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Marvel Already Did Captain Marvel's Story (But Better) on Agents of SHIELD

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Diehard MCU fans may find the plot of Captain Marvel to be rather familiar, as it’s extremely reminiscent of Quake’s story in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Set in 1995, Captain Marvel is an origin story that attempts to break with the traditional Marvel formula. It kicks off with the superhero already serving as a member of the Kree Starforce, and it’s only when she comes crashing down to Earth that she begins to learn the truth of her own identity and the secret of her powers.Marvel wanted to take a different approach to the superhero’s origin. As co-writer Nicole Perlman explained, Marvel was concerned about making her story too similar to Green Lantern’s. It’s easy to understand why they were worried; the broad strokes of the plot are very similar. Carol Danvers is an Air Force pilot who gains tremendous powers after an alien spaceship crashes, and she then goes on to join a group of cosmic peacekeepers.Related: Every MCU Connection In Captain MarvelOddly enough, though, by changing the narrative Marvel Studios unwittingly made Captain Marvel very similar to another Marvel superhero – Chloe Bennet’s Quake, one of the main characters of Marvel Television’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But which one told the story better: the MCU blockbuster, or the popular Marvel TV series?This Page: The Similarities Between Quake and Captain MarvelPage 2: Was Quake or Captain Marvel’s Story Better?Quake and Captain Marvel Are Half-Kree Superheroes With Similar Mysterious BackstoriesThere are obvious similarities between Quake and Captain Marvel. They’re both important female superheroes: Captain Marvel is the first female character to headline her own MCU movie, while Quake is the star of Marvel’s flagship TV series. Both are tied to the alien race known as the Kree: Quake is an Inhuman, an evolutionary offshoot of humanity created millennia ago by the Kree; Carol Danvers unknowingly worked with the rogue Kree agent Mar-Vell and was exposed to Tesseract energy. Both women were also infused with Kree blood in order to save their lives: Quake when she was shot in the gut by a Hydra agent, and Captain Marvel when she was exposed to Space Stone energy.The surface-level similarities aren’t the end of it, however. Quake and Captain Marvel both wound up working with S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to discover their true history. Quake had been dumped at an orphanage by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and it took her two seasons to unravel the mystery of her origins, learning that she’s the daughter of Mr. Hyde and the Inhuman Jiaying. Captain Marvel, by contrast, arrived on Earth to discover she’d been lied to, and wasn’t really a Kree warrior at all. Working with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, she learned that she was a human test pilot who’d been transformed after a Tesseract engine exploded.Both superheroes have been manipulated by the Kree. In the case of Captain Marvel, the Kree either caused her amnesia or took advantage of it, persuading her that she was one of them and using her as a weapon. They installed a device on her neck to inhibit her powers to ensure they could control her. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 the Kree attempted to use Daisy as a weapon as well, implanting a device that allowed them to control – and, when necessary, inhibit – her powers. In each case, the Kree ultimately trapped the women in a virtual reality environment called the Astralscape. The attempts failed, with both breaking free by sheer force of will.Page 2: Was Quake or Captain Marvel’s Story Better?While there are striking similarities between Captain Marvel and Quake, on closer examination Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has told a better story. In large part this is because Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. successfully pitched Quake’s backstory as a mystery. When she was introduced in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, Quake didn’t even know her real name; she’d grown up at an orphanage with the name “Skye.” As a result, viewers had absolutely no idea who she really was, no matter how familiar they were with the comics. The first clues turned out to be dead ends, and it was only when Quake was saved from death by Kree blood – without any side-effects – that some comic book readers began to guess she might be an Inhuman. The truth was gradually revealed in season 2, although even then it confused fans for a while; in the comics, Quake had traditionally been viewed as a mutant, not as an Inhuman.Contrast this with Captain Marvel, where the mystery of Carol Danvers really isn’t too difficult to piece together. Marvel did their best to retain some sense of intrigue by avoiding revealing the identity of Jude Law’s character in the marketing, but as soon as fans began to suspect he might be Yon-Rogg, the pieces fell into place. It was an open secret that Carol Danvers had been a United States pilot who got caught up in some sort of alien crash-landing, and that the Starforce weren’t going to be the “noble warrior heroes” Carol believed them to be.Related: What To Expect From Agents Of SHIELD Season 6Tying in to this, while there are similarities between the two women, there’s one notable difference between the plot of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that of Captain Marvel. In the case of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Quake was introduced as a part of a world viewers already knew – the world of Nick Fury, Phil Coulson, and S.H.I.E.L.D. – and was used to explore a world they did not. Quake learned who she was by diving into a brand new corner of the MCU, finding her place in Jiaying’s Inhuman Sanctuary in season 2 and only learning her own significance to the Kree by season 5. Every season added new layers to the show’s mythology, which by this time has become pretty sophisticated.This is a perfect inversion of the approach taken by Captain Marvel. While the film does add new elements to the MCU, all of those are introduced at the beginning of the film not at the end. Captain Marvel is introduced as a part of something viewers had never seen before in the MCU: a member of the elite Kree Starforce, based on Hala, receiving advice from the Supreme Intelligence. As Captain Marvel investigates her own history, she finds herself diving into parts of the MCU that we already know; she meets Nick Fury, she allies with S.H.I.E.L.D., she infiltrates Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. and steals a Quadjet, and she ultimately stumbles upon the Tesseract, Marvel’s favorite MacGuffin. By the end of the film, Carol Danvers is woven into the familiar tapestry of the MCU. It’s easy to understand why Marvel took this approach, but in dramatic terms Quake was handled better.In truth, it was probably always going to be the case that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. told this story in a better way than Captain Marvel. Although blockbuster movies have bigger budgets, the reality is that TV shows have a major advantage when it comes to adapting comic books, because both comics and TV shows follow an episodic format. That same format is ideally suited to drawing out complex mysteries, to spending time with characters in order to ensure they grow and develop, and to building complex mythologies over time. All these advantages work in Quake’s favor, making her story far more effective and immersive.More: Captain Marvel Points Out The MCU’s Biggest Problem (But Can’t Quite Fix It)


