Daredevil Season 1, The Suicide Squad, and The Falcon And The Winter Soldier (is one long boring title)

Took a full day off today. Still nursing a mild headache, probably from getting slightly more sleep than the usual, and took paracetamol for wrist joint pain that awoke me last night. It’s probably gout (Shit! We’re getting old). And it’s probably due to eating too much meat because we don’t have much options with the cooked food being supplied to us and we’ve no time to cook our own food. Maybe not really no time to cook, maybe I’m just lazy.

Well, finally watched the Season 1 finale of Netflix’s Daredevil. And I’ve also just finished the fourth episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Hell, was also able to catch James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad too. Tell about overdoing things. Would’ve been perfect with a few bottles of beer. But beer is a luxury in the desert—not to mention illegal.

Don’t know why but I wasn’t just that interested in Daredevil when it came out some five years ago. Maybe, it’s because TV series takes up a lot of time to get to where it’s going, as opposed to a two-hour movie. It’s the same reason I’ve only come as far as Season 2 of Game of Thrones. Anyway, what most people, critics, not just fans on YouTube or Twitter, were saying is most probably true. Netflix’s Daredevil is one of the best comic book shows out there. And better than most movies in the MCU. Better than Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Better than Tom Holland’s Spider-Man movies.

I just love how the series did each character justice: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, and especially Wilson Fisk a.k.a. the Kingpin. I especially liked the character dynamics between Matt, Foggy, and Karen. And the series wonderfully explored their relationships and their journey in trying to do the right thing. And I like the idea how Fisk was thinking that he was the “good Samaritan” in Hell’s Kitchen, that he thought he’s doing the city good. That he was a fully-fleshed character, thereby making him easily Marvel’s best villain by far.

Wasn’t really that interested in watching The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. But midway thru Daredevil, and after getting somewhat disappointed with Loki, I decided to give it try. It was said to be more like buddy comedy, more action-oriented, so I thought it’s probably right up my alley, more so than WandaVision or Loki.

I’m done watching up to the fourth episode and I’d say, no, this is not going to do it for me. I won’t say it’s bad, but it’s somewhat like filler material. The series gave Falcon and Bucky the backstories they never had in the movies while also setting them up for the next movie. They’re simply ticking off boxes, giving the characters some backstories, without actually developing them into character arcs, like, you know, one full season of Daredevil does. Okay, I guess, we’ll see in the remaining episodes if I’m right.

Looking at a list of my recently seen movies, I probably enjoyed watching The Last Mercenary more than The Suicide Squad. And I definitely liked Rurouni Kenshin: The Final more than The Suicide Squad. But it’s definitely better, way better than Black Widow, and more fun to watch than both Loki and TFATWS. It’s just nice to finally have James Gunn back. Marvel firing him for his old tweets feels like a long long time ago. Watching GotG Vol. 2 in the theater feels like a long long time ago, too.

What I liked in the movie? Well, the characters for sure. It’s obvious Gunn had so much fun making the movie, directing actors, writing characters he loved. Even if some of them are going to go like Shatterstar did in the second Deadpool movie. And for that, TSS kinda suffers a bit, being made and released after Deadpool 2. It kinda loses this element of surprise.

The thing I liked the most about the movie is this: The Suicide Squad is a movie about “American supersoldiers in foreign soil” in a very non-MCU kind of way. The movie addresses the issue in ways that the MCU just won’t.

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