Jessica Jones

Captain Marvel

Getting swept up in a mass wave of superhero movie hype is extremely fun and everyone should do it. To that point, we at FSR have done just that — note the many “Is Marvel Doing This? Will Marvel Do That?” think pieces borne of last week’s Marvel Studios Phase Three party. But there’s an angle to this great Internet Hype Train that seems a tad off-message. Specifically that, with Black Panther and Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios has become a glimmering beacon of superhero diversity, now and forever. Obviously, Black Panther and Captain Marvel are paragons of the non-white, non-male superhero set, and Marvel deserves applause just as DC does for expanding its film slate to include actors and characters that offer a wider representation of the population that’s actually going to see these movies (and, in much smaller numbers, reading the comics). Except the general response has painted Black Panther as Captain Marvel as the first steps towards a broader, more inclusive Marvel Universe. Emphasis on “first.” Please peruse the headlines below, at your leisure.

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Marvel wastes absolutely no time. Yesterday, the company announced the perfect match of Drew Goddard and Daredevil, and a mere six hours later they had already moved on to the next couple – Melissa Rosenberg and Jessica Jones. Rosenberg (according to Deadline) will act as writer and executive producer for the second TV show released in Marvel’s gargantuan deal with Netflix, after Daredevil and before Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the superhero combo platter that is The Defenders. Yet neither Rosenberg nor Jessica Jones have the kind of name recognition that Goddard and Daredevil have. Let’s rectify that. Jessica Jones is a fairly recent addition to the Marvel canon, having first premiered in the 2001 comic book Alias. Like so many other superheroes, a freak accident and a few barrels of radioactive ooze left her with superpowers- enhanced strength and the ability to fly (somewhat; taking off is easy, landing not so much). After a brief stint with a silver bodysuit, pink hair, and the alter-ego “Jewel,” Jones retired from the superhero lifestyle. Now a bundle of nerves, self-doubt and post-traumatic stress, she works as a private detective, working vaguely superhero-related investigations and eventually marrying her Netflix comrade, Luke Cage.

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Marvel Please Stop

Marvel has a bit of a surprise for you. Not satisfied with storming onto ABC and bringing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and the upcoming Agent Carter) into households each week, the studio is now teaming up with Netflix for an unprecedented new deal to move to the small screen. Beginning in 2015, Marvel will develop four original shows focusing on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. After those wrap, the four series will lead to a cumulative miniseries event bringing together a re-imagined version of The Defenders. Though this may not directly be part of Marvel’s under-wraps plans for cranking out movies until 2021, it’s certainly a way to lay the foundation for their goal: to prove that they’re “more than the five characters and five franchises” featured in The Avengers. Here are four more notable Marvel characters, ready for duty on Netflix. Once that miniseries has concluded, how soon until the new movies begin filming?

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