Last year I started the daunting task of watching the entire MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) including all the TV shows, snippets, you name it. The catalog is vast! I didn't realize how much content there was. For me as a kid growing up, I saw Spidey in movies where you could see the string holding him up on buildings in such a bad costume as well. The best Marvel had at the time was the original Incredible Hulk show with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferigno. Don't get me wrong, it was still cheesy at certain points but not as bad as the early Marvel movies of the 70's.
Moving on to the present day there are lots of shows on several different networks and platforms. Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, the Defenders on Netflix. Agents of Shield and Agent Carter on ABC. And Cloak and Dagger on Freeform which you can stream on Hulu. I'm not a harsh critic as explaining earlier, anything present day blows away what I watched as a kid. The level of special effects in addition to large budgets devoted to casting and storylines makes for enjoyable popcorn entertainment in my opinon. Of course, there are some that are better than others but they're all fun to watch at least once.
Before moving in to my favorites, I'll highlight my least favorite of the bunch. This being Iron Fist, now to be completely fair I didn't read this comic growing up or even later. So it's a little tough to give a thorough review without prior knowledge of the characters and story lines. And don't get me wrong, I still liked the show. But I feel they could of given the super-hero a little more confidence and less whining. Haha, I know it's part of the story line about his parents in a plane crash. However you don't hear Bruce Waynce whine and gripe about it throughout the movies. You see him take action because of it. I felt that if they gave the character a little more strength in that regards the show would've been much better.
Now it's my second time watching both Daredevil and Punisher which I did collect and read growing up. I think both actors were solid choices and did justice to their comic book personas. It's extremely tough for me to choose one over the other as both have a solid supporting cast that help build the audience's interest and keep us coming back for following seasons. Especially in Vincent D'Onofrio's portrayal of the Kingpin, which he does extremely well. However when I first started watching the show I kept thinking to his role in Men in Black where he was the crazy alien walking around asking people for sugar water. Haha, after getting over that I thoroughly enjoyed the villian in all his glory.
As for the Punisher, on the 2nd go around, I enjoyed it almost even more than the first. The dark humor between Micro and Frank made me laugh multiple times and there was good chemistry between both throughout the season. And as I'm finishing up the first season, it's too tough to call for me. Reason being is that there's three seasons of Daredevil and only two for the Punisher. There was lots of rumors and talks when Disney purchased Marvel about what would happen to Marvel on Netflix. But unfortunately we have no more Marvel as of yet to be coming from Netflix anytime soon or ever. I couldn't find the official trailer for season one so here's season 2, which as I watched it, is getting me hyped up to watch that season soon.
When it all comes down to it, both the Punisher and Daredevil are at the top for me in terms of the shows. If I had to add a trinity of my favorites I would put the first season of Luck Cage in that lineup. I didn't read the comics growing up but was a fan. And they really got me when they named each episode after some of Gangstarr's greatest songs. I'm a huge hip-hop fan and also Gangstarr is one of my favorite groups of all time. The scene where Luke goes in to the building to take money from Cottonmouth gave me goosebumps. Before Luke goes in to wreck shop, he puts his headphones on blaring Wu-Tang Clan's "Bring the Ruckus" was perfection for me. Being a hip-hop head and comic book lover, it doesn't get any better!