Doom Patrol Introduces Admiral Whiskers – The Batman of the Rat World

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Doom Patrol, season 1, episode 7, “Therapy Patrol,” may have introduced the series’ strangest character yet with Admiral Whiskers – a rat who, like Batman, has devoted his life to avenging the death of his parents. Granted, Admiral Whiskers doesn’t wear a costume and does not seem to have devoted his life to the same intensive level of training as Bruce Wayne. Still, the little rodent is easily a match for the Dark Knight in determination and efficiency.Wacky character ideas like vigilante rats are par for the course in Doom Patrol, which is based on one of DC Comics’ most esoteric and outright weird comics. The titular team’s membership includes a woman with 64 distinct multiple personalities, each of which has their own super power. Their arch enemy, Mr. Nobody, is the reality-altering victim of a Nazi scientist’s experiment and is also convinced (perhaps not unjustly) that he is the show’s narrator. And the show’s supporting cast includes a doomsday prophet who just happens to be a cockroach.Related: Is Doom Patrol’s Ezekiel the Cockroach a Supernatural Reject?”Therapy Patrol” opens up with a Rashomon effect sequence, as we see the events of one morning play out from the individual perspectives of Rita Farr, Larry Trainor, Victor “Cyborg” Stone, Crazy Jane and Cliff Steele. Each character has their own baggage to deal with, which distracts them even as they interact with the rest of the residents of Doom Manor. This culminates in Cliff, who is in a manic mood, suggesting that they should all indulge in some group therapy and reveal their darkest secrets to one another so they can’t be used as ammunition by the villainous Mr. Nobody. The session does not go well, however, and ends with Cliff collapsing on the floor while seemingly speaking in tongues and hallucinating, before powering down as a rat climbs out of his open mouth.After the rat runs off, the Rashomon sequence begins anew, as a title card introduces us to Admiral Whiskers and we open on Doom Manor (6 Episodes Ago). It is here that we see a mommy rat run over by the team’s bus, driven by Cliff Steele, whilst in the middle of demonstrating to her baby how to safely cross the street. As the baby rat cries, he is comforted by Mr. Nobody (aka The Narrator), who encourages him to focus on the sorrow he is feeling and “feel it harden into that icy cold blade called vengeance!”Admiral Whiskers proves to be an apt pupil and follows Mr. Nobody’s instructions to find “the thoughtless cretin responsible for your mother’s annihilation” and proceed to destroy his mind, heart and soul. While that’s something of a tall order for a rat, Admiral Whiskers is still able to sneak into Cliff’s room while he is in sleep-mode. From there, it’s a simple matter to crawl into his robotic body through a still-open wound in his arm from an earlier battle and start gnawing his way through Cliff’s wiring, prompting Cliff’s breakdown earlier in the episode.While it’s all but certain that Cliff won’t be out for the count long, Admiral Whiskers has still effectively neutralized the team’s heaviest hitter for the foreseeable future. What makes this victory truly ironic is that the rest of the team have no idea that this stealthy, subtle attack is Mr. Nobody’s handiwork or that Admiral Whiskers, like Batman, was an agent of justice, albeit one not opposed to lethal force. Perhaps next week will see a new peace bloom after Admiral Whiskers and Robotman discover that both of their mothers were named Martha? Then again that might be too silly, even for Doom Patrol.More: Everything You Need To Know About The Doom Patrol (Before Starting The Show)


Every Quinjet Variant In The MCU

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The Quinjet is one of the coolest vehicles in the MCU – here are all the variations across the Quinjet’s movie appearances. The Quinjet was actually created by Black Panther in the comics, with the jet earning its name from the 5 jet thrusters that power it. Since every superhero team needs a really cool, special vehicle to travel in the Quinjet made its MCU debut in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers in 2012.The Quinjet has reappeared in the MCU many times since then, including on TV series Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. The jet’s unique design makes it idle for stealth missions and following the events of The Avengers they’ve frequently been used in combat operations.Related: Avengers: Endgame Lego Set Images Reveal New QuinjetLet’s explore the journey of the Quinjet and all the variations the vehicle has seen over the years.The Avengers QuinjetThe Quinjet made its first outing in The Avengers with S.H.I.E.L.D’s Helicarrier holding a few of them. The jet appears in several key scenes, such as the team arriving in Stuttgart to capture Loki and a brainwashed Hawkeye using a stolen jet to free Loki, who later escapes with the vehicle.In contrast to later appearances, The Avengers Quinjet is lightly armed and only really used for transport purposes. This basic model would reappear throughout the franchise, including Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War.Captain America: The Winter Soldier QuinjetThe Quinjet next appears in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and is featured in a prominent action scene where one appears to kill a fleeing Steve Rogers after he’s betrayed by Alexander Pierce. These jets were upgraded for combat following the New York attack, being outfitted with heavy machine guns, in addition to featuring a shorter wingspan. Falcon later battles one in the movie’s finale.The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok QuinjetTony Stark gave the Quinjet a special redesign for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. This jet is larger than previous versions, and tech upgrades include a new cloaking system and wings that fold around the main body. Black Widow drives out of this jet on a bike during one sequence and Ultron himself would later use its weapons to kill Quicksilver.Hulk used the jet’s cloaking systems to disappear in the movie’s finale, with this particular jet later reappearing in Thor: Ragnarok. It turns out Hulk crash-landed on a planet called Sakaar, where he became a gladiator.Captain Marvel QuadjetAn earlier version of the Quinjet, dubbed a Quadjet, appears in Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers and Nick Fury use this during an action sequence, and the vehicle is later upgraded by the Skrulls to fly into space. The Quadjet retains the basic shape of its successor, with a lighter paint scheme and some weaponry like Gatling guns.Next: Avengers Theory. Skrulls Will Have An Important Role In Endgame


