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Marvel Continues Its Takeover Of All Media

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Marvel Entertainment never seems to be content with producing outstanding illustrated fiction. The Disney-owned fiction machine wants to conquer all media.

Here are some examples of those efforts from the realms of television and the Silver Screen.

Hitting the small screen in the near (and not-so-near) future from the House of Ideas will be “The Defenders”, “Iron Fist” and “The Punisher”, all inspired (naturally) from the four-color pages of various Marvel comic books.

In “The Defenders”, several of Marvel’s street-level heroes will join forces for a reported eight-episode miniseries on Netflix, slated to start its run sometime later this year. Production on the show has already begun. We have confirmation that “Daredevil” showrunner, Douglas Petrie will return to run “The Defenders” as well.

“Iron Fist”– Starring Game Of Thrones’s Finn Jones as Danny Rand will debut on Netflix in March 2017. Being shot in New York City, the show has been kept well under wraps but promises to be worth the viewing.

Having received its “coming-out party” on “Daredevil,” “The Punisher” is in the pre-production stage right now, with casting underway. Although, don’t expect for Frank Castle and his unique brand of justice to make an appearance until 2019 at the earliest. You will be able to see Frank Castle on the upcoming “The Defenders” mini-series.

Netflix Original The Punisher

In the area of cinema, Marvel’s next blockbuster is “Logan,” featuring the indestructible and insanely popular mutant, Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman.

A major appeal for this film is that it will likely be the final installment in Wolverine’s saga. And who knows what that means…exactly.

The film is based on “Old Man Logan,” a graphic novel by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, which follows a past-his-prime Logan taking on one final adventure in the post-apocalyptic future.

The film is directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Green and Scott Frank, from a story by David James Kelly and Mangold. Another plus: Patrick Stewart reprises his classic role as Prof. Charles Xavier.

Fortunately, Logan has R rating, presumably for mature themes and violent action. Hugh Jackman reportedly accepted a pay cut to ensure the film would be produced with this R rating.

Miss this film at your own peril. ‘Nuff said!

Last modified: February 6, 2017

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