I haven’t invested in superheroes since Toby Maguire’s Spiderman and Christian Bale’s Batman. I know it’s because I dislike the fact that they basically make the same story over and over again, just with different actors. Come on, there can’t be that many web-throwers roaming the streets of New York City. (Speaking of, why do the superheroes only live in NYC? Chicago also has a ton of crime.)
These days, I’ve realized that my interest is only triggered when the “superhero” and/or villain is as human as humanly possible.
The more human they are, the more:
- A) Believable
- B) Unpredictable because heyyyy – they can die
- C) Attainable
Sometimes, as I’m walking down the street past dark – which I rarely ever do Mom – I imagine who might emerge from the shadows to save me in case anything were to happen. Obviously, my pepper spray is my best option, but a girl can wonder. I should probably limit my imagination, and just settle for a regular suitor.
Right now, Netflix is responsible for multiple Marvel TV shows featuring humanistic-hero, Comic Book legends. Two of them specifically caught my eye. I never thought that I would be on the Marvel train in any way/shape/form. I know I’m just a bandwagon fan (only hopping on board every so often, depending on the character), and I’m fine with that. I’m way past being loyal to fandoms out of just sheer obligation.
Besides the whole vigilante thing, each of these series could be just like any other drama, filled with crime, romance, and the burning question of,
“What is it, to be a hero?”
Netflix Original Series, (2015-)
Matt Murdock (Daredevil) seems like just any other guy on the street. He had a rough childhood, but grew up to be a lawyer opening his own firm with his college best friend. The difference is that he lost his eyesight when he was a boy, which resulted in his other senses heightening to what seems like a supernatural level. Enter his mentor: Who teaches him how to defend himself and control his new abilities. Using those combat skills and dog-like hearing aptitude, he becomes a vigilante in Hells Kitchen, New York, taking down the bad guys without using any weapons, and most importantly, without taking their life. Obviously, playing lawyer and vigilante isn’t the easiest trade off in the world. His two identities cross paths, which is difficult considering nobody knows that they are the same person. Nobody.
Netflix Original Series, (2017-)
Frank Castle was a husband, a father, and a Marine. The government, specifically the power players of the CIA, used him for their own illegal agendas. Fearing Frank would come clean about what he was forced to do overseas, members of the government slaughtered his entire family. Alive but devastated, Frank sought his own revenge by hunting down anyone who he thought was involved in their murders. Now “dead” to the world, Frank is on the lam, being stalked by a stranger who eerily knows that he is still alive. To top things off, he is still seeking full justice for his family, especially after learning about an old friend’s involvement. While attempting to stay in hiding to avoid becoming a wanted man (again), he’s still a soldier fighting against his own country. Irony?