The Highwaymen True Story: What Really Happened With Bonnie & Clyde

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Netflix’s new movie The Highwaymen tells the story of Bonnie and Clyde’s final days from the perspective of the men who killed them – but how does it compare to the true story? Directed by John Lee Hancock, The Highwaymen stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as former Texas Rangers Frank “Pancho” Hamer and Ben Maney Gault, respectively, who are brought out of retirement and commissioned to hunt down and kill the celebrity sweethearts terrorizing the central United States.The Highwaymen’s cast also includes Kathy Bates as Governor Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, the first female Governor of Texas, who was first elected to the position after her husband, James E. Ferguson, was impeached. Following Ma Ferguson’s re-election in 1932, 40 Texas Rangers quit in protest of political corruption and the rest were fired; the Rangers would remain disbanded until 1935, when they were incorporated into the Texas Department of Public Safety, and it was during this period of dormancy that The Highwaymen takes place.Related: The Dirt True Story: What the Mötley Crüe Netflix Movie ChangedHancock’s movie is a blend of truth and fiction, with color and embellishment added to build a narrative of two old-school lawmen butting up against modern times. For example, the movie plays up the incompetence and hostility of Hoover’s FBI and even has them botching Hamer and Gault’s planned ambush of Bonnie and Clyde at their family homes, which didn’t actually happen. Similarly, there was no dramatic car chase through a dusty field that allowed Bonnie and Clyde to escape Hamer and Gault’s clutches. Let’s separate the fact from the fiction in The Highwaymen, and take a look at what we know about the real story of Bonnie and Clyde.This Page: The Prison Break, Hamer and Gault, and The Real Bonnie and ClydePage 2: The Shootout and the AftermathThe Highwaymen opens with a major event from towards the end of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker’s crime spree: a planned jailbreak of several criminal associates from Eastham prisoner farm, where Clyde himself had once been an inmate. Though many of the details in this sequence are taken from the true story (Barrow’s associates left weapons to  aid in the escape, and one prison guard was killed while another was wounded), there are also some creative liberties taken that set the tone for how The Highwaymen blends fact with embellishment.According to My Life With Bonnie & Clyde – a memoir written by Clyde’s sister, Blanche Barrow – it was actually Clyde, not Bonnie, who fired a machine gun into the treeline while the men made their escape. While he did that, Bonnie stayed in the car and leaned on the horn to signal the men which way they should run. Moreover, Wade Hampton McNabb was not one of the attempted escapees, so the scene where he is dramatically left behind is fictionalized. Wade McNabb was eventually kidnapped and murdered while on furlough, but he was killed by Barrow gang member Joe Palmer as revenge for McNabb’s behavior in prison, not for ratting the gang out to Hamer and Gault. It was Palmer, not Hamer and Gault, who arranged for McNabb’s furlough.The Highwaymen offers some stories about Hamer’s heyday as a Texas Ranger that are in fact lifted from real life, if embellished in places. The story that Hamer tells Clyde’s father – about being shot as a teenager by a rancher who tried to pay him to ambush his business partner – is true, and Hamer really did return to kill the rancher after he healed. The “manos arriba” story that Gault tells is also based on truth, though in reality it was bootleggers smuggling alcohol during the Prohibition that he killed, and there were only six of them, not sixty. Moreover, Gault himself was not actually present during this incident.Related: Everything We Know About Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Movie The IrishmanHamer and Gault were indeed old acquaintances before they were commissioned to hunt down Bonnie and Clyde together. Before joining the Texas Rangers, Gault had worked undercover for Hamer, as he had a talent for insinuating himself into criminal rings – a talent that’s showcased in The Highwaymen, when Hamer sends Gault out to sweet-talk residents of the migrant camp. The two families became close, and Hamer did indeed specifically choose Gault to be his partner after being approached for the Bonnie and Clyde job.Though Hamer and Gault experience several frustrating near-misses of Bonnie and Clyde in The Highwaymen, in real life they didn’t actually catch up to the couple until the ambush on the morning of May 23, 1934. As depicted in the movie, Hamer refused lucrative offers from the media to spill the gory details of the Bonnie and Clyde shootout, and both he and Gault were said to have disliked the attention that the case brought upon them. Hamer said that he was “sickened by the sight” of the shootout’s aftermath.Bonnie and Clyde themselves are not the central focus of The Highwaymen, and actually appear very little – glimpsed mainly from far away, with their faces only clearly shown in the moment before their death.Perhaps the biggest change that The Highwaymen makes to the real story of Bonnie and Clyde is playing up Bonnie Parker’s role as a femme fatale – not only firing a machine gun into the trees to cover the prison break, but also stalking over to downed patrolmen and turning them over so that they could see their deaths coming as she shot them in the face. This is based on the account of William Schieffer, the farmer shown witnessing the Easter Sunday killings of patrolmen Wheeler and Murphy in The Highwaymen. However, other witnesses contradicted this claim and it was ultimately discredited – though not before inflaming public outrage against Bonnie.Aside from Schieffer’s claim, there’s no evidence that Bonnie actually killed anyone, or even that she ever fired a gun, though she was obviously complicit in the Barrow gang’s crimes. At the time of her death, she had never actually been charged with a capital crime. The detail that she dragged her left heel after badly burning her leg in a car accident is based on real life, as is the bunny rabbit (called Sonny Boy) that Bonnie managed to successfully gift to her mother, despite being intensely pursued by the law in the final months of her life.Page 2: The Shootout and the AftermathAs seen in The Highwaymen, Bonnie and Clyde were eventually ambushed by a posse of six lawmen: Hamer and Gault, Texas officers Bob Alcorn and Ted Hinton, Bienville Parish Sheriff Henderson Jordan, and Jordan’s deputy, Prentiss Oakley. Notably, all three of these duos characterized the ambush differently with conflicting testimony, and historians have speculated that each account was embellished by the storyteller’s own agenda. The Highwaymen sticks with the broader details that are consistent across all accounts: that Ivy Methvin, father of Barrow gang member Henry Methvin, agreed to help in the ambush, and that his truck was planted in the road so that Clyde would slow down.Though in The Highwaymen there is a dramatic moment where Hamer decides to step out into the road to be the first to confront Bonnie and Clyde, and Gault steps out after him, the conflicting reports make it difficult to determine if this is actually what happened, or even if Bonnie and Clyde were given fair warning before the shooting began. Here is Bob Alcorn and Ted Hinton’s account of the shooting, from a newspaper report at the time:There must have been a signal given, but who it came from is another thing. We just all acted together, stepped out into the road and raised our guns. We all yelled “Halt!” at once. They didn’t halt. The car was going slowly and Clyde let go of the wheel. We could see him grab at a gun in his lap. Bonnie was going for something on the other side.Then all hell broke loose. There were six men shooting at once… You couldn’t hear any one shot. It was just a roar, a continuous roar, and it kept up for several minutes. We emptied our guns, reloaded and kept shooting. As we jumped into sight, I could see Clyde reaching as if to get his gun. But he never had a chance to fire a shot. Neither did Bonnie, tho we learned a few minutes later that they both were carrying rifles across their laps.After shooting the shotguns, we emptied the pistols at the car, which had passed us and ran into a ditch about 50 yards on down the road. It almost turned over. We kept shooting at the car even after it stopped. We weren’t taking any chances.Related: The 25 Best Films on Netflix Right NowOne of the difficulties that Hamer and Gault face in The Highwaymen when trying to track down Bonnie and Clyde is the couple’s celebrity, with many people viewing them favorably as modern-day Robin Hoods. In the film’s most sobering scene, the adoring crowd that formerly thronged around the living couple with proclamations of love and praise returns when they are did, to try and take photos and collect “souvenirs” from the bodies.This is, disturbingly, based on what actually happened – except that the crowd didn’t wait for the car to be towed back before descending. One man tried to cut off Clyde Barrow’s trigger finger, and another tried to cut off his left ear. A woman cut off bloody clumps of Bonnie Parker’s hair, and bits of blood-stained clothing were cut away from both of their bodies. Meanwhile, less daring members of the crowd gathered up fragments of glass and shell casings. After the car was towed back to Arcadia, thousands of people descended on the town, hoping for a look at the car and the bodies.Thousands attended the funerals of Bonnie and Clyde, with as many as 20,000 estimated onlookers at Bonnie’s. The “death car” itself is still on display at Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino in Primm, Nevada.More: Read Screen Rant’s Review of The Highwaymen


Fury's Big Week: The Correct Way To Watch MCU Phase 1

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What is the best rewatch order for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 1? Avengers: Endgame is due out in April, bringing an end to the MCU’s first three phases. Needless to say, ahead of the film’s release many viewers have decided this is the perfect opportunity to rewatch all the previous Marvel movies that go before it.The sheer number of films – 20 at present, with Captain Marvel due just seven weeks before Avengers: Endgame – makes that a tall order as is; it’s already too late to watch one MCU movie a week. However, schedule concerns come after you’ve figured out what order to watch the non-chronological movies.Related: The Best MCU Rewatch Order For Before Avengers: EndgameSome people choose to stick with release order, which makes sense; you can see themes and ideas develop as Marvel becomes increasingly sure-footed and confident of its direction. Others prefer to put together a timeline, and watch events in (roughly) the order things are supposed to have happened in-universe. However, that causes real problems when it comes to rewatching MCU Phase 1.MCU Phase 1 Is Out Of Order

