I want everyone to fight kung fu …
The ‘Kung Fu’ 70s martial arts series, starring David Carradine, intersected the action of martial arts movies with the themes and tone of a superhero show. The CW’s “Kung Fu” reboot isn’t due to premiere until early April, and the MCU’s first kung fu film, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” does not arrive until September. Until then, you can satisfy your appetite for flips and sidekicks with the Netflix Marvel series ‘Iron Fist’. Fair warning: Finn Jones’ Danny Rand, a rich white kid from Manhattan who became the chosen one to wear the mighty iron fist, is the least sympathetic of the Defenders – the casting of him instead of an Asian actor inspired many controversy – and the series doesn’t have the same finesse as other Netflix Marvel shows. Still, Jessica Henwick’s Colleen Wing and the machinations of evil ninja mafia, The Hand, should be enough to satiate a martial arts lover until “Shang-Chi” and “Kung Fu” arrive. Streaming on Netflix.
Already seen? Check out the beloved animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (Netflix, Amazon).
I need spy action drama …
“ Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD ”
Let’s say you’re more interested in the new James Bond movie than anything Marvel or DC is releasing. It’s just: there’s nothing wrong with preferring spiciness over powers, and one thing most superhero movies lack is good old human ingenuity. The SHIELD team is at the back of every MCU movie. But here the group, led by agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), get to be in the spotlight as the narrative becomes explicitly interwoven with developments in the MCU films.
Already seen? “Black Widow” will be the next big crossover in the superhero-spy genre when it releases. Until then, you can watch “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (Disney +) and the “Kingsman” movies. (Rent them on YouTube and Amazon.)
I miss classic blaxploitation films …
The original Luke Cage, who appeared in comics in the 1970s, wore shorts, a chain belt and shirt with wide lapels and a plunging neckline. He was a hero straight out of a blaxploitation movie. The Netflix version of the character, played by Mike Colter, updated him to someone less “straight on, funkadelic” but maintained his dedication to black culture, black history and black life at Harlem. Streaming on Netflix.
I can’t get enough buddy-buddy shows …
Satan does not always hang out in hell, contrary to popular belief. Sometimes he appears in comics, such as in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, where this suave take on the fallen angel first appeared. Lucifer had his own spinoff comic book and appeared in other corners of the comic book world before landing his own TV series. Tom Ellis is an evil charm embodied as the protagonist of “Lucifer,” who gets bored with all the fire and brimstone, as they do, and moves to Los Angeles, where he opens a posh club. In typical TV cop buddy fashion, he rubs shoulders with Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), who is both the straight (wo) man and the irresistible demon lover. Streaming on Netflix.