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TEN BEST LIVE-ACTION MARVEL TV CHARACTER PORTRAYALS

Marvel TV shows have been a big extension to the MCU since Agents Of SHIELD debuted in 2013. With four shows currently in this universe, and a number more still in production, we have got lots to enjoy. There has been some fantastic performances so far in the last three years and I am sure Luke Cage this month will continue the trend. With ABC making a great start with the Agents side of the MCU and Netflix bringing us The Defenders, this list had a great mix of portrayals. Honourable mentions go to Mike Colter’s Luke Cage who narrowly missed the list, though will be right in the Top 10 from the previews of his upcoming series. Elodie Yung giving us a great Elektra really did well and Agent Carter actors James D’Arcy for being Mr Edwin Jarvis and Wynn Everett as she became the villainous Whitney Frost!

  1. Deborah Ann Woll – Karen Page (Daredevil)

All heroes need something to keep them grounded and Karen is definitely a character that is needed in the show.Deborah Ann Woll is cast well as the love interest to the title character and is at the centre of the story in both seasons. Karen may not be the toughest character, but she is willing to do all she can to help her friends and fight for justice. Her life changes when she comes to Nelson and Murdoch, but it is her investigation into The Punisher which really shows her worth.

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  1. Clark Gregg – Agent Phil Coulson (Agents Of SHIELD)

The man who was the backbone to the MCU throughout phase one was warmly welcomed back when talks of a spin-off begun. His death was maybe not liked by many, but there is a lot of good that came from this. First, we got a great mystery which lasted quite a while as to how Coulson came back to life. Clark Gregg embodies Coulson perfectly and he is a fan favourite. For a character that was made especially for the MCU, you can find him in all the different medias of Marvel and I am grateful for how much we get of this brilliant character.

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  1. Elden Henson – Foggy Nelson (Daredevil)

Every show needs some comic relief, and it works better if they also become the heart of the show. Foggy Nelson, best friend and business partner to Matt Murdoch. Their friendship changes forever when Foggy finds out Matt is actually Daredevil. As a lawyer, Foggy is definitely very resourceful and willing to do all he can to help those he cares about, that includes Matt and Karen. For most of the series, he is a source of humour and a break from the gripping drama in the show. But from the moment he finds a bludgeoned Matt in his apartment, that is when Foggy became his best!

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  1. Ming-Na Wen – Agent Melinda May (Agents Of SHIELD)

What happens when you get a character that is able to overshadow your main star, you get Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May. Known for her nickname The Cavalry, May is one of the toughest agents in SHIELD history. The character at one point stopped doing missions after something big happens and her life is in tatters. Though she may not be too social with her team, she is very protective and can kick the arse of any person that gets in her way. You wouldn’t want to get in a fight with May, but you would definitely appreciate her assistance if it was needed.

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  1. David Tennant – Kilgrave (Jessica Jones)

A man who is able to manipulate any person just by talking to them, Kilgrave is indeed a very dangerous character. He hasn’t got super strength, he can’t fly and can’t shoot beams from his hands, but he can control practically anyone. At one time, he was able to bend the will of Jessica Jones for his own gain and she had since lived with the nightmares of her actions. Kilgrave proves numerous times he is not to be messed with and David Tennant brings to the MCU his best performance since starring in Doctor Who.

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  1. Charlie Cox – Matt Murdoch/Daredevil (Daredevil)

From the first episode, we know that Matt Murdoch has been fighting crime both in and out of the court room for some time. Matt Murdoch is just truly wanting to get justice in his city. After his father died, he wanted to do all he could to protect the innocent. His path leads him to face The Kingpin and later the vigilante The Punisher. Daredevil was one of the first MCU heroes to prove just how vulnerable they can be, seeing Matt an inch from death is really hard to watch, but it may just be the most intriguing thing about the man without fear!

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  1. Hayley Atwell – Peggy Carter (Agent Carter)

Much like Coulson, Peggy has been a backbone to the MCU for quite some time. Since her debut in Captain America: The First Avenger, she has appeared in other Cap films, a short and in Agent Carter. Taking her role as a founder of SHIELD, Peggy continues her fight against those who could threaten the world while still holding some hope of seeing Steve again. Fighting her way through a sexist 1940’s America, Hayley Atwell gives her greatest performance as she gives the world the first true female hero in the MCU!