Although they’re all building towards The Avengers, the MCU’s Phase 1 movies are told out of order, and the official timeline is rather tricky. Captain America: The First Avenger is a period piece set during World War II, which naturally means it’s the first Marvel movie to check out in any chronological-order rewatch. But then The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, and Thor are all happening at roughly the same time; news footage of the Hulk’s rampage appears when Tony Stark visits S.H.I.E.L.D., while Phil Coulson leaves Malibu for New Mexico because an enchanted hammer has dropped from the sky. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to work out the exact sequence of events, not least because of a number of contradictory references suggest these three films could be set anytime between 2009 and 2011.It fell to Eric Pearson and Christopher Yost to tighten up the official MCU timeline in 2012, in preparation for the release of The Avengers. Both were members of Marvel Studios’ in-house Writers Program, working on scripts for the films and one-shots, and they were tasked with writing a tie-in comic book miniseries that would draw the various threads together. This was Fury’s Big Week, a story that focused on three S.H.I.E.L.D. agents – Fury, Coulson, and Black Widow – and explained how they wound up rushing from one crisis to the next. The plot was signed off by Kevin Feige and Jeremy Latcham, allowing Marvel to market this as “the real deal” in terms of continuity.Using Fury’s Big Week as a guide, it’s possible to put together a far more comprehensive chronological viewing order of Phase 1. Of course, because three of the films are happening at the same time, the comic jumps between the various scenes; at one point Black Widow is helping Stark deal with Justin Hammer and Whiplash before being sent to Culver University to monitor Bruce Banner. It’s unwise to chop and change between the different films, so the best approach is to put the movies in the order their third acts happened in-universe.How To Watch MCU Phase 1

In light of Fury’s Big Week, this is probably the best fit for a chronological viewing order of the MCU’s Phase 1:Captain America: The First Avenger – The film is primarily set in the 1940s, but S.H.I.E.L.D. recover Steve Rogers’ body shortly before The Avengers.Iron Man – The beginning of the modern MCU, Iron Man ends with Tony Stark publicly outing himself as a superhero.Iron Man 2 – The first film to wrap up, Iron Man 2 ends at the mid-point of both The Incredible Hulk and Thor.Thor – Coulson’s story heads out to New Mexico for his encounter with a certain God of Thunder. According to Fury’s Big Week, this is the next crisis to be successfully resolved.The Incredible Hulk – The Battle of Harlem is the final part of Fury’s Big Week, and the comic adds additional details to the end of The Incredible Hulk; Black Widow is sent straight from Stark Industries to monitor Banner, and arrests Samuel Sterns while the Hulk is fighting the Abomination. That’s why he’s never been seen since in the MCU; he was bagged and tagged by S.H.I.E.L.D..The Avengers – The stories come together and the timeline is clear (for now).If you’re wanting to watch the MCU in chronological order, this is probably the best fit; it makes sense in terms of the overall story, with the third acts of Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk wrapping up in-sequence and setting up The Avengers. It’s certainly very different to the release order, though.More: How To Watch Every MCU Movie Online


Star Trek: Discovery May Be Explaining Spock's Original Series Mutiny

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Spock’s presence in Star Trek: Discovery season 2 could shed light on one of his pivotal actions when he was Science Officer aboard the Starship Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk: the Vulcan committed mutiny, just like his foster sister Michael Burnham. It’s possible Burnham’s life-altering choice in season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery plants the seed for Spock to do the same in the Star Trek: The Original Series episodes “The Menagerie, Parts 1 and 2”- and he learns the dos and don’ts of mutiny from Michael’s mistakes.Star Trek: Discovery is set roughly a decade before the events of the inaugural Star Trek series. In the two-part series premiere, “The Vulcan Hello” and “The Battle at the Binary Stars,” the rise of the Klingon threat prompts Commander Michael Burnham to commit mutiny. Burnham disobeys her orders and fires on the Klingons, instigating the Klingon War that would devastate the Alpha Quadrant and permanently change the course of her life. Though the Federation ultimately achieved an armistice with the Klingons, many thousands died during the year-long Klingon War. Burnham ultimately found redemption, but she continues to deal with the ramifications of her actions.Related: Everything That Happened Between Star Trek: Discovery Seasons 1 and 2One of the intriguing aspects of Star Trek: Discovery is that Burnham grew up in the same household as Spock. Ambassador Sarek adopted Michael as his ward and raised her alongside his half-Vulcan/half-human son. Their relationship soured due to undisclosed reasons (possibly because Spock developed feelings for his foster sister) before Burnham left Vulcan to join Starfleet; Spock would follow suit and also join Starfleet. At this point in Star Trek history, Spock is Science Officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. Though the Enterprise was exploring the galaxy on its five-year mission and missed fighting in the Klingon War, Spock was surely aware of the mistakes Michael made. It’s logical to surmise that the Vulcan learned from Michael’s mutiny and didn’t repeat her grave mistakes when he also decided to commit mutiny in The Original Series.This Page: Spock and Michael Burnham’s MutiniesPage 2: What This Means For Spock In Star Trek: Discovery Season 2Spock Committed Mutiny In The Original Star Trek

Spock committed mutiny in The Original Series’ first season two-parter “The Menagerie” (which contains footage from Star Trek’s original pilot “The Cage”). When Captain Pike was seriously injured by exposure to delta-rays, which left him permanently in a wheelchair and unable to speak, Spock betrayed Kirk and hijacked the Starship Enterprise. His goal was to deliver Pike to Talos IV, a planet they visited in 2254 (3 years before Star Trek: Discovery season 2’s events). Starfleet is forbidden to visit Talos IV under penalty of death because the Talosians are illusion-casting beings who kidnap aliens for their zoo; however, the Talosians were actually engineering events to bring Pike to them so they could offer the gravely injured captain, whom they respect and admire, a chance to live as he once did in a permanent illusion.When Kirk caught up to his First Officer, he led a court-martial of Spock for mutiny as the Vulcan slowly unraveled his plan with the help of the Talosians. Ultimately, when Kirk learned the truth that Spock hijacked the Enterprise to save his former Captain, the Vulcan was absolved of all wrongdoing: Starfleet brings no charges to Spock, rescinds the death penalty, and allows Pike to live among the Talosians. With the new context offered by Star Trek Discovery, Spock actually became Starfleet’s second mutineer in “The Menagerie”, but he never suffered punishment for his actions, unlike his foster sister Michael Burnham.Spock’s Foster Sister Michael Burnham Was Starfleet’s First Mutineer

Michael Burnham bears the ignoble status as the first mutineer in Starfleet. She not only disobeyed the direct orders of her Captain Philippa Georgiou, Burnham actually attacked her commanding officer, temporarily disabling her with a Vulcan nerve pinch. In the course of the Battle at the Binary Stars, Georgiou was killed by the Klingons and their starship the U.S.S. Shenzhou was lost. Burnham survived and was court-martialed; she was stripped of her rank and sentenced to life in prison but was given a chance to redeem herself when Captain Gabriel Lorca brought her aboard the U.S.S. Discovery.Related: Explaining Star Trek: Discovery’s Biggest Canon Inconsistencies and Plot HolesIn the first six months of Klingon War, 8,000 people were already dead as a result of Michael’s mutiny and that number would sharply rise before it was all over. Star Trek: Discovery’s entire first season depicts Michael Burnham’s long road to redemption, a journey Spock never had to undertake when he followed in Michael’s footsteps in The Original Series.Page 2: What This Means For Spock In Star Trek: Discovery Season 2

The Difference Between Spock and Michael Burnham’s MutiniesIt’s ironic that both of Sarek’s children are mutineers but, in typical Spock fashion, the Vulcan not only learned from his foster sister’s mutiny, he actually managed to improve on it. In “The Menagerie”, Spock may have stolen the Enterprise, lied to Captain Kirk and his crew, and he even attacked and disabled Starfleet technicians on a Starbase in order to beam Pike aboard his ship, but he suffered no ramifications for it. No one died during Spock’s mutiny and once the entire gambit was revealed as an act of mercy, Starfleet and Kirk instantly forgave Spock for conspiring with the Talosians – who were known enemies of the Federation – and allowed Pike to live out the remainder of his life on Talos IV. What’s more, once it was stricken from the record books, Spock got away scot-free and his mutiny was never mentioned again.Afterwards, Kirk never raised the subject of Spock betraying Starfleet or even teased his emotionless best friend about “that one time you stole the Enterprise”; in fact, Spock would commit similar acts later in The Original Series, such as in “Amok Time” when he hijacked the Enterprise again to deliver him to Vulcan while he was gripped in the temporary madness of Pon Farr. All’s well that ends well for Spock when he mutinies and, as time went on, disobeying orders to save the Earth even becomes something of a calling card for Kirk’s entire Enterprise crew.Related: Star Trek Movies & TV: What The Franchise’s Future Looks LikeBy contrast, Michael Burnham suffered personally and professionally from the ramifications of her mutiny. As in the case of Spock trying to save Pike, Burnham betrayed Georgiou because she truly believed she was trying to save the Alpha Quadrant from the Klingons. Instead, she instigated the war that led to mass destruction and thousands of deaths. The entire arc of Star Trek: Discovery season 1 revolved around Michael’s attempt to redeem herself and, even though she does save the Federation and has her rank restored, her status as Starfleet’s first mutineer will always hang like a black cloud over her head.Unlike Spock, Michael is permanently scarred and defined by her mutiny. Despite all being forgiven, in “Brother”, the season 2 premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, Burnham is visibly rankled when Pike pointedly mentions the Klingon War that she started. Burnham was raised on Vulcan and tries to replicate Spock’s cool Vulcan reserve, but she always carries the deep sorrow over the harm she caused and it permeates her being. Michael may never get past the infamy of being Starfleet’s first mutineer no matter how hard she tries while, unfairly, Spock is never judged by his similar actions.What This Means For Spock In Star Trek: Discovery Season 2

As a prequel series, Star Trek: Discovery season 2 looks primed to take advantage of its opportunity to provide a great deal of context to Spock. This is an era of his life that fans have only seen fleeting glimpses of; at this time period, Spock is younger, rawer, and the Vulcan will be coming to grips with the emotions of his human side. The Spock portrayed by Leonard Nimoy that fans know best is the cool, unflappable, fully-formed Vulcan; the Spock as portrayed by Ethan Peck on Star Trek: Discovery is still learning and is wrestling with his private demons (nightmares perhaps caused by the red signals tied to the entity called the Red Angel which have plagued Spock since he was a child).Along with adding depth to Spock’s loyalty to Captain Pike, Star Trek: Discovery will also explore Spock’s problematic relationship to Michael. Seeing Spock in this era should provide fascinating insight into the building blocks that turned the Vulcan into the remarkable character who will one day sacrifice his own life to save Captain Kirk from the wrath of Khan in Star Trek II and, in turn, inspire such loyalty from his Enterprise crewmates that they all committed mutiny in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock to bring their favorite Vulcan back when he’s reborn on the Genesis planet.Ironically, many of Kirk’s Enterprise’s most famous missions involve disregarding Starfleet’s orders and taking matters into their own hands to save the galaxy. These are lessons Spock himself logically must have learned from his foster sister on Star Trek: Discovery, along with the wisdom not to repeat the mistakes Michael Burnham made.Next: Star Trek: Discovery Makes Fun Of A Decades-Old Enterprise ProblemStar Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays @ 8:30pm on CBS All-Access and internationally the next day on Netflix.


Resident Evil 2's Special Weapons Case: How To Open It & What's Inside

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The first blockbuster release of 2019 is Resident Evil 2. A remake of the timeless 1998 PlayStation classic, this survival horror adventure title sees players take on the roles of Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy as they attempt to escape from Raccoon City.Like the original survival horror games in the series, Resident Evil 2 is as much about taking on zombies and other grotesque creatures as it is about solving puzzles, scouring environments for key items, and unlocking doors through a variety of contrived means. It’s this mix of harrowing action and methodical puzzle-solving gameplay that makes Resident Evil such a timeless series.Related: Resident Evil 2 Review: A Classic RebornIn the remake of Resident Evil 2, there are several puzzles which are optional; tasks which need not be completed in order to finish the game. One of the most noteworthy optional tasks in the game is opening the Special Weapons Case. Found early in the underground facility, the part of the game explored after unlocking the secret passage underneath the goddess statue, this glass case contains vital goodies… But how do you open it?

In order to open the Special Weapons Case as either Leon or Claire, they need to find the S.T.A.R.S. Badge. This is acquired through a rather lengthy quest chain, and the various parts are found in different locations depending on whether you’re going through an initial playthrough of Resident Evil 2 or a “2nd Run,” which remixes item placements and otherwise cranks up the difficulty a bit. In a “2nd Run,” the player won’t get the S.T.A.R.S. Badge until a bit later compared to an initial playthrough. In any case, this is what you need to do:Find the Ornate Box, which requires a red jewel to open. In a first run, it’s in the RPD Observation Room (with the glass mirror and the terrifying Licker jump-scare), and in a “2nd Run,” it’s in the shower room.Find the Red Book, which is located in the library.Bring the Red Book to the Emperor Statue in the Art RoomUse the Red Book with the statue’s arm to acquire the scepterExamine the scepter to acquire the Red JewelUse the Red Jewel on the Ornate Box to acquire the S.T.A.R.S. Badge.The S.T.A.R.S. Badge can be examined to reveal its true purpose as a USB key, which can be used on the computer in the S.T.A.R.S. office to unlock the armory, giving Claire and Leon access to the machine gun and the magnum, respectively.At this point, it may seem as if the S.T.A.R.S. Badge is no longer of use, but that is not the case; in Resident Evil 2, whenever a key item has been fully utilized, it will be marked by a red check, at which point it can be discarded. The S.T.A.R.S. Badge will not have a red check mark until the player uses it on the Special Weapons Case.Players must to bring the S.T.A.R.S. Badge to the Special Weapons Case, retract the USB key by examining it in the inventory, and slot the badge into the case, at which point it will finally open. If playing as Claire, the box contains a suppressor for her MQ-11, which stabilizes recoil, resulting in a much tighter spread when firing her weapon. Leon, meanwhile, gets a long barrel for his Lightning Hawk magnum, which reduces recoil and increases the hand cannon’s already impressive damage output.At this point, the S.T.A.R.S. Badge will finally earn its red check mark and can be promptly discarded, its purpose fulfilled.More: 15 Things You Never Knew About Resident Evil


Alien: Blackout Guide – Tips, Tricks, and How To Stay Alive

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A guide featuring helpful tips and tricks to aid players in keeping Amanda Ripley and her crew alive in Alien: Blackout against the xenomorph threat.In the mobile game Alien: Blackout, the sequel to Alien: Isolation, players take on the role of Amanda Ripley who finds herself trapped on a spaceship with four other survivors of an alien attack. It is Amanda’s job to monitor each level of the station for the alien’s presence while also guiding the other crew members to complete tasks that will eventually lead to their escape.At first, this might seem like an easy task. But as the levels progress, it becomes increasingly difficult to micromanage the team and keep the alien away from the crew and Amanda. Monitoring each of the seven levels means continuously checking for the xenomorph’s whereabouts and figuring out which way crew members need to go to complete their missions without getting killed. Each level has two crew members, and if they die, the game ends. Amanda must also keep herself alive, and that means preventing the alien from attacking her where she hides while she’s also managing each crew member. With a total of seven levels, it can feel impossible to escape the space station alive.Related: Alien: Blackout Review – Not Your Typical Mobile GameHowever, players can beat Alien: Blackout with a little help. The following Alien: Blackout guide features tips and tricks will help keep everyone alive and safe from the xenomorph, allowing them to escape the nightmare of Alien: Blackout.

Use Headphones While Playing Alien: BlackoutMost mobile games only have ambient sound, meant to add to the gameplay experience. Alien: Blackout, though, uses sound as part of its gameplay so it is essential that players listen carefully as they play. This is why it is highly recommended that players use headphones when indulging in Alien: Blackout because sound is sometimes the only way to hear the alien approaching Amanda’s hiding spot. This gives Amanda time to respond by closing the vents (although this creates a station blackout) to keep the alien from killing her. If the alien sneaks up on her and kills her, the game immediately ends. So wear headphones, and listen carefully.Pay Attention And Listen to the Team and VentsAlien: Blackout is not a typical mobile game that someone can play while doing something else. This is a game best played when there are no distractions. Because the alien can pop up anywhere at any time, it’s important to keep an eye on the game and listen carefully. Listening to teammates is crucial because they will often say that they hear the alien approaching. Listening to the scuttling in the vents means the creature is heading towards Amanda. It’s also important to watch the cameras, switching back and forth between them as quickly as possible. When that red dot appears on the map, a quick response to tell a crew member to hide or run can be the difference between life or death.Use Path Drawing To Specify Crew MovementsAlways consider drawing a path for a crew member to reach an objective. This allows Amanda to have crew members stay out of the alien’s way and gives her a chance to close doors behind them to keep the alien at bay. Sometimes path drawing is a little tricky, so the best tip is to click on the dot that represents the crew member Amanda wants to select and then tap where they need to go. If at all possible, though, drag a finger along the exact path to get them from point A to point B as safely as possible.

Always Have One Power Slot AvailableThere are only five power slots available during each level of Alien: Blackout. Once the power slots burn out, Amanda and her team become more vulnerable because she doesn’t have power to do what it takes to keep people alive. That leaves everyone open to an alien attack. During each level, observe the power slots, and always make sure to have at least one available. The alien is unpredictable and can turn up anywhere at any time. Having a power slot available to close a door or activate a Motion Tracker Zone quickly could save a crew member’s life.Use Crew CommandsAmanda can tap on each crew member and get a list of orders for them that includes run, hide, sneak and come out. Use these commands to keep crew members safe. If an alien is near a crew member and there is no door to keep the alien away, the best thing to do is to tell them to hide until the alien has moved on. It’s also good to wait a little longer after the alien disappears, just in case, before telling a crew member that it’s safe to come out. If there’s a room with a door that could save a crew member nearby, tell that crew member to run into that room so that Amanda can close the door behind them. Remember, though, that each time Amanda speaks, it alerts the alien to her location. While giving commands, also listen for the sounds of the alien entering the vents near Amanda and respond accordingly.Try to keep all crew members alive in each levelAlthough each level only requires one crew member to stay alive to complete it, it’s important to try to keep all four crew members alive throughout the game. As the levels progress and get harder, Amanda will need everyone to complete the missions necessary to escape the ship. Each level has two crew members working tasks, so if one dies, go ahead and stop the game and replay the level until both get through. It’s almost impossible to finish the game without the full crew, and although it might get monotonous replaying levels, getting everyone out alive should be Amanda’s top priority.More: The Alien Prequels Are Better Than The PredatorAlien: Blackout is now available for $4.99 on the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.


