The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix UniverseMarvel’s Axed Netflix Shows Could Be Revived by Disney Stay on target The first season of Iron Fist was almost universally panned, and for good reason. It was a slow-paced, rambling show where a white dude patronized an Asian woman about the proper way to run a dojo. It was a show about kung fu where the fight choreography lethargic, poorly lit, and so awkwardly cut the editing would make you dizzy if the shaky-cam hadn’t already. But because it was Marvel, and maybe required viewing ahead of The Defenders, we all watched it. That was enough to get it a second season no matter what us surly critics on the internet said.That’s why it’s such good news to hear all the positivity coming out of the show’s panel at San Diego Comic Con. It’s too early to say at this point as the show won’t be out for another month and a half, but attendees are reporting that season two looks to be a huge step up. It sounds like the new showrunner took the criticism of Season One to heart and the show could end up a lot better for it. (Remember the original showrunner, Scott Buck, left to go work on Inhumans. Yep.) Of the footage shown at the panel, only one small clip made it out into the wild. It doesn’t tell us much, but it does give us a release date.So it appears we won’t have long to wait to see if the rumors of Iron Fist being good now are actually true. More than that though, even this very brief look at the new season already looks better than the last. First of all, Danny is acting like a superhero. I don’t think that happened once in all of Season One. We had to wait for the end of Defenders to start seeing that. Also, the fight’s looking better. The camera, for one, isn’t being shaken like it owes the cameraman money. Second, though there are cuts, they’re clearly made for the trailer. And they come in between punches, not awkwardly placed in the middle of them. You can tell what’s going on, and what’s going is a decent fight in its own right.We should be able to expect much better fight choreography from this season overall. Clayton Barber joined the show as the new stunt coordinator. He previously worked on both Black Panther and Creed. Yeah, the guy knows his way around a fight scene. No wonder the action looks better, even in these short clips. Danny will also wear his iconic yellow mask a lot more, allowing the show to use stunt doubles for the harder stuff, Mashable reports. Though Jeph Loeb said during the panel that the actors were, in fact, doing most of their own stunts. Hey, with a stunt coordinator as good as Barber, those fight scenes should look great regardless.Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing. (Photo via Netflix)They’ve also seemed to take notice of how much everyone loved Colleen Wing. Danny Rand is still the main character, but per Mashable, the clips shown at Thursday night’s panel were very much Wing-focused. One featured her fighting alongside her boy Danny in a restaurant. She takes out multiple henchmen in the kitchen, while Danny clears out the dining room. The other two paired her up with Misty Knight. The first of those had Colleen and Misty fighting off three women in a warehouse. The other had them facing off against Alice Eve’s Typhoid Mary in Joy Meachum’s house. Their fight scene was an early highlight of Season Two of Luke Cage. I’m so happy Iron Fist is giving us more Colleen-Misty action. Is Iron Fist turning into a Daughters of the Dragon TV show? Because I’d have no complaints about that.Danny is reportedly a lot better too. In the clips shown during the panel, Finn Jones feels like a much more accomplished martial artist, like he should have been in Season One. He still doesn’t quite hold up to Jessica Henwick, but maybe it won’t sound quite so ridiculous when he tells people he’s “the Immortal Iron Fist.” Nah, that’s always going to sound silly.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Interplanetary space probes need encouragement, too.The public is invited to send messages of support to the spacecraft on its record-setting flyby.On Jan. 1, 2019, the ship will visit the most remote world ever explored by humankind: “(486958) 2014 MU69,” also known as Ultima Thule.Launched in 2006 as part of NASA’s New Frontiers program, New Horizons completed its objective—perform a flyby of Pluto—in 2015, and has been cruising through the Kuiper Belt, more than 3.7 billion miles from Earth, ever since.Visit the Beyond Pluto website to select a greeting for the mission team to