See, that's what gets on my nerves, people are so obsessed with looks that they ignore everything else, and people who don't fit the Channing Tatum appearance category get marginalized, and people are by and large totally okay with this. The status quo is really messed up.
I think their biggest mistake is not drawing on the huge X-Men universe they've already spent so much time building and establishing, since I read that Gambit was supposedly going to be completely self-contained. The worst part of The Wolverine was that is was basically just that...Wolverine. The guy's history is complex but he himself is not that interesting. At all. So not having at least half a dozen other mutants to make things less mind-numbingly dull made any hope of it being entertaining went out the window (not that there weren't tons of other missed opportunities in that one) and if Gambit doesn't try to at least bring in a few players that we haven't seen yet just to try and keep the main character interesting by comparison (Gambit is my favorite mutant, at least power-wise; his personality and backstory are pretty interesting too, though) then that also doesn't bode well for it. We haven't seen Dazzler yet, as far as I can remember, or Avalanche, so a couple of them could certainly help keep things on the interesting side of the spectrum and even help with a heist if they use their powers just right.
Well to be fair that was why Wolverine was stuck with the X-men. The group on their own are ok, but they shine better as a team. Wolverine just managed to gain more appeal due to his gruff Anti-hero approach compared to the others. While for some reason Marvel has been trying to run Cyclops into the ground several times in the comic book series.
Makes me glad Fox hasn't given up the rights to X-Men or we would be seeing an X-Men vs. Avengers movie for certain which didn't have the best of resolutions for certain characters.
Still Mathim has suggested this in the past and I like the concept. I think it would be awesome for the final Wolverine movie we see him running into X-23 and Daken or at least one of them. In the comics Logan died and X-23 decided to pick up the mantle and became the new Wolverine and donned her own variant of the outfit. Would be cool to see Hugh Jackman kinda pass on the mantle on screen before retiring from the role even if they don't do anything with it afterwards just kinda like a goodbye and thank you for the fans and such.
In other news now that I have fully finished Jessica Jones, I am ready to give a full spoiler free review of the show.
In truth if you are going to watch it expecting a story similar to Daredevil just stop right there. While there is plenty of action in each episode the core of this series is exploring the characters and how their encounters with each other are affecting them.
Jessica herself is a pretty interesting lead and definitely a different approach to the heroines Marvel has shown in the movies. She's not out to be a hero but still wants to make a difference in life but certain parts of her personality are preventing that her actress even summed it up well that she's not out to become the person to save the city like Matt Murdock was. Her encounter with Kilgrave (The Purple Man in the comics) affected her deeply and there are times you can tell just how far she is willing to go to find him and stop him.
Kilgrave himself? Nothing like Wilson Fisk in comparison to Daredevil again. However David Tennat really did an amazing job making him one of the best villains I have ever seen from Marvel more memorable than half of the movie villains. Kilgrave isn't out to take over the world, or run a crime empire, or destroy. He's more impulsive, he does whatever he wants exactly when he wants too because he can. There are times he will force someone to do something just because they caught him at a bad time.
Luke Cage? They don't get too deep into his backstory (saving it for his own series obviously) other than how Jessica is connected but his presence is impressive and it feels like he does balance Jessica out when they are working together.
However I should warn you that some of the characters present in the show can make you cringe and will make fast forwarding extremely tempting. Including one or two who deliberately screwed things up just when the plot was nearly done to extend the conflict a few more episodes.
The story itself is amazing and really shows a different internal battle going on than the usual here's the bad guy go beat them up and go home at the end of the day scenario we know and see. However several subplots for this show come up at strange intervals and feels like it slows down the pacing at times and even just drag episodes out. It can feel like the story could have ended a few episodes earlier than 13.
I was disappointed that Matt Murdock didn't cameo but to be fair its getting the same treatment as the movies. They are establishing the characters on their own before mingling them with each other. With the obvious exception of Jessica and Luke as their stories are deeply connected in the comics and required to explore for them both to work properly. Plus if Daredevil or even Murdock cameo that would probably be the only thing most would have gotten out of the show and weighed it based on that appearance alone.
Like I said before though however THIS IS NOT FOR THE KIDS WHO LIKE WATCHING SUPERHEROES. If you are squeamish to things like rape being mentioned, gore, graphic scenes, etc. Don't watch it or don't do it on a full stomach at least. Just to give an example?
Kilgrave made one man kill another by blood loss....from sawing the victim's arms off and trying to get rid of them by sticking the bloody limbs down a freaking Garbage Disposal system in the sink! And that is just one example of the extreme deaths he made other people perform.
This show made Daredevil look like a Saturday morning cartoon in terms of dark and graphic elements.
All in all? It was worth watching I will probably not binge watch it as much as I do Daredevil as I personally prefer its setup more. However if you can handle just how dark this show can get and the occasional annoying character by all means queue it up grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy.