...Read more
An even dozen superhero movies are scheduled for 2018. Let's count down in reverse order of the Captain's enthusiasm:
12. "Venom" (Oct. 5): Sony Pictures is trying to jump-start a Spider-Man-villain universe without Spider-Man, who's hanging his webs at Marvel Studios these days. That preposterous proposition, coupled with Venom's unpopularity ...Read more
It's customary to look back at this time of year, and as it happens, 2017 was pretty good to fans of nerd culture. Here's the Captain's Top 10 list:
10. Horn of plenty: At the beginning of 2017, comic-based shows had already taken over TV. Seventeen shows filled my DVR: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Arrow," "Daredevil," "Fear the Walking Dead," "...Read more
The Mouse has finally eaten the Fox, and most of Marvel's characters are under one roof. Now what?
As everyone this side of Latveria knows, Disney bought Fox's entertainment division for about $52.4 billion, which includes the film and TV rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four. That gives Disney some much-needed primo villains, like Magneto, Dr...Read more
Mid-season finales for a variety of genre shows have come, leaving us a lot to think about before the shows resume next year. With a hearty "Spoiler Warning Ahoy," let's dive in to three of the best thumb-suckers:
"THE WALKING DEAD"
This is the undead elephant in the room. For those who don't know, Carl Grimes is going to die.
In the episode ...Read more
A lot of terrific comics-based shows are competing for attention in this era of Peak TV, so it would be easy to overlook "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." But that would be a mistake -- it has become uncommonly good.
"S.H.I.E.L.D" lost a lot of viewers in its first year, when it had to drag its feet until "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" ...Read more
"Happy!" is the name of a new comedy-drama arriving Dec. 6 on Syfy. Trying to describe it, though, is not always a happy thing.
"Happy!" is based on a graphic novel by two comics legends, writer Grant Morrison ("The Invisibles," "Multiversity") and artist Darick Robertson ("The Boys," "Transmetropolitan"). It is the blackest of black comedies, ...Read more
I, WalterMike Hartner
Born of the working class in England, young Walter Crofter runs away from his dysfunctional family to seek fun and adventure. Becoming first mate on a trade ship, not only does Walter save the captain's life more than once, he excels at his position to find wealth, love...
"Runaways," the new Marvel Comics-based series premiering on Hulu Nov. 21, has a cast so large the viewer may need a scorecard. So let's make one.
The clever conceit of "Runaways" is that at some point every teenager thinks their parents are evil -- but what if they really are? In 2003, writer Brian K. Vaughan ("Y: The Last Man") and artist ...Read more
"Justice League" premieres Nov. 17! Here are 20 fun facts to know and tell about DC Comics' premier super-team:
1. The Justice League of America was created in 1960, but was based on the Justice Society of America. The JSA, which ran in "All-Star Comics" from 1940 to 1951, was the first superhero team in comic books. ("Society" was changed to "...Read more
When "Marvel's The Punisher" drops at Netflix Nov. 17, rest assured that what's on screen will be the best of the many versions of Frank Castle that have appeared in the comics.
Frank (ne Francis Castiglione) at his core is a fairly generic character, with more than a passing similarity to Don Pendleton's Mack "The Executioner" Bolan. As an ...Read more