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6 awesome series inspired by comic book heroes to binge on

2017-04-22 08:00
 
Iron Fist

Johannesburg - Internet TV brings you these 6 marvellous series featuring the toughest, suavest and wittiest heroes straight from the pages of your favourite comic books.
 
Marvel’s Agent Carter

Both seasons of this comic-book-slash-period-drama series launched on Showmax this week. Set in New York in the 40s, this treat of a show is about British secretary-turned-spy Peggy Carter, who goes undercover to find and destroy the criminal element that has been selling deadly weapons to America’s enemies in Season 1, and who moves to LA to keep the post-War nuclear threats at bay in Season 2. She doesn’t have any superpowers per se, unless you count the element of surprise (nobody expects a woman in a pencil skirt to unleash hell on their asses), lightning-quick wits, serious fight skills and nerves of steel.
 
Watch the trailer here: 

Available on Showmax.


Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD

This highly rated series about Agent Phil Coulson and his band of extraordinary top-secret agents investigating otherworldly threats as the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division is fast-paced and fun, and will please even those who’ve never seen or read The Avengers or Iron Man. Directed by Joss Whedon, the series delivers high-octane thrills, quick, clever dialogue and explosive special effects.
 
Watch the trailer here: 


Available on Showmax.
 
Arrow

Considered the forerunner of the current trend of adapting comic books for TV series, Arrow is thrilling and addictive. Based on the DC comic book hero Green Arrow, the hero of this series has no superpowers, but is every bit as dangerous as the criminals he hunts by night as his vigilante alter-ego. By day, he’s billionaire bachelor Oliver Queen, who disappeared for five years after his yacht got lost at sea. He’s back home in Starling City now, and convinces those around him that he’s the same happy-go-lucky guy he always was. But he’s got a bone to pick - and a few bones to break - with the villains who have turned his city into a wasteland.
 
Watch the trailer here:


Available on Showmax.
 
Marvel’s Iron Fist

Finn Jones (who you’ll remember as the knight Loras Tyrell from all six seasons of Game of Thrones) plays Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, heir to a billion-dollar business empire and presumed dead at the age of 10. After surviving the plane crash that killed his parents, Danny’s been living with warrior monks in the East, where he’s learned some pretty incredible martial arts moves, and now he’s back to reclaim his birthright. This series is one of the most controversial superhero TV adaptations - one of the criticisms is that Finn Jones looks like a hippie Justin Timberlake instead of a hardcore martial artist - and it’s worth watching for you to decide for yourself.
 
Watch the trailer here:

Available on Netflix.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is a failed-superhero-turned-PI. She’s not above using her superhuman strength when she needs to, and her penchant for booze and cheap thrills gets her from one day to the next. But then the villain who haunts Jessica’s past returns, with his nefarious powers of mind control and desire to reclaim her. This dark series is brilliantly acted by Krysten Ritter as Jessica and David Tennant as the villain Kilgrave, and you’ll love it even if you’re not a comic-book fan.
 
Watch the trailer here:


Available on Netflix.

Comix: Beyond the Comic Book Pages

This award-winning indie documentary features exclusive interviews with the brains behind the best comic-book franchises of all time, from the legends Stan Lee (Spiderman) and Frank Miller (Sin City) to Neal Adams (Green Arrow), and shows the great and creative lengths passionate comic-book fans will go to to embody their favourite superheroes. It’s a must-see for any aspiring collector, artist, writer and lifelong fan of the magic of comic books.
 
Watch the trailer here:

Available on Amazon Prime.

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