House of Cards Season 6: New Cast & Character Recap Guide

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There’s a new President in charge in House of Cards season 6, which sees former lead Kevin Spacey excised from the picture and a new cast of characters enter to cause problems for Claire Underwood. The Netflix series faced a difficult situation when Spacey faced multiple accusations of sexual assault, and the decision was made to write Frank Underwood out of the show entirely. When House of Cards season 6 begins, Frank is already dead and buried – but Claire still has to deal with the fallout of his many crimes.Because of the extra-long stretch of time between seasons, and the complex network of grudges and agendas bubbling under the surface of House of Cards season 6, you may have lost track of which characters we’ve met before, and which characters are new this season. To that end, here’s a handy guide to the new and returning cast.Related: How House of Cards Season 6 Kills Frank UnderwoodRobin Wright as Claire Underwood Replaces Kevin SpaceyThe transition from a show with Spacey as the lead to a show that doesn’t have Spacey in it at all was made easier by the fact that, at the end of House of Cards season 5, Claire had already become President and had turned her back on her husband – defeating him, if only temporarily. That temporary defeat becomes more permanent with the death of Frank Underwood, though from the very start of House of Cards season 6 Claire finds herself haunted by the memories of her husband, and forced to deal with secrets that could bring the house of cards tumbling down.Returning House of Cards Cast In Season 6Michael Kelly as Doug Stamper – Frank Underwood’s White House Chief of Staff took the fall for Frank’s crimes at the end of season 5, and at the start of season 6 is locked up in a psychiatric facility, having taken an insanity plea.Campbell Scott as Mark Usher – Formerly the campaign manager for Frank’s Republican opponent, Will Conway, Mark is now Claire Underwood’s Vice President… though that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s her ally.Derek Cecil as Seth Grayson – Frank’s one-time Director of Communications is now working for the Shepherd family, who are plotting to undermine Claire’s presidency.Jeremy Holm as Nathan Green – The Deputy Director of the FBI, who isn’t afraid to get his hands a little dirty (or threaten to step on a guinea pig) in order to achieve his goals.Jayne Atkinson as Cathy Durant – The Secretary of State, whom Frank Underwood pushed down some stairs in an effort to keep her from testifying against him.Patricia Clarkson as Jane Davis – The (deep breath) Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade of the United States, who was a useful asset for the Underwoods in season 5.Constance Zimmer as Janine Skorsky – A journalist and one-time White House Correspondent for The Washington Herald, who now works for online media company Slugline. Janine was last seen in season 4.Boris McGiver as Tom Hammerschmidt – The former Editor-in-Chief of The Washington Herald, and now a freelance investigative journalist. Tom believes that Frank Underwood killed Zoe Barnes and Peter Russo, but has thus far been unable to prove it.Sakina Jaffrey as Linda Vasquez – President Garrett Walker’s sharp-minded Chief of Staff, who was maneuvered into being forced to resign by Frank Underwood in season 2.Lars Mikkelsen as Viktor Petrov – The President of Russia. Petrov is a cold and calculating man and a rather transparent analog for real-life Russian President Vladimir Putin.New House of Cards Cast in Season 6The major new additions in House of Cards season 6 are Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear as Annette and Bill Shepherd, wealthy and powerful siblings who have known Claire since childhood. While Claire has a veneer of friendship with Annette, the Shepherds are actually the new antagonists of this season – smiling and shaking hands with Claire in public, while at the same time using chilling tactics to try and force her to kiss the ring. Another key figure in the Shepherd family is Annette’s son, Duncan Shepherd, played by new addition Cody Fern.Another cast addition is Athena Karkanis as Melody Cruz, a Conservative talking head who is in league with the Shepherds, and uses her platform to attack the new President Underwood. Chip Zien also joins the cast as Dr. Charles Rosen, Doug Stamper’s psychiatrist at the facility where he’s being held, and Linda Powell plays Marcy Siegerson, the Deputy Director of the CIA.More: How Kevin Spacey’s Firing Changed House of Cards’ Final Season


