Jessica Jones: Messed-up Characters Pushed to the Limit

Genre: Superhero

Synopsis: Jessica Jones is a superstrong PI who just wants to be left alone to take pictures of cheating spouses and drink unhealthy amounts of alcohol. Her past recently came back to haunt her, in the form of the mind-controlling creep who’d kept her subjugated until she escaped him, and she killed him. But the past isn’t done with her yet.  Continue reading “Jessica Jones: Messed-up Characters Pushed to the Limit”

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Black Panther: A Futuristic Wakanda Inspired by African Cultures, Tackling Responsibility

This was a great movie that paired Marvel’s style of adventure and humor with a fresh feeling. The setting and costumes were absolutely gorgeous, blending a futuristic/sci-fi feel and inspiration from numerous African cultures for its aesthetic–from the Maasai people in East Africa, to the Zulu people in Southern Africa, to the Akan people of West Africa. (Waris @diasporicblues details several in a Twitter thread; Lynsey Chutel and Yomi Kazeem wrote Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ is a broad mix of African cultures—here are some of them for Quartz Africa, which I was super excited to see mention Dahomey’s historical female warriors.) Black Panther is quite feminist as well, including black women as both major characters and a substantial chunk of the background characters. Continue reading “Black Panther: A Futuristic Wakanda Inspired by African Cultures, Tackling Responsibility”

The Gifted: An X-Men Series Embracing the Mantle of An Embattled Minority

Synopsis: The Struckers live in a world where mutants are heavily policed in the interests of public safety. Like most people, they never really think about it–not even the father, whose job is to prosecute mutants for using their powers. But then they find out both of the Strucker children are mutants, who will face the scrutiny their own father has turned on people just like them. Continue reading “The Gifted: An X-Men Series Embracing the Mantle of An Embattled Minority”

We’ve Seen Friends Team Up. We’ve Seen Rivals Team Up. But Now We Finally Get a Superhero Team-Up of…Reluctant Acquaintances? (The Defenders)

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Image: Netflix via ComicBook

Genre: Superhero

Synopsis: New York vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist all team up–quite reluctantly–to combat an old organization of immortals who will destroy the city to get what they want. (Reluctantly, except for Iron Fist. He just wants friends.) Continue reading “We’ve Seen Friends Team Up. We’ve Seen Rivals Team Up. But Now We Finally Get a Superhero Team-Up of…Reluctant Acquaintances? (The Defenders)”

The Gifted: I’ve Missed These Ensemble X-Men Works

Synopsis: The Struckers live in a world where mutants are heavily policed in the interests of public safety. Like most people, they never really think about it–not even the father, whose job is to prosecute mutants for using their powers. But then they find out both of the Strucker children are mutants, and will face the same scrutiny their own father has turned on people just like them. With the government closing in on them, the entire family is forced on the run–but they’ll never make it without the help of the mutant underground. Continue reading “The Gifted: I’ve Missed These Ensemble X-Men Works”

Marvel’s Inhumans: I Wish It Made More Sense

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Image: ABC via TV Line

Genre: Superhero

Synopsis: A kingdom of Inhumans–people with powers that can be activated through exposure to a substance–exists on the Moon, unbeknownst to the people of Earth. But the king is overthrown by his brother, and the royal family escapes to Hawaii. Now, they must not only survive the assassination attempts and life in an unfamiliar society, but also reclaim their place before the new king does something irreversible.  Continue reading “Marvel’s Inhumans: I Wish It Made More Sense”

How Is It Even Possible for Agents of SHIELD to Be So Emotionally Powerful?

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Image: ABC via Wikipedia

Genre: Action/Superhero

Synopsis: SHIELD is tentatively united once again, just in time to face an AI gaining consciousness. When that AI threatens to undo their greatest regrets, however, the real question becomes: will they be able to bring themselves to fight against it? Continue reading “How Is It Even Possible for Agents of SHIELD to Be So Emotionally Powerful?”

Captain America: Civil War, the Choice Between Friendship and Morality

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Image: Marvel via E! Online

Genre: Superhero

Synopsis: The Avengers reach a critical moment in their career. Most of the world’s governments are no longer comfortable with them operating independently, answering to no one. Especially when things go wrong. So the team is asked to submit themselves to the authority of the UN, deploying only when and where the UN chooses to deploy them. Continue reading “Captain America: Civil War, the Choice Between Friendship and Morality”

Agent Carter Season 2: Not Bad, but Somewhat Gimmicky and Fumbles Representation

Image: Kris Anka for Marvel/ABC via EW

Genre: Sci-fi/Superhero/Historical

Synopsis: Peggy Carter gets called out to LA to help handle a mysterious investigation, where a lake was frozen over and a body found. She teams up with her old friends Jarvis and Sousa, trying to unravel a cover-up that goes high up the political ladder. And her enemies aren’t afraid of playing dirty, or going after the people she cares about. Continue reading “Agent Carter Season 2: Not Bad, but Somewhat Gimmicky and Fumbles Representation”

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Messed Up Characters in Messed Up Situations

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Borrowed from screenrant.com

Synopsis: Jessica Jones had wanted to be a hero once. That was before Kilgrave, a man with the power to control minds, found her. Now that she thinks he’s dead, she’s trying to put her life together while dealing with her PTSD and trying to make a living as a PI. A cynical, trash talking, overly-violent PI who isolates herself from the people around her, but one who gets the job done. Until she finds out Kilgrave isn’t dead, and he’s coming for her, hurting other people along the way. And Jessica finds that battered part of her that had once wanted to help people, in order to find the courage to face him. Continue reading “Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Messed Up Characters in Messed Up Situations”