Move over Batman and Superman, new superheroes are now here to take the centre stage. Calling these super heroes ‘new’ might offend comic nerds, as these characters have been appearing in their comic books since the late ’70s. It is us, the people who aren’t completely acquired by the Marvel and DC world, who get to know of their existence, when a movie or a TV series is made on them.
Here are eight such superheroes who are now the talk of the town as a separate series or a movie is getting their story on the large screens.
1. Iron Fist
Though Iron Fist made his first appearance in Marvel Premiere #15 (May 1974), the wielder of mysterious forces will now have a series just for him. Danny Rand aka The Iron Fist gets undefeatable power in his fist when he summons and focuses his ‘chi’. Finn Jones plays Iron Fist in the new Netflix series The Iron Fist which premiered yesterday. The Iron Fist will also make an appearance in much awaited Marvel’s Defenders.
2. Luke Cage
Known for being the first black superhero, Luke Cage, too, has his own series which was premiered in 2016 on Netflix. His superpowers include powers of superhuman strength and unbreakable skin. Cage has been added to the lineup of the new Avengers. Mike Colter plays Luke Cage in the series and in Jessica Jones too.
3. Jessica Jones
The mysterious Jessica Jones combats enemies with a force of a bull and keeps an eye on the criminals through her fine investigation skills. Jessica Jones made her debut in comics Alias in 2001, however Netflix decided to make a separate series with Krysten Ritter as the protagonist in 2015.
Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer who takes up complex cases during the day and becomes a crime-fighter at night. The character portrayed by Charlie Cox in Nextflix’s Daredevil does great justice to the role more than Ben Affleck who played Daredevil in 2003 feature-length film with the same name. Created by Stan Lee, the character first appeared in comics in 1964. The visually impaired superhero would be also seen in Defenders along with the above mentioned superheroes.
Comic nerds surely knew about Aquaman, but the noobs were introduced to this superhero when Khal Drogo of Game of Thrones was roped in to be Aquaman in DC’s upcoming 2018 film with the same name. The founding member of Justice League of America, Aquaman rules the oceans with his incredible strength and speed.
6. Squirrel Girl
As the name suggests, this superheroine is quick as a squirrel and her power comes handy while fighting with thugs and criminals. She made her first appearance in 1992. There are rumours that Anna Kendrick or Alyson Hannigan might be considered to play the role in the upcoming Marvel films.
7. Black Panther
Similar to Aquaman, Black Panther too got the internet talking when it was announced that Disney and Marvel would bring Black Panther to the screen in 2018. The black superhero is depicted as the king and protector of Wakanda, a fictional African nation. The film will star Chadwick Boseman as the protagonist as Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger.
The female Hulk is Dr Bruce Banner’s cousin who once received an emergency blood transfusion from him which resulted into her changing into She-Hulk. Just like her cousin, rage turns her into a green monster. However, she can trigger the transformation at her own will. Actress Aubrey Plaza is keen on taking up the role.
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