EXCLUSIVE: All Marvel Netflix Shows Have Been Losing Viewers For Years

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The Marvel Netflix shows have been dropping sharply in popularity according to new viewership data provided exclusively to Screen Rant. This certainly explains the surprising, high-profile cancellation of Iron Fist and Luke Cage – in the case of Iron Fist, just a month after the release of season 2.Netflix has always been reluctant to provide viewing figures for its series. “Once we give a number for a show,” Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos explained to the New York Times in 2016, “then every show will be benchmarked off of that show even though they were built sometimes for very specific audiences.” But that means viewers struggle to understand the rationale behind the streaming giant’s business decisions, and cancellations become shocking and surprising.Related: Why Netflix Cancelled Iron Fist (Despite An Improved Season 2)Given the absence of solid data, analytics firms have stepped in to fill the gap in our knowledge. Screen Rant has spoken exclusively to Jumpshot, a San Francisco-based analytics company. Their anonymized global panel tracks five billion actions a day across 100 million devices to deliver insights into online consumer behavior. To compile the data on Netflix Originals, it looked at the viewing behavior and activity of the company’s US members. While this data has limitations – it’s US-specific and based on clicks rather than explicit viewing habits – it nevertheless gives us our best look yet at just what’s going on with the Marvel series.This Page: Marvel Netflix Shows Have Been Losing Viewers Since Daredevil Season 2Page 2: The Big Drops For Luke Cage, Iron Fist and DaredevilPage 3: Why Marvel Netflix Shows Are Losing ViewersMarvel Netflix Shows Have Been Losing Viewers Since Daredevil Season 2Jumpshot began monitoring Netflix viewing habits in 2016, and for the purpose of this analysis they’ve created an index to show the relative number of viewers against Daredevil season 2. As seen in the above graph, there’s a disturbingly clear downward trend; bar two notable examples, every season got substantially less than the one before, to the point that Iron Fist season 2 came it at just a quarter of Daredevil season 2.While it’s not unusual to see that kind of pattern with a long-running show, it’s far more surprising to see it clearly running through multiple different series. It suggests that audiences are interacting with the Marvel Netflix brand as a single entity, rather than dipping in and out of the different series. And that’s a huge problem for Netflix.It’s important to understand that Sarandos wasn’t lying when he seemed to hint viewing figures don’t mean as much to Netflix as they do to other companies. Netflix is a data-driven company, and the secret to their success lies in algorithms. A sophisticated algorithm divides viewers into roughly 2,000 “taste communities,” with each person part of three or four of them. The more shows a person watches, the more the algorithm understands which taste communities they’re part of, and the more it tailors Netflix’s recommendations to their individual interests. So long as each Marvel Netflix series retains its own discrete audience, then they’re still a good investment for Netflix. However, if viewers really are interacting with Marvel as a brand rather than with the individual shows, then they lose value for the streaming giant; they may no longer be appealing to those diverse taste communities.Related: What Luke Cage & Iron Fist Seasons 3 Would Have Been AboutIn the end, should the trend continue, there will come a time where only the hardcore Marvel fans are tuning in; given Netflix will lose the bulk of its Marvel content to the Disney streaming service, that will probably be the point of no return for the Marvel/Netflix partnership.Punisher and Daredevil Season 3 Are The Only Shows To Improve On The TrendOnly two shows seem able to resist the downward trend; The Punisher and Daredevil season 3. While neither season came close to matching Daredevil season 2 where the pair were last seen, they both saw increased viewership compared to the shows that came before.Unsurprisingly, these are the strongest individual brands in the Marvel Netflix range; Daredevil is a popular character who’s even been star of a movie before, and his series has a level of brand recognition that Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist frankly don’t. Season 3’s first-week performance is gratifying, and hopefully strong word-of-mouth will bolster it. A fourth season may well be a smart move.The Punisher, meanwhile, has often been described as a cultural phenomenon. “The Punisher is perhaps the most ubiquitous comic character, worldwide,” comic book writer Nathan Edmondson told ComicVine when discussing his Punisher run. “Soldiers wear him on their uniforms who haven’t read a comic in their lives; sex toys are nicknamed for him, racecars and wrestlers take on the skull or namesake, despite having little awareness of the actual comic.” Unfortunately, though, it’s possible to overstate the strength of The Punisher brand on Netflix; the series may simply have experienced a first season “bounce.” The extra viewers didn’t stick around for Jessica Jones season 2, which returned to the trend, but will they return when the second season of The Punisher streams next year? The answer may well dictate whether or not Netflix move to signing off spinoffs like Daughters of the Dragon or Heroes for Hire.Page 2 of 3: The Big Drops For Luke Cage, Iron Fist and DaredevilDaredevil Season 3 Got Half Of Season 2 In First Week (And Less Than Jessica Jones Season 2)Jumpshot’s data indicates that the Marvel Netflix shows – and, indeed, probably all Netflix Originals – follow a fairly predictable pattern in terms of overall performance; the bulk of their viewers tune in for the opening week, and views subsequently drop, until they reach a basic “background level.” Jumpshot has provided another index indicating how the different Marvel Netflix series performed in their first weeks, again compared to Daredevil season 2. Here’s how they look:Daredevil season 2: 100Luke Cage season 1: 92Iron Fist season 1: 80The Punisher season 1: 70The Defenders: 61Jessica Jones season 2: 53Daredevil season 3: 43Luke Cage season 2: 38Iron Fist season 2: 29Related: When Are Marvel’s Other Netflix Shows Returning?The exact figures give a sense of scale to the diminishing views. In the case of Daredevil season 3, they show just how significant an outlier this really is when compared to the overall trend. Following the drop, you’d have expected the show to score just 20 on the index, with only one-fifth of viewers sticking around for season 3. Instead, it scored 43, strongly suggesting that the Daredevil brand stands apart from the rest of the Marvel Netflix series.At the same time, though, this isn’t all good news for Daredevil. After all, the figures do still show a significant reduction in viewers; less than half the people who watched season 2 have tuned in for the third season. If this particular brand really is more distinct, separate from the other Marvel Netflix series, then it’s possible the two-year wait between seasons has sapped general interest. Hopefully, strong word of mouth will ensure it takes a while for Daredevil season 3 to fall to background levels of viewership.Read More: Daredevil Season 3 Lost 57% Of Season 2 Viewership In First WeekIron Fist & Luke Cage Seasons Were A Third of Their First SeasonsIncredibly, according to Jumpshot both Iron Fist and Luke Cage lost roughly two-thirds of their viewers between their first and second seasons. Compared to their first seasons, Luke Cage lost 59 percent of its viewers, while Iron Fist lost 64 percent. As Jumpshot’s chart shows, Iron Fist season 2 dropped back to background levels of views within just a few weeks. Marvel fans were surprised when Netflix canceled Iron Fist just a month after the second season’s release, but these viewing patterns certainly explain the decision.Read More: Iron Fist & Luke Cage Cancellation Reason Revealed By Netflix Viewer DataThe stats make the debate over Luke Cage’s cancellation rather more interesting. There have been strong rumors that Netflix wanted to renew that series, but that there were the dreaded “creative differences” between Marvel and the streaming giant. The original deal was for a 13-episode series, but it’s reported that Netflix wanted to cut the series down to 10 episodes – probably due to costs. Production of these Marvel Netflix shows isn’t cheap, after all, and as a result Deadline claim that “there has been pressure on [Luke Cage] to overperform in viewership.” With Marvel and Netflix unable to reach an agreement, the viewing figures just weren’t there to save Luke Cage.Page 3 of 3: Why Marvel Netflix Shows Are Losing ViewersNetflix Has Got Too Big For Marvel To Break ThroughWhat is driving the decline of Marvel Netflix? Part of the problem, strangely enough, is likely the streaming giant’s increasing focus on original content. In 2017, Netflix spent $6 billion on original content; for 2018, it planned to spend $8 billion. The streaming service also intended to release 80 original films this year, and a staggering 700 TV shows. No less than 60 different Netflix Originals premiered in October, ranging from Creeped Out to The Haunting of Hill House, from Making A Murderer: Part 2 to The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. When Daredevil season 3 released on October 19, it was competing against 10 other Netflix Original series and three Netflix movies. Netflix is simply getting too big for Marvel to break through.That’s especially the case if, as suggested earlier, the Marvel Netflix shows are increasingly being watched only by Marvel fans. The natural consequence of that would be that Netflix’s algorithms would prioritize other content, original series and films that appeal to the different taste communities. Netflix don’t tend to invest heavily on advertising for their shows, simply trusting to the algorithm to offer viewers something they’re interested in. That may be beginning to damage the Marvel Netflix productions.The Marvel Netflix Series Are Hit-And-MissMeanwhile, it’s also important to note that the quality of the Marvel Netflix shows has varied wildly. Although Daredevil has retained roughly the same quality level, with each season receiving critical and popular acclaim, the same hasn’t been true of the other series. The lowest point was undoubtedly Iron Fist season 1, which was slated by viewers and critics alike. Marvel changed showrunner, and worked hard to redeem the character for a much-improved second season, but it seems it was too late.A related issue, one that perhaps encourages audiences to interact with the Marvel shows as a single brand rather than as individual series, is the fact that they all share the same problems. Even the first season of Daredevil was criticized for its poor pacing, but the same complaints are still being made three years later. Every series needs to find its own balance, shaped by the kind of story it wants to tell, the genre it operates in, and the character dynamics in play. Without exception, the Marvel series have been criticized for failing to get the pacing right. There were finally signs of improvement with Iron Fist season 2 and Daredevil season 3, but again it seems to have been too late. After all, realistically it shouldn’t take Marvel between 10 and 12 seasons to adjust their formula in response to common complaints.Related: Daredevil Season 3’s Ending ExplainedThere’s Too Much Marvel Netflix, So People Give UpThere’s one final variable; the fact that Marvel is producing so much content on the streaming service. When the partnership between Marvel and Netflix began in 2015, they released only two shows a year. Last year, there were three; this year, there have been four. There hasn’t even been much of a gap, either; Iron Fist season 2 came out on September 7, Daredevil season 3 on October 19.Back in 2015, when a Marvel series dropped on Netflix it was an event. Now, it’s par for the course. This immediately means that the problems and issues with the various Marvel shows will become increasingly evident to audiences, and Marvel will be unable to correct. And, as in any medium, you can reach a saturation point when audiences have too much of the same thing. With four Marvel Netflix series releasing in 2018, how do viewers choose which one to prioritize? All four shows felt as though they mattered, as though they were equally important to their characters’ worlds.-While the data provided by Jumpshot has its limitations, it’s tremendously valuable in letting us get a glimpse of what’s going on behind the curtain. Netflix’s recent decisions – the cancellation of first Iron Fist, and then Luke Cage – suddenly make a lot more sense.But what will the future hold for the Marvel Netflix world? The Punisher season 2 has already wrapped up production, and Jessica Jones season 2 is still filming, so those will presumably drop in 2019. The first season of The Punisher was an outlier from the trend, performing surprisingly well, and Netflix will be watching the season 2 viewing figures carefully. Meanwhile, the fact that Daredevil season 3 is another outlier indicates the Man Without Fear may well still hold a powerful appeal.More: What To Expect In Daredevil Season 4