For all the impressive acrobatics at work throughout the second season of Netflix & Marvel’s Daredevil – and there are many, from a one-shot scene that serves as a satisfactory sequel to the first season’s hallway fight, to engaging character perspectives and arcs – one of the most impressive is the deft adaptation of traditional comic narrative structures to the small screen. Mild spoilers for the second season of Daredevil begin after the jump.
In the Marvel comic universe, having a single team of superheroes running around isn’t going to cut it. With new individuals gaining superpowers on a regular basis, there’s always a surplus of heroes looking for something to rally against, and a surplus of villains looking to provide it. As a result, there have been dozens of teams operating under variations of the Avengers title (whether in-universe or out-): the West Coast Avengers; the Secret Avengers; the Mighty Avengers. Some of these teams, like the infamous Great Lakes Avengers, start off unsanctioned but later have their status upgraded – in case of the GLA, legitimacy is granted when Hawkeye leads them to rescue a brainwashed Cap, She-Hulk, and Scarlet Witch. Other teams, like the Dark Avengers, are actually groups of super villains hiding behind the guise of heroes in order to deceive the public. Then there are teams that have arisen as a consequence of previous Marvel events, such as the New Avengers, which was formed by heroes unwilling to register during the original Civil War event. Today, we’re joining up with a team that Steve Rogers himself formed in the wake of 2012’s Avengers vs. X-Men event. Spoilers for The Uncanny X-Men #7 begin after the jump.
Deadpool has arrived on the big screen amid much fanfare, and its success guarantees we haven’t seen the last of either the Merc with the Mouth or R-rated superhero fare. While the quality of the latter will vary from movie to movie, the quality of the former seems guaranteed by the near-religious zealotry actor Ryan Reynolds brings to the role. Rumored to be at least in part responsible for the leaked footage which momentarily distracted nerds across America from the MCU-dominated 2014 Comicon and lead to the movie being green-lit, Reynolds was extremely outspoken in his belief that proper treatment of the Deadpool character would lead to a successful flick. Now that the movie has earned more than five times its budget at the box office, all that remains to argued is whether or not Reynoldspool qualifies as the proper treatment of the character.
He’s known by many names – the Regenerating Degenerate, the Merc with a Mouth, Ninja Spider-Man – but thanks to a hard R-rated movie that’s exceeded even the most miserly Fox executive’s expectations, you’re about to see a lot more of him. At least if you are going to suffer a DP OD, it’ll be on the good stuff – Ryan Reynolds has brought a version of the character to the screen that remains faithful to the best incarnations of his comic-bound counterpart. But before assessing how well Reynoldspool fills the blood-splattered spandex, let’s take a look back at the elements that made Wade Wilson into the superhero we know and sometimes tolerate today.