This year, the Red Christmas tree gets a new ornament.
The ax continues to fall on Marvel’s series at Netflix. Daredevil, which launched the Marvel universe on the streaming platform, has been canceled after three seasons. The move comes on the heels of Netflix canceling Iron Fist and Luke Cage last month – but Daredevil seems to have an afterlife elsewhere.
Stan Lee, the colorful Marvel Comics patriarch who helped usher in a new era of superhero storytelling — and saw his creations become a giant influence in the movie business — has died.
He was 95.
It is a truth universally acknowledged — when a company (or politician) wants to bury an embarrassing story, it’s released on Friday afternoon, after most people have tuned out for the weekend. The practice has become so widespread it even has a name: the Friday night news dump. Netflix must’ve really wanted to bury the news that it was canceling “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage” — two of the four original TV series commissioned from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2013 — because news of the former broke first last Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET, and the latter didn’t become widely known until this Friday night at 10 p.m. ET.
In the lead-up to the release of Venom, last week saw a strange rivalry spring up between Eddie Brock’s supporters and fans of a certain reductive lady/failed pop star, with the former accusing the latter of spreading negative reviews of the new Spidey spinoff in order to improve A Flop is Born’s chances at the box office. Despite this alleged smear campaign, the first entry into Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters (yes, that’s what the franchise is called) trounced Bradley Cooper’s payola-padded critical darling with a record-breaking opening weekend.