Our Defenders coverage continues this week with, well, The Defenders! The guys team up with special guest Eric from Vertiguys to talk about villain tropes, Marvel’s master plan, and why everyone needs to shut up and listen to Luke Cage.
This podcast contains adult language and spoilers for The Defenders, the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Daredevil: Born Again, Jessica Jones season 1, Luke Cage season 1, and The Empire Strikes Back.
0:20 – You can hear more of our guest (and me) on Vertiguys. We’re checking out the dark side of DC, etc., etc., etc., Sandman, Hellblazer, Preacher.
1:51 – If you want to know what PK said about Iron Fist last week, you can!
3:18 – Swarm is a Nazi bee-man. More specifically, he’s a Nazi scientist whose experiments on bees in South America were not well-received by the bees, who devoured him. The swarm retained his consciousness, however (and his skeleton), and flies around doing Nazi science or trying to create a world just for insects. By the way, he was created by Bill Mantlo and John Byrne for 1977’s Champions #14.
3:23 – This was a feature of perennial Blankcast favorite Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
7:52 – Angela Bassett was quite svelte in the role of Amanda Waller in the 2011 Green Lantern film.
12:07 – It turns out Bakuto is the only one of the show’s “five fingers of the Hand” to exist in the comics, and he’s a rather different character, a minor (and noticeably more violent and irreverent) Daredevil villain.
12:18 – Matsu’o Tsurayaba, who spices things up with an apostrophe even though he has a real-life Japanese given name, and who really does have excellent hair, is not a mutant. He’s just a martial arts expert occasionally reinforced with high-tech weaponry and cybernetic implants. By the way, don’t go looking for pictures of this guy if you have a weak stomach. He pissed off Wolverine, and Marvel went R-rated with the results.
A high-ranking Hand assassin, Matsu’o had his first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #255, and most of his successive appearances in X-Men or Wolverine issues. You probably already know that Fox retains the film and TV rights to the X-Men and related characters, barring their use in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future.
15:54 – We will endeavor to forswear the Star Wars Gangsta Rap, but in the meantime, you might give it a listen.
20:26 – Purple Man is not dead! After briefly forming his own Villains for Hire team, he started gathering up all his bastard children in an attempt to form a global mind-control dynasty, but instead they turned on him and forced him to step in front of a train. That didn’t kill him, though; it turns out he has a healing factor that lets him recover from things like that. He was last seen being thrown in jail by Daredevil.
24:10 – Princes of the Universe is always worth another look.
30:18 – This is the sketch PK was referring to.
36:23 – That was partially a reference to this Family Guy bit.
36:37 – If you haven’t read it yet, seek out Daredevil: Born Again immediately.
40:19 – To reiterate, the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven are seven cities located in remote corners of the Earth, each the home of a secret martial art and each guarded by one of the Immortal Weapons – K’un-Lun and its Iron Fist are just one of the seven.
41:22 – Shirtless Bear-Fighter is a 2017 five-part limited series from Image, written by Jody Leheup and Sebastian Girner with art by Nil Vendrell and Mike Spicer. If the title didn’t tell you all you needed to know, “betrayed by the bears that raised him” probably does.
44:47 – We’re talking about the Red Arremer, or a specific Red Arremer named Firebrand. He has a new English voice actor in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Ian James Corlett, although it appears he still doesn’t have actual dialogue. His voice in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, nothing more than a series of squawks, was provided by Japanese voice actor Shohei Yamaguchi.
45:49 – If you’re still curious, here’s a look at Finn Jones in his Knight of Flowers armor on Game of Thrones.
46:31 – PK’s quoting The Dark Knight Rises.
47:19 – Here PK’s talking about David Walker and Sanford Greene’s Power Man and Iron Fist volume 3.
48:13 – I feel like I’m recommending this every week now, but seriously, Titan Up the Defense is a lot of fun.
51:32 – Last week we singled out Lewis Tan for his impressive performance as drunken boxer Zhou Cheng.
1:00:17 – Iron Fist has been confirmed for a second season, with Sleepy Hollow’s Raven Metzner at the helm. Season one’s showrunner was Dexter executive producer Scott Buck.