On March 26th, The Irregulars dropped on Netflix and quickly rose to the streaming site’s Top 10 trending content. Netflix is no stranger to teen led dramas as they have released shows like Outer Banks, and Stranger Things. This one follows a bit of the same formula, only this time we are venturing into the world of Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes has seen many variations on screen, his most recent being in another Netflix Original ‘Enola Holmes.’ Where the greatest detective is played by Henry Cavil (Man of Steel, The Witcher.) In fact, if you would like to learn more about all of Sherlock’s iterations on the big and little screen, click here.
Now, only six months after the last version of Holmes, we have gotten a brand new take on the iconic character. ‘The Irregulars’ is based on the “Baker Street Irregulars” a group of London street kids that Sherlock Holmes hired in three different Arthur Conan Doyle novels.
This show follows these London street kids, and adds a bit more to the lore around them. We watch as these kids are hired by Dr. Watson (Sherlock’s trusted friend and confidant) to try to solve supernatural mysteries. The show has a really fun group of actors playing the Irregulars.
Harrison Osterfield (far left) plays Leopold, a very intelligent young man who happens to be the prince of England. Beside him is Darci Shaw who plays Jessie. Jessie is our look into the supernatural, as she is gifted with abilities out of this world. To her immediate right is Thaddea Graham who plays our main character Beatrice. Bea is the strong leader of the group, and is almost like a mother to them all.
Beside her is McKell David who plays the man with the mouth, Spike. Spike is the comedy relief at times, using his smart mouth to help get them out of (and into) situations. On the far right is Jojo Macari who plays Billy. Billy is a hot head with a big heart, he’s always ready to throw hands, especially when his friends are in danger.
The show follows the group of teens for the most part, but it does not take long for Sherlock Holmes to show up and make a huge impact. Sherlock is played by Henry Lloyd-Hughes and gives us a version of Holmes that we have not seen a lot on screen. The Sherlock Holmes character is known to do drugs, especially cocaine, as Sherlock’s drug usage was first mentioned in four of the early stories published in 1890, and 1891 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
This show takes that and really runs with it. Making Sherlock Holmes a full on junkie who has spent the last twenty-five years as a drugged shell of himself. Unable to think and deduce as well as he used to, we watch how a man who was so great, let his ego and his intelligence destroy him. Lloyd-Hughes does an absolutely fantastic job bringing this character to life.
At one point we see a flashback to Holmes at his best, solving a mystery with the brilliance that we have come to know from the character. In this scene, we jump in as Holmes figures out the case with a charisma that makes you understand just how amazing he really is. This scene is my personal favorite depiction of Sherlock Holmes. The way he talks, the way he explains what just happened, the way he looks, it is exactly what you would want out of a Sherlock Holmes.
We only get to see this young, brilliant Sherlock Holmes a few times throughout the show but that doesn’t mean that the older burnout version isn’t just as fun to watch. We get to see a man who was once so promising, and so brilliant be reduced to nothing due to grief and we genuinely feel for him when he gets emotional.
This is very different from the Henry Cavill version we saw just six months ago. Cavill’s version was a high society, proper, kind man. Which while not a bad thing, is very different from the gritty and real version that we see in The Irregulars.
Likely the most famous version of the character on screen is Benedict Cumberbatch’s version of Holmes in the BBC show ‘Sherlock.’ Cumberbatch plays a very cold, sociopathic version of the character set in modern times. This version of the character is pretty accurate to the original works, and is a huge fan favorite. Plus, Cumberbatch’s version does give us a glimpse into the characters drug use.
That version is fantastic, but with it being set in modern times it still leaves the audience wanting a time accurate Sherlock story. The Irregulars gives them that, while not focusing on Sherlock, but on the teenage London street kids. Giving the audience a taste of the Sherlock Holmes from this world, without giving us too much.
The show is really fun to watch, and I hope that it gets green-lit for a second season. It starts off a bit slow, and the dialogue is a bit cheesy at first but the second the show kicks into second gear it’s impossible to look away. The first few episodes we are getting to know our group of friends, and watch them interact with supernatural monsters such as a man who can control birds with his mind.
Then we watch as they get more and more frustrated, angry, sad, and beaten up as they try to solve the mystery of why these supernatural things are happening in London. Add on a romantic love triangle, forbidden love, a long lost father, an abusive boss, and a southern gentleman who meets Jessie in her dreams. This show has it all, and I hope that we get to see more of The Irregulars in the foreseeable future.
On December 10th, Disney had their Investor Day event where they revealed some HUGE things to get everyone excited for what is to come. It’s super easy to get overwhelmed with everything that is being thrown around online, so here is a very simple (but long) list of everything Disney announced!
This list is broken up into two parts. Marvel Announcements and Disney Announcements.
wanda vision trailer
The new trailer that they released looks super dope, and has me personally very excited for this show. This is the first of many things that Disney talked about, that shows how much money and effort is being put into their new shows. This show looks like it has a Marvel Movie budget, and it has been confirmed that this show will directly connect with the events in Doctor Strange 2.
Disney and Marvel are focusing on making their MCU shows very important in the main film continuity. This is a smart move on Disney’s part, since their Disney+ streaming service has been lackluster so far.
DOCTOR STRANGE 2: MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
The hype has been unreal for the new Spider-Man 3 movie, with the idea of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield returning. However, that is a Sony property and was not touched on by Disney at this event.
What WAS touched on was Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. This movie will continue where Spider-Man 3 leaves off, and I imagine this film is going to dive deeper into the multiple Spider-Men and other comic book universes.
The film is being directed by Sam Raimi (Director of the original Spider-Man trilogy) and is said to have tons of awesome cameos from all sorts of Marvel characters. It was also revealed that Rachel McAdams will be returning for this film. McAdams played Christine Palmer, Strange’s love interest in the first film.
THe falcon and winter soldier trailer
A super dope trailer that shows us what to expect from this show. Nothing crazy to really look into, just be ready for a fun action packed show!
This show is going to be so awesome. If you aren’t super up to date on all of your MCU movies, this is going to be one that you might want to watch Avengers Endgame before. Just to understand how Loki ends up here.
The trailer gives us a look at what we can expect from the show. Loki is going to be working for Marvel’s resident time police, and I can’t wait to see all of the shenanigans that can come from the god of mischief traveling all through time.
We even see Loki as the infamous D.B Cooper, who if you have no idea who that is. Click here.
“what if…?” series
We get a first look at the new animated “What If…?” series. This will be taking an animated look at what if the MCU that we know was different. For example what if T’challa became Star Lord instead of Black Panther?
Looks like a ton of fun, and just another awesome addition to Disney+ in the near future!
Not only did we get to see a first look of the new Ms. Marvel show coming to Disney+ but we also found out that Ms. Marvel will be showing up in Captain Marvel 2. This is big news, because this is our first big example of the MCU shows directly interacting with the MCU films.
So if you plan on seeing Captain Marvel 2 in theatres, you will need to pay for that Disney+ subscription and watch all of Ms. Marvel!
hawkeye on disney+
Disney confirmed that their Hawkeye series on Disney+ will be live on the streaming service next fall. Set photos have been all over the internet lately so this came as no surprise.
People are really looking forward to seeing the actress Hailee Steinfeld play the character Kate Bishop in the new show. Set photos have been going viral of the actress suited up.
She Hulk is going to be having a lot of MCU film vets in the show. As they confirmed that Mark Ruffalo will be reprising his role as the Hulk. As well as letting us know that the character Abomination from the Incredible Hulk movie starring Edward Norton will be showing up as well!
Not many people were a fan of the Norton leading Hulk film, but everyone is super excited to see Abomination return to the MCU! They also told us what to expect from the show, saying that it will be a lot of “court room drama.” They then teased Marvel’s favorite lawyer Matt Murdock aka Daredevil making an appearance.
Secret Invasion is a popular comic book crossover event in Marvel comics. This show will be centered around Nick Fury and will be about the hunting down of the shape shifting villains The Skrulls.
In the comics, The Skrulls have replaced several Marvel heroes and we have to figure out who to trust. It should be a really fun show, and I am curious on who we may see make an appearance. Iron Man is a big deal in the comic version, but as he is dead in the MCU we will have to find some other big hero names to come to play.
iron heart series
Iron Heart is the next step in Marvels Young Avengers plan. This show will center around the teenage, female Iron Man named Riri Williams played by Dominique Thorne.
I imagine all of these young heroes are going to come together in the near future for a huge Avengers style team up film. Hopefully these shows are tremendous and gets everyone hyped for it!
armor wars series
Don Cheadle’s War Machine character will be getting his own Disney+ show. Fans are very excited to see this, as his character kind of fell from relevancy after the second Iron Man film.
This show will center around the fact that Stark Technology has spread to the bad guys, and it’s up to good ol’ War Machine to save the day!
guardians of the galaxy holiday special
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be filming next year, and while they are filming it they are also going to film a Disney+ Holiday special to be released around Christmas.
This is going to be a lot of fun and it’s the kind of thing that hopefully we will see more of in the future!
i am groot shorts
Along with the holiday special, Guardians fans can look forward to a series of I Am Groot shorts centered around the fan favorite Baby Groot character.
thor love and thunder
Although we were well aware of this movie, Disney did reveal one giant thing to us. Christian Bale will be joining the cast as Gore the God Butcher.
In the comics, this character blames the loss of his family on the God’s. So he hunts them down and kills them. I imagine we will see a lot of Thor’s friends and family die in this movie…
black panther 2
Marvel confirmed that they will be continuing with Black Panther 2, and they will NOT be recasting Chadwick Boseman’s character. We don’t know what that means, or who will take up the mantle of the Black Panther, but we know that his legacy will be honored.
fantastic 4 movie
This is the big news from the entire event. Marvel announced that they are going to be making a Fantastic Four film directed by Jon Watts (Director of the MCU Spider-Man films.)
The Fantastic Four are called ‘Marvel’s First Family” for a reason. Considered the top of the top of Marvel heroes, and yet they have not had an impressive track record for movies.
Fox had the rights to this team of Marvel Royalty, but when Disney bought Fox; it was time for the First Family to take their spot in the MCU. Fans are over the moon excited to see the most popular Marvel characters make their mark.
ant man 3 quantumania
Ant Man will be getting a third film! From the looks of the title it appears that Paul Rudd will be going into the Quantum Relm and shenanigans will ensue!
alien tv show – fx
For fans of the classic Alien films, get excited!! Or disappointed! We shall see in due time!
Disney will be making an Alien show for FX and it will supposedly be set on earth… so do with that information what you will!
ice age spin off
Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild will be coming to Disney+ and will be a spin off of the popular animated films.
The spin off will focus around the funny little possums and their leader Buck Wild. This is something that is going to be a lot of fun for the kids, and for fans of the Ice Age movies.
beauty and the beast prequel series
Disney announced that they are going to be making a prequel series for their live action Beauty and the Beast film. The show will center around Gaston and Lefou who are the antagonist of the classic story.
I’m not sure how interesting this series will be… but they have the creators of the show “Once Upon A Time” working on it, so I have faith that it will be good!
diary of a wimpy kid
This is something I think is really awesome. Disney is making a CGI animated Diary of a Wimpy Kid film for Disney+. As a huge fan of the book series growing up, I was disappointed by the live action films.
I think this CGI world that looks a ton like the illustrations in the books, will be a lot better version that can stay super true to the books. I see this being a big success, and we will probably get a film for every book!
chip and dale rescue rangers
This is going to be awesome. The team behind the Lonely Island are working on a Rescue Ranger show for Disney+. Not only is this show going to be hilarious, but the cast for Chip and Dale is tremendous.
John Mulaney and Andy Samberg (SNL Veterans) are going to be voicing the iconic characters for the show. If you don’t know anything about these two, I highly recommend you watching John Mulaney’s Netflix specials, and Andy Samberg has a collection of movies, as well as being the lead in the Brooklyn 99 show.
pinocchio live action film
Disney is working on their live action Pinocchio film! Starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto and a CG Pinocchio character that looks just like the original animation version of the character.
This is going to be a really good movie, and Disney announced that you will be able to watch right at home, on Disney+.
peter pan and wendy
We didn’t get much about the new live action Peter Pan & Wendy film. But we do know that it is starring Jude Law, and it will be available on Disney+.
Disney is really doubling down on their streaming service. These films would do tremendous only in theatres, but they are trying to get their subscribers numbers way way up.
A sequel to the Disney film ‘Enchanted’ is getting a sequel! Disenchanted will be having the star Amy Adams return for her role! The first film was really funny, let’s hope the sequel is just as good, if not better!
hocus pocus 2
Enchanted isn’t the only film getting a sequel. The beloved halloween classic Hocus Pocus will be getting a new movie very soon!
Fans are overjoyed about this, and I don’t blame them. This past halloween season, I was seeing a ton of people talking about the first film, and wishing there were more. Wish granted!
Oh man! Disney and Pixar are making a Buzz Lightyear movie. But let’s be very clear, this is not Buzz Lightyear the toy, that we saw in all of the Toy Story films. This is about Buzz Lightyear the character in which the toy was created.
I know this is a bit complicated, but this movie is going to be an action movie starring Buzz Lightyear. This is the movie that created a whole line of action figures, and one of those action figures ended in Andy’s room sparking Toy Story. So there will be no Woody guys.
Chris Evans will be voicing Buzz Lightyear in this movie, and before you get upset saying “But Tim Allen!” just remember, this is not the toy that we see in Toy Story, this the character that the toy is based on.
When I was a kid, there was a show called Buzz Lightyear and Star Command. This show was very similar, as it was showing us the adventures of Buzz Lightyear the character, not the toy.
The show was absolutely awesome, so I am very excited to see this new movie. I hope it starts it’s own animated universe where we can dive deep into the world of Buzz Lightyear!
So are you excited for everything that Disney is releasing over the next few years? I know I am! Be sure to follow us on instagram to keep up with news as it comes out, and other fun movie and show related fun!
The internet is such a toxic place. You can post about how much you loved a new movie, and immediately you have a hundred replies telling you that the movie sucked. Everyone online thinks they are a professional movie critic and love to ruin movies for people before they even get a chance to see them.
That is a big reason that I started Exciting Incident. I was tired of seeing all of the negativity when it comes to film and television. How is a site like Rotten Tomatoes or your cousin Chad on Facebook supposed to tell you how YOU feel.
A good movie, is any movie that makes you feel something. It’s an art, and art is subjective. So who is to tell you that your favorite movie is bad? Here is a list of movies that the internet has told me is “terrible” but I liked them anyway. (In no particular order.)
The lone ranger (2013)
When The Lone Ranger came out in 2013, no one was more excited to see the movie than me. I was in the theatre opening night, sitting on the edge of my seat. I loved every second of it, from the beautiful cinematography, the performances of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, and the awesome train chase scene!
When the movie was over, I was ready for a whole franchise of Lone Ranger movies! But alas, the internet claimed it as one of the worst movies of that year. With it getting a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes and several Razzie Award nominations, any hope for a sequel was dead in the water.
I still really enjoy this movie and can’t wait to watch it when it comes to Disney+ on April 30th 2021.
power rangers (2017)
This one makes me angry. When the movie came out in 2017, all I ever heard was about how terrible it was. I heard that so often that I didn’t go and see it, and I didn’t ever plan to. Until a few years later, I decided to stream it and I absolutely loved it.
The movie was super fun, action packed, and I thought the actors did a really good job of bringing the classic childhood characters to the big screen. People are never going to be happy when a franchise is getting remade or brought to a feature film, but I thought this would be different.
Power Rangers gets rebooted all the time, with a new cheesy Power Rangers show every year on Nickelodeon. The show has always been cheesy and for kids, so what is so bad about this fun, new version?
I was very disappointed to find out that any planned sequels were scrapped after a 49% Rotten Tomatoes score. They are planning on a brand new Power Rangers movie soon, but sadly without this cast.
GI JOe – the rise of cobra (2009)
Oh man. I remember watching this movie in theatres with my dad when it first came out. I was so invested and in love with this movie that I was actually yelling during it. I had totally forgetten that I was in a theatre and I truly thought I was apart of it.
I’m a huge GI-Joe fan, from the comics to the cartoon series and all. So when this movie came out, I was not disappointed. I was in the minority however, as it received a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes.
They actually made a sequel to this one, but it had pretty much none of the actors from the first one and was just a “Dwayne Johnson beats people up for 2 hours” movie. I was pretty devistated because I loved the first one so much.
They have a new Snake Eyes movie set to release next year that is planned to kick start a new GI Joe franchise, hopefully it will be successful.
Batman v superman (extended cut)
So let me preface this by saying the EXTENDED CUT. Not the theatrical version that cut out 30 minutes of really important stuff. If you haven’t seen the extended cut, it’s available on HBO Max and it is definitely worth it if you are a DC fan.
The extended cut fixes a lot of the problems that were very prominent in the theatrical release, and it is honestly a really great movie. The Batman and Superman characters are played super well, and aside from the awkward “My mom’s name is Martha too” moment, it is really awesome.
Zack Snyder’s cinematography, story, and character development is top notch no matter what the internet trolls say. As an avid fan of Batman comics, this depiction of Batman hasn’t been seen on the big screen, and I am very excited to see the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League so that I can see his version of these characters again.
the cat in the hat (2003)
I have nothing to say here other than the fact that this movie is an acid trip that everyone needs to see. Sure, it’s not the best movie in the world… but I dare you to find a funnier line that this one.
The movie stars Mike Myers and he gets away with a ton more adult humor than you would expect in a goofy children’s movie. I grew up watching this on DVD with my sister, and we still watch it all the time.
The fact that this movie got a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes is a travesty. How can you not like THIS?!
spider man 3 (2007)
This movie gets so much hate from the internet and I have had enough. Sure there was that one cringy dance scene…
But other than that, it was a pretty solid ending to the trilogy! Sam Raimi, the director of the trilogy, has gone on record saying that studio interference changed this movie from being what he wanted it to be. But that doesn’t make it a bad movie by any means.
The Sandman character has an amazing story arc throughout, and James Franco showing up at the end to help his former best friend brings a tear to my eye. The inclusion of Venom felt a little forced, and Topher Grace’s portrayal of Venom isn’t very comic accurate. But it still has it’s charms.
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Johnny Depp posted on instagram this morning that Warner Bros has asked him to resign from the new Fantastic Beasts movie. Depp was set to play Gellert Grindelwald and had even began filming this month in Australia.
This resignation comes just a few days after the ruling of his libel trial against the UK publication ‘The Sun.’ The Sun had called Depp a “wife-beater” in one of their articles, and Depp sued them for it. However, after a summer long trial the results were not in Depp’s favor. The trial was held in the UK and the judge found The Sun not guilty of libel.
Personally, I read every transcript of the court case over the summer. Sitting on the edge of my seat as I watched the truth come out in front of the entire world. It was very apparent through all of the evidence provided that not only was Johnny Depp innocent, but he was the actual victim of abuse.
From pictures of Johnny Depp’s beaten face, to audio recordings of his ex-wife Amber Heard admitting that she abused him; the entire world realized how wrong they had been about Depp. Amber Heard had falsely accused him of abuse, and everyone believed it.
I can only imagine how hard it was for Depp to be abused (both physically and mentally) over a very long time, and then have everyone turn their backs on him. He lost his role of Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, along with a lot of other work.
One bright light in the darkness however, was that Warner Bros and JK Rowling defended him through it all and kept him in their Fantastic Beasts franchise. Even though everyone persecuted all of them for keeping him in the films.
So why is he getting fired now? All that the court case ruled, was that ‘The Sun’ didn’t commit libel. It does not mean that Johnny Depp is guilty of domestic abuse, all that it means is The Sun is no longer being sued by Johnny Depp.
So why would Warner Bros ask him to resign? After defending him the entire time, why stop now? Perhaps they just want to cut ties with anyone involved in that kind of thing all together. However, Amber Heard is still set in the Warner Bros. ‘Aquaman 2’ movie. Why does she get to keep her job after all of this evidence against her?
What about Ezra Miller, who plays along side Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts films? He was filmed earlier this year choking a female fan outside of a bar. Warner Bros. didn’t ask him to resign from the films.
Johnny Depp had his finger sliced off due to Heard, had a cigarette put out on his face by Heard, along with so many other terrifying incidents. It is absolutely ridiculous for him to be treated like the bad guy when he is 100% the victim in this situation.
Ah yes, the daytime detective show. A true staple of American television. With shows like Monk, The Mentalist, Numbers, Criminal Minds, Dexter, and so many more; the TV detective genre was alive and well during the early 2000’s.
Not too far from the police procedural genre that consists of shows like NCIS, CSI, and JAG. The detective shows have seen tons of different versions over the years. Getting more and more creative in order to be unique.
Out of this creative boom, we got the masterpiece that is ‘Psych’. It’s your classic, detective and partner team up to solve a crime every week show, but with such a unique twist. In this show, we don’t follow an actual detective, we follow Shawn Spencer. Shawn is a fun loving, irresponsible, regular guy, who just so happens to have ‘Heightened Observational Skills.’
Shawn is basically Sherlock Holmes, without all of the pretentious intelligence and British accent. After he gets into a predicament with the local Santa Barbara Police Department, he manages to use his skill set to convince them that he is a “Psychic.”
After convincing them, the interim Chief asks for Shawn’s help solving a high profile, missing persons case. Shawn recruits his best friend Burton “Gus” Guster, and shenanigans ensue. By the end of the pilot episode, Shawn and Gus have started a private detective agency. Every episode for the next eight seasons follow them solving cases.
This show is like nothing the genre has seen before. The show is absolutely hysterical, making it one of the most consistent comedy shows on television. The writing is always top notch giving us amazing mysteries every week, and creative episodes that make every season packed with fun.
The show is also notorious for doing episodes that pay homage to classic film and television shows. For example the “Twin Peaks” episode that features tons of the original cast of the original 90’s show. They have a Friday the 13th episode (with a serial killer in a mask and all.)
A ‘Hangover’ episode, ‘Blair Witch Project’ episode, ‘Exorcist’ episode, ‘The Shining’ episode, ‘Jaws’ episode, and tons of Alfred Hitchcock homages.
The show is a love story to good storytelling. It builds an entire world with tons of characters (both main cast and reoccurring guests) that you fall in love with every time they are on screen. The show also gives us long arcing storylines with romances, serial killers that keep getting away, and a father son relationship that builds so slowly and carefully that it’s like you are watching it in real time.
The inside jokes that this show makes are legendary, and you can tell the real life friendship of James Roday and Dule Hill as their characters Shawn and Gus very clearly through their chemistry.
The show doesn’t stop at just syndicated television either, with a musical and two TV movies. The world that show creator Steve Franks has built is truly remarkable, and it is highlighted by an amazing cast that all love the show as much as fans do.
Steve Franks has claimed that he isn’t done after two movies, he and the cast would love to keep making the movies over the years. That is something that I am really looking forward to personally.
It’s not often that a show continues to put out content for it’s fan base so long after it’s ending. But with a cult following, and a real life friendship of everyone on the cast, this show will keep going in some shape or form for a very long time.
If you haven’t already seen the show, I highly recommend watching it! At the time of this writing all eight seasons are available on Peacock (NBC’s new streaming service that is FREE.) Go and give it a watch if you are looking for your next show to binge!
Moon Knight is the latest hero to join the MCU, through an upcoming Disney+ show starring the long time Marvel character. I’m a huge fan of Moon Knight, and I have always been drawn to the dark tone of the comic series. It could be serious and grounded without it reaching a level of intensity and gore like a modern Punisher comic. For those who haven’t heard of Moon Knight, here’s a bit of history of one of the most underrated Marvel heroes.
First appearing in ‘Werewolf by Night’ Issue number 32, Moon Knight made his debut as a villain. Hired by a villainous group called ‘The Committee’, Moon Knight was to capture “The Werewolf” for the organization. Moon Knight hunts down The Werewolf and manages to injure him with his signature crescent darts. Towards the end of issue, Moon Knight realizes what The Committee really stands for and helps The Werewolf break free. Moon Knight later had his origin redefined in his own ongoing series.
Doug Moench was a comic writer who was approached by many different colleagues to take a shot at writing the character in a more heroic way. Doug eventually saw the potential that his colleagues did, and wrote a new origin for the character.
The new origin story goes as follows: Marc Spector, a mercenary for hire, soldier of fortune- died in an Egyptian tomb where he was “supposedly” revived by Khonsu (The Egyptian God of the Moon). Marc went on to fight his former mercenary boss and returned to America to fight crime as the Fist of Khonsu. Marc took on multiple roles to help him get information on the street that helped in his quest to fight crime.
Moench wanted a more realistic superhero that would make sense in the real world. He figured the hero would need multiple guises to get information from the thugs on the street AND the upper class, hence Moon Knight’s ‘Steven Grant’ and ‘Jake Lockley’ personalities. Along with his guises he also need a supporting cast of characters to help in his mission to fight crime.
Crawley, a sophisticated homeless man who is always able to get info from the street level thugs. Genaand her kids, a woman who owned a diner that he visits frequently. Marlene, the girlfriend of Moon Knight’s Steven Grant personality (side note: she loved all of his personalities but Steven was her favorite). And finally, Frenchie, the former mercenary partner to Marc Spector, friend, and a pilot for Moon Knight.
One of my favorite Moon Knight issues addresses how complex the character really is. In the issue, he fights a villain named Stained Glass Scarlet. Scarlet was a nun, an actress, and a villain (sort of). Scarlet uses a crossbow to murder the mob bosses that had gotten her son addicted to drugs. Scarlet managed to take them out one by one until only one remained.
She was at a stand off with the final boss, with her crossbow aimed at him, and his gun aimed at her. Moon Knight bursts through the door with only one crescent dart in hand. Moon Knight hesitates on which to go for but ultimately chooses the gun. Scarlet shoots the mob boss with her bow and the deed is done.
The man is dead and Moon Knight failed to stop it. He chases Scarlet to a train track but she gets away. After it was all over, he asks his friend Frenchie if a loser can ever truly be a winner. The final word box of that issue is that he will never know. To me, that is fantastic writing and it kept me hooked on every page.
At the top of my favorite Moon Knight stories list, is an issue called, “Hit it!” A man runs through the streets of New York punching and beating anyone in his way. Moon Knight sees the trail of beaten and bloody men and follows it finding the culprit.
We find out that the reason the man was lashing out was due to the fact that he had just lost his dad. His father was abusive and beat him as a child, and now that his father was dead, he had no way of dealing with it. So instead of being able to give his father the beat down he felt he deserved, he took it out on everyone else.
When Moon Knight hears this, he chooses not to beat on him. The man unable to process his emotions, punches Moon Knight in the back of the head. The man screams at Moon Knight to hit him back, begging for a fight. Moon Knight falls for the bait and throws punch after punch until the man goes down. After leaving the scene, Moon Knight punches a wall, furious with himself. The final word box of that issue is “And so. The drum beats blood red, forever.”
For more on Moon Knight comics I recommend reading the entire run by Doug Moench and even the ‘Werewolf by Night’ issues where Moon Knight debuted. Doug Moench really brought this character to life and made every story an absolute knockout. Other Moon Knight writers over the years consist of Charlie Huston, who took the character into a very dark place. Going as making Moon Knight cut off the face of his enemy, Bushman. In Doug Moench’s original run, Moon Knight went out of his way NOT to kill. But Huston’s version completely disregards that.
Post Huston, Gregg Hurwittz took on the character in a redemption arc called, “Vengeance of the Moon Knight.” The story of Moon Knight coming back to New York after hiding from S.H.I.E.L.D, the Thunderbolts and other people that were after him. Moon Knight has visions of Khonsu begging him to kill again and Moon Knight refuses. Along with no longer killing, another change this run made was that “Jake Lockley” was the only other personality that Moon Knight had.
Around 2015, writers Warren Ellis and Jeff Lemire started their take on the character. Ellis had some really good stories but his version of Moon Knight was very violent, even after the Vengeance of the Moon Knight arc. That arc was written to make Moon Knight go back to his heroic roots. And Ellis keeps that in mind, making sure that Moon Knight doesn’t kill. But he absolutely brutalizes people. Moon Knight even hit a random thug with his moon shaped jet. It doesn’t say if he lived or died but it’s safe to assume it was the latter.
Lemire took Moon Knight into a strange direction. Making Moon Knight fight zombies while wearing bone armor and fighting sleep paralysis demons (that’s not much of an exaggeration). This run is wildly loved by marvel fans, although I still prefer the original run more.
Another change Ellis made was that he created a new personality for Moon Knight. Creating Mr. Knight. It’s just Moon Knight in a white tuxedo and a mask. The idea is a lot of fun, but it has overstayed its welcome. It was only meant for that one-story arc, but still is seen constantly and can overshadow the original costume at times. It’s like if Spider-Man only wore his black suit and never the classic red and blue one.
Moon Knight has a very long and complex history in Marvel Comics, and the upcoming Disney+ show is a great opportunity for a more mainstream audience to discover an absolutely fantastic character. However, I have my reserves.
The MCU has a lot of power over the comics and I fear if the show screws up Moon Knight, it will skew how writers write him after the shows release. For example, Iron Man was fairly unpopular prior to the movies. When the character blew up in popularity due to Robert Downey Jr’s awesome performance, it in turn caused Marvel to now write Iron Man to be more like RDJ.
As a huge Moon Knight fan, I’m hopeful for a great show on Disney+. However, I’m okay if the show isn’t good, as long as it doesn’t affect the comics.
Scooby Doo is one of the most iconic cartoon characters of all time. His goofy smile and blue collar is instantly recognizable by pretty much everyone, young or old! Scooby Doo has always been a personal favorite of mine, so today we are going to break down a quick history of this iconic dog detective and his pals!
Saturday morning cartoons were a huge staple in the 60’s and kids and adults alike loved watching all of the wacky characters get into trouble! However, towards the end of the decade, cartoons gained a ton of backlash from parent run organizations against all of the violence that took part in cartoons.
Most of these cartoons that were getting so much hate, were Hanna-Barbera cartoons, and they all got cancelled due to it. This caused Hanna-Barbera to start developing cartoons that were safe for children.
Writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears pitched a show called “Mysteries Five” a show featuring five teenagers (Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, and W.W) they also had a pet dog who played the bongos named “Too Much.”
The Mysteries Five were not only a group of teenage friends, but they were also a band! And when they weren’t busy playing gigs, they were solving mysteries! The writers and artist Iwao Takamoto continued to work on the concept, making some big changes.
They got rid of the Mike character, changed Geoff’s name to “Ronnie” and then eventually “Fred.” Kelly became Daphne, Linda became Velma, and W.W became Shaggy! They worked on the title, and ended up naming it “Who’s S-S-Scared?”
The studio decided that it was too scary and passed on the show. The writers kept working on it, deciding to make it more of a comedic tone and dropped the rock band element to focus more on Shaggy and his dog Too Much.
This version is almost the show we know and love today, but it wasn’t until hearing Frank Sinatra scatting “Doo Be Doo Be Doo” that Too Much became Scooby Doo, and the show was renamed “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?” The new version of the show was pitched to CBS, and was picked up!
Scooby Doo, Where Are You? ran from 1969 until 1976 with a total of twenty-five episodes and two seasons. The show was such a success that it inspired tons of other cartoons that follow teenagers solving mysteries. Shows like “Josie and the Pussycats”, and “The Funky Phantom.”
During the shows initial run, it also produced “The New Scooby Doo Movies” which were hour-long episodes featuring guest stars like the Harlem Globetrotters, Batman and Robin, and The Addams Family. The New Scooby Doo Movies ran from 1972-1973 and released twenty-four episodes.
After The New Scooby Doo Movies finished it’s run, and reruns played of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? until 1976. CBS decided not to renew their option with the show, leading ABC to make a deal with Hanna-Barbera to bring a new Scooby Doo show onto their network.
Their ABC era lasted from 1976 until 1991 and went through tons of changes over the years. Starting with new Scooby Doo episodes along with a new show called Dyno-Mutt creating the “Scooby-Doo/Dyno-Mutt Hour.”
The hour program featured an episode of Dyno-Mutt, a rerun from Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, and then a new Scooby Doo episode that was made fresh by introducing Scooby-Dum as a reoccurring character. Scooby-Dum is Scooby-Doo’s dumb country cousin who would show up and be frustratingly stupid.
After awhile the Scooby-Doo/Dyno-Mutt Hour turned into “Scooby Doo’s All-Star Laugh-A-Lympics” which was a two hour slot that included reruns and new episodes of Scooby-Doo, Captain Caveman, and Laff-A-Lympics.
Laff-A-Lympics was a Hanna-Barbera parody of the olympics, which included 45 of their characters competing. Scooby Doo was apart of the Scooby Doobies team which also featured Shaggy and Scooby-Dum.
All of the original Scooby Doo episodes that were created and aired during the ABC run were compiled into a forty episode syndicated show called “The Scooby Doo Show.”
After ratings started to slip for Scooby and the gang, the network threw in a new character to add some excitement to the show. Just like that, Scooby’s nephew Scrappy made his debut. The idea actually worked as the ratings started making their way back up. Causing the studio to rename the show “Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo.”
Scooby Doo and Scrappy (along with Shaggy) found themselves solving actual supernatural mysteries as opposed to just men in masks for the next few iterations of Scooby Doo. The Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo Shorts, and The New Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show.
After these two versions, which were a lot shorter than what we were used to from Scooby, the show returned to a thirty minute format with the show The Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby Doo. This version of the show also brought back a familiar character, Daphne. As well as introducing new characters Flim-Flam and Vincent Van Ghoul. They traveled around the globe trying to capture the thirteen most dangerous ghosts in the world.
After Thirteen Ghost’s aired it’s final episode, it would be two whole years before we saw Scooby again.
In 1988, Hanna-Barbera revamped Scooby and the gang as elementary schoolers (a common television trend at the time), With the show ‘A Pup Named Scooby Doo’. This show was a big hit, going on to air for four seasons. The show added a lot to Scooby lore, as it’s where the town Coolsville got it’s start, as well as being where we found out Scooby’s real name is Scoobert.
For the rest of the eighties and most of the nineties, Scooby Doo reruns were all that you were going to get when it came to Scooby Doo content. It wasn’t until 1998 that Warner Bros, who had acquired Hanna-Barbera, began to release direct to video Scooby Doo movies every year.
These four direct to video movies, are some of the most popular versions of Scooby Doo of all time.
scooby doo on zombie island (1998)
scooby doo and the witches ghost (1999)
scooby doo and the alien invaders (2000)
scooby doo and the cyber chase (2001)
These version of Scooby and the gang were a bit older than the original incarnation, and also featured actual ghosts, and other supernatural elements, as opposed to just men in masks. These were only the first four out of tons of direct to video Scooby Doo movies that are still coming out to this day.
The most recent (as of this article) being Scooby Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon. But these movies aren’t the only Scooby Doo content that has been going on in the past few years.
In 2002 and 2004, two live action Scooby Doo movies were released theatrically. These movies are loved by an entire generation of Scooby Doo fans that were growing up in the early 2000’s. The first film was actually a huge financial success and the second one didn’t do too bad either.
On the television side of things, 2002 was the year that ‘What’s New Scooby Doo’ started airing on the Kid’s WB network. This version of the show was very similar to the original, however it was set in the 21st century. Most of the original voice cast came back to reprise their roles for this series.
After three seasons of What’s New Scooby Doo, which were very successful, a new Scooby Doo show aired titled “Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get A Clue.” This show was very different from what we had seen before, changing up the art style and even the format of the mysteries.
This series went back to just featuring Shaggy and Scooby, although this time Fred, Daphne, and Velma would make appearances from time to time. The show lasted for two seasons, and has become one of the more forgotten versions of Scooby Doo television.
It was time for a new version of Scooby Doo and the gang to hit the small screen, and in 2010 on Cartoon Network, it came back in a big way. ‘Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated’ was a complete reboot of the classic franchise.
The show reintroduced the classic characters, villains, relationships, and stories while expanding the world of Scooby and giving us tons of new characters and lore. One of the most fun things about the show, is how it used the long and intense history of Scooby Doo to build a proper Scooby Doo universe.
The show also introduced a long arcing story format. Each episode acting as a chapter in one huge mystery. The show was a huge fan favorite, and my personal favorite adaptation of Scooby Doo. It ran for fifty-two episodes over the course of two seasons.
After the huge success of Mystery Incorporated, a new Scooby Doo series was released. Be Cool Scooby Doo hit Cartoon Network in 2014. The show saw our favorite crime solving best friends, kicking it back the summer after graduation. And of course, monsters and mayhem get in the way.
The most recent Scooby Doo series is called ‘Scooby Doo and Guess Who?’ and features tons of guest stars, much like in ‘The New Scooby Doo Movies’ show from the seventies. The show is currently airing on the Boomerang Streaming Service App, and features guests such as Bill Nye, Wonder Woman, and Sherlock Holmes.
Scooby Doo, along with Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy have had a very long history in pop culture. Everyone grew up with some version of these characters, whether it be the original series, the direct to video movies, or What’s New Scooby Doo. Everyone has loved this iconic franchise, and they continue to bring joy to children every day.
The latest Scooby Doo feature film ‘Scoob!’ came out in 2020 and made over twenty million in the box office. Not too bad for an animated feature film! I grew up absolutely in love with all of these Scooby movies and series, and I continue to watch and love all of the Scooby content that comes my way.
What do you think about Scooby’s history? We covered all of his different television series but Scooby also has tons of movies that we didn’t get to mention. “Every Scooby Doo Movie” ever sounds like a great article… Would you like to see that? Let us know!
Static Shock was an animated series that aired from 2000-2004 based on the superhero comic book of the same name. It originally aired on The WB but in 2009 it started airing reruns on the new channel Disney XD.
That is where I fell in love with the show. I remember being about ten years old and seeing all of the commercials for the brand new Disney XD, and the first show that I saw on the channel was Static Shock. After I watched that first episode I was absolutely obsessed with this new superhero that I had never heard of.
The show is about Virgil Hawkins, a young African American teenager who is being raised by his father (a police officer) and his older sister. Virgil is a smart kid who stays out of trouble, until one day he gets beat up by Francis Stone, a gang leader with fire like hair and way too many muscles.
In order to be protected against anymore beat downs by Francis and his gang, Virgil is forced to join a rival gang. After joining the gang, Virgil finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time and is involved in a giant gang fight at a chemical plant.
The police arrive to the gang war and accidentally cause an explosion with the chemicals. The chemicals spread across the area, infecting all of the people in the vicinity with super powers.
This event is later known as “The Big Bang” and it gave Virgil the ability to create, control, and manipulate electricity. After telling his best friend Richie about his new powers, they work together to help turn Virgil into Static Shock, a super hero who fights off other mutants effected the night of The Big Bang.
This character and show is so important, being one of the first mainstream animated series that starred an African American superhero. Giving tons of kids someone to look up to and love watching.
Michael B Jordan announcing that he is producing a Static Shock film is super exciting for fans of the comic books, animated series, and DC. Producing a mainstream super hero film starring an African American hero hasn’t been done since Marvel’s Black Panther. (2018)
After the death of Chadwick Boseman this year, the Static Shock film is something that is needed in the genre. Everyone deserves to have a hero to look up to, and Static Shock is the perfect hero to step up and do that.
A ton of people online are calling for Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas from Stranger Things) to play the role of Virgil/Static Shock in the film. Which I think would be an awesome choice. Jaden Smith has also been tied to the role in the past, and could possibly show interest in the role again.
No matter who plays the role, the idea of seeing this super fun story come to life on the big screen is something I can’t wait to see. In the comics, Static has become something of a fan favorite, even seeing him cross over with huge heroes like Batman, and the Teen Titans.
He is written as a DC version of Spider-Man, with his quick witted jokes and fun teenage shenanigans. The character has one of my favorite origin stories of any hero, and I can’t wait to see what they can do with a big budget.
Are you excited for a Static Shock movie? Do you think he will be introduced into the DCEU or have his own separate universe? Who do you want to see in the role of Static? Tell us about it!
With the highly anticipated ‘The Batman’ movie resuming filming we have been spoiled with tons of set pictures that fans are taking. Everything from pictures of Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, to videos of Batman perched on top of a building. If you want to keep up with these set photos you can follow us on instagram here, where we try to post all of the set photos that we can.
The latest batch of set photos included tons of posters which gave us some major easter eggs regarding other DC heroes and villains. Not to mention the pictures of two extras dressed as Superman and Wonder Woman, for a halloween party scene in the movie. (pictured above)
The picture has broken the internet, because it confirms that Superman and Wonder Woman both exist in Matt Reeves’ DC Universe. Something that was continuted to be proven after this set picture of a newspaper clipping made its way around twitter.
“One such voter who was elated with the result commented to us – We need to get harder on crime. The bus was like a hive of innocent little faces looking up to the skies, fingers pointed everywhere looking for you know who. Then the bus would stop and we’d all bounce out and then would come the eyes. We weren’t from Metropolis, we were from Gotham.”
The clipping goes on, but it becomes more and more difficult to read. From what we can easily read however, is someone talking about Superman saving a bus full of people. This is a super fun easter egg, and it really shows how much detail Matt Reeves is putting into this movie.
Another popular DC hero has an easter egg of his own after this set picture showed a poster with a lightning bolt on it. Very similar to the one that The Flash wears on his chest.
That is not the only easter egg to be found in this picture, if you notice the poster talking about “GothCorp” which is where famous Batman villain Dr. Victor Fries worked before he became Mr. Freeze.
Could Mr. Freeze make an appearance in this version of Batman? The last time we saw Freeze on the big screen was when he was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman and Robin.(1997)
The posters don’t end there, giving us hints at other giant villains that could potentially show up. A poster for Ace Chemicals was photographed on the set, the famous chemical plant that created The Joker himself.
There has been a lot of debate in the Batman community, on if Joker should even show up or not. Some fans make the argument that we have seen four different versions of the clown prince since 2008, and the character has become over saturated.
Others argue that you can’t have Batman without The Joker. This easter egg could very well hint at the Reeves’ version of Joker and how he could be involved.
Tons of the set photos are talking about toxin, or “drops” all of it pointing at some sort of drug that is sweeping Gotham. This poster in partiular talks about “fear.” Any Batman fan knows that if fear and toxin is involved, The Scarecrow is not far away.
A villain that was seen in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy starring Christian Bale as Batman. This isn’t the only easter egg we have pointing towards a villain that showed up in that trilogy.
A poster that says “The Demon’s Quest” was seen on set, which is the title of a famous Batman The Animated Series episode that introduced R’as Al Ghoul. R’as Al Ghoul was intended by the comic book writers to be the Moriarty to Batman’s Sherlock Holmes.
In current pop culture, everyone see’s The Joker to be Batman’s greatest rival, but that was not always the case. Getting to see a version of R’as in Reeves’ The Batman Universe is something that I would love to see.
Having all of these easter eggs in the movie, is wonderful world building. It is helping to flesh out the entire universe that we are about to walk into. Thanks to these posters and pictures, we are learning that this young Batman has a ton on his plate.
We can start to understand how overwhelming it must be for Bruce Wayne to be taking on the Batman mantle and start chipping away at all of these different super villains. Instead of dealing with one villain at a time and pretending the others don’t exist, he is having to deal with all of this realistically.
I think this is all super awesome, and even if we never get to see any of these villains or heroes actually in the films, just the idea that all of them are out there really helps sell the world. Plus the idea that any one of them could show up at any moment has got be extremely excited.
Twitter can be full of hate, politics, comedy, news, family, friends, but more importantly… Fish Tanks. As a lover of films and television, my twitter feed is filled with tons of fun accounts dedicated to that subject. Nicknamed, Film Twitter.
One of the most bizarre, and intriguing accounts on Film Twitter is, Is There A Fish Tank In That Film? An account that posts a different film that has a fish tank in it, every single day. Some times several times a day. Surely they have ran out of movies with fish tanks… right?
Wrong. It seems that fish tanks are more common in movies than you would have thought. In only three months, ITAFTITF has highlighted over 200 different films that have a fish tank somewhere in it.
Not only do they tell you what the film is, but they also include a picture of the fish tank in the film. Ever since I started following the account, I have started noticing all of the fish tanks that they have shown me in classic movies. Such as the one in E.T. (pictured above)
A relatively small account, having only being created in July of 2020, Is There A Fish Tank In That Film should definitely be your next twitter follow. Every day I get excited to see what fish tank is going to be next.
Not only is this a great account to find all of the fish tanks of film, but it also makes a great place to find film recommendations for a night in. Make sure you go and give them a follow by clicking here.
What do you think about ITAFTITF? Did you realize how many fish tanks there really were? What is your personal favorite account on Film Twitter? Tell us about it!