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  1. Jon Bernthal – Frank Castle/The Punisher (Daredevil)

Anyone who is a fan of The Punisher character will know that it’s not been easy to make this character appeal to an audience (Looking at 1989 and 2008 on this one). But, Jon Bernthal not only does a great job, but he steals the show every time he appears. He is more than a match for Daredevil, he has one of the greatest revenge stories in the comic book world and he honestly believes he is doing the right thing. Tormented by the death of his family, his path for vengeance and personal pain won over everyone…no wonder he is getting his own TV series!

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  1. Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones)

For anyone who has seen Krysten in any other show, you will know her versatile she can be. Appearing in shows such as Breaking Bad and Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23 was proof of her dedication, Jessica Jones is no exception. The character has not had the best of upbringings (how many superheroes actually did?), but she still tries to do what’s best. After her initial altercation with Kilgrave, Jessica struggles to get her life back together. She becomes a private detective and also has some powers too, not someone to mess with. PTSD plays a big part in the show, and to see the suffering Jessica has been through and goes through in the first season, you can’t help but feel for her. Sure she is drinking a lot, having sex with someone she is investigating and generally not caring about a lot of people. Inside, Jessica Jones is a character I feel the most for as she seems to put on such a strong front to forget her past.

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  1. Vincent D’Onofrio – Wilson Fisk/Kin gpin (Daredevil)

Coming up with a villain like Kingpin was a masterstroke for Marvel Comics, seeing him on screen is even better. Michael Clarke Duncan made the character fantastic in the 2003 Daredevil movie, but Vincent D’Onofrio made for a superb addition to the cast. We see him gradually in the first few episodes, but we know who he is immediately when we finally meet him. Wilson Fisk starts as a very private businessman who eventually comes to the light when he looks to “save” his city. We also get to see what made him into the Kingpin by seeing flashbacks to his childhood and also watching him fall in love with this to-be wife Vanessa. Don’t let this sensitive side fool you, he will still beat you to death (thinking of a certain car door scene). Definitely a powerful character and the best portrayal from Marvel’s TV line-up.

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Top Ten TV Characters Of The Last Year

In the last 12 months, there have been some fantastic performances in the land of television which saw these ten characters take the heights of popularity on the small screen. Whether it is a TV superhero, a former crook, a crooked lawyer or even a cartoon character, there is something for everyone here. Before going through this list, I want to add that barely missing this list was BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett), Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) in The Walking Dead and Joe Potter (Rafe Spall) in Black Mirror: White Christmas.

Taraji P. Henson – Cookie Lyon (Empire)

This character has become a phenomenon worldwide since Empire debuted early in 2015, giving Taraji P. Henson her best part in her career. With Cookie Lyon coming out of prison in the pilot after 17 years, she returns to the company she begun with her ex-husband Lucious and demands her share of the record company she help put together when Lucious was a struggling artist. With this hip-hop show producing some very catchy music and outstanding performances, it is all about the sassy Cookie as she makes you laugh with her attitude and cry with her heart. With Empire coming back for season two, I wonder where she will go next after trying to kill her ex-husband.

Vincent D’Onofrio – Wilson Fisk AKA Kingpin (Daredevil)

Daredevil normally comes as a package with Kingpin, and the 2015 Netflix series was no exception. Casting the fantastic Vincent D’Onofrio, he makes Wilson Fisk a complex and fascinating villain who compares to other Marvel Cinematic Universe antagonists such as Ultron and Loki for the sheer effortless portrayal and bringing something more unique to a series where so many villains are too one-dimensional. D’Onofrio has rightfully been earning praise and award nominations for his character, all of which he deserves and more. With season two of Daredevil due for 2016, let’s hope that The Punisher isn’t the only guy going for The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen!

Peter Capaldi – The Doctor (Doctor Who)

When you take on the role of The Doctor, you have to be prepared for a lashing from the fans. Peter Capaldi brings an older perspective of the Time Lord to the 21st century and it is brilliant. Starting the first of his regeneration cycle, The Doctor begins as a confused man and eventually becomes the tough and grouchy Doctor that we had waited for. After a Doctor that was full of life and regret, he is given the chance to enjoy his old age and show a new edge. His interactions with returning companion Clara are gripping and at times hilarious. Peter Capaldi gets his second series this autumn, and I can’t wait to see him fight the evil aliens once again.

Gemma Chan – Mia/Anita (Humans)

Portraying a character that isn’t human is not easy; portraying something that isn’t actually alive is even more difficult. But, it should be said that Gemma Chan has given a breath-taking performance as synthetic Anita. She doesn’t twitch, her focus is immense and you are honestly convinced that she is not human. You wouldn’t want to be left alone with her, as you feel you couldn’t trust her intelligence. How many times have we seen androids on screen? Movies like A.I. and characters such as Michael Fassbender’s David in Prometheus couldn’t even topple this subline performance. Give this woman the BAFTA!

Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash (The Flash)

In an age where many popular heroes have been those who rely on skill and money to be at the top of their game, but you can’t keep a character that can run fast enough to travel through time out of this list. Debuting as non-powered Barry Allen in Arrow in 2013, it was then in 2014 when we finally saw Mr Allen become the superhero he was destined to be. Determined to free his father from his fate in prison and later looking to rescue his mother from her death. Barry brings heart to all the superpowered mayhem in Central City and shows he is a hero who will do anything he can to save the day, while choosing different methods to his mentor Oliver Queen. Grant Gustin went from Glee to Flash with little problem, and definitely the coolest superhero on TV today.

Robin Lord Taylor – Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Gotham)

Before Gotham began, I would have barely put Penguin into my top ten list of Batman villains. But, the sheer performance and look of Robin Lord Taylor as gangster Oswald Cobblepot made me re-evaluate said list after just one episode. He is portrayed as creepy, smart, lethal and unpredictable. Showing himself as manipulating both of the main gangs of Gotham, Oswald is eventually shown as becoming one of the big players in the city after defeating Falcone and seeing the end of Fish Mooney. The main reason I can’t wait for Gotham is for this character, to see how we will next use Jim Gordon and watch him pace the city with his crippled walk.

Uzo Aduba – Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren (Orange Is The New Black)

As a starring character on the Netflix original show, Suzanne – accurately nicknamed Crazy Eyes – comes across as eccentric and easy to obsess, as she does with main protagonist Piper Chapman, but her character develops as the show continues. Mainly seen with other inmates such as Poussey and Taystee, she is controlled by her friends when having a behavioural episode and protected when people try to take advantage of her because of her natural naïveté. Despite her differing due to her mental illness, she can show that she is still as humane as all others. Even if she does write erotica about alien orgies.

Estelle – Garnet (Steven Universe)

No one would decide that a character from a kids’ cartoon could have such an impact but Steven Universe isn’t a normal cartoon. Based around beings formed around gemstones saving the world from evil, one stands out among the others: Garnet. As a fusion formed from two loving gems, Garnet pushes the boundaries that those working on kids’ shows are afraid to. Especially if you split Garnet to get the gems that form her, Ruby and Sapphire, and see that the feminine characters are in love, making them Cartoon Network’s first canonical same-sex relationship – even if they are really gemstones. It’s a big step to take in the world of children’s entertainment. Well done, Garnet.

Bob Odenkirk – Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman (Better Call Saul)

Being seen as the source of comic relief during the run of Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk was really given an opportunity to expand on his popular character and show that there was more to the lawyer than a number of quirks, funny henchmen and a terrible comb-over. Showing his caring side for his sick brother Chuck, his loving side for his close friend Kim and also showing the days before he was a lawyer (back when he was just a criminal). With Jimmy slowly becoming the shady lawyer which we knew from the parent series, this spin-off will soon see a more familiar Saul Goodman spread his wings very soon.

Hayley Atwell – Peggy Carter (Marvel’s Agent Carter)

2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger saw the debut of not only Chris Evans as the heroic Captain America, but we were also introduced to the charming Agent Peggy Carter, a British Agent working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (the early version of S.H.I.E.L.D.) during World War II. What we didn’t know, was that this would soon lead to the fantastic mini-series starring Hayley Atwell once again. We see her become a hero in her own right as she looks to help her old friend Howard Stark in 1946 and save the world. She takes on the evil forces of Leviathan while looking very stylish and kicking arse with some great looking outfits and crafty gadgets.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove with contributions from Joanna Cosgrove (Uzo Aduba and Estelle)

Marvel’s Agent Carter is coming to the UK

So, it may have taken a while for it to hit our shores, but it has finally been announced today! Marvel’s Agent Carter, set during the early years of S.H.I.E.L.D. just after World War II, will air on FOX UK from Wednesday 1st July. the show features Hayley Atwell returning as Peggy Carter as she looks to help her friend Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) who has been framed for supplying deadly weapons to the top bidder! Peggy has to contend with helping Howard as well as continue her work with the Strategic Scientific Reserve.

The show also stars James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, butler to Howard Stark and assigned to assist Peggy. The show also stars Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj and Shea Whigham. Also watch out for easter eggs to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and maybe a cameo or two? Find out when the eight-episode first season begins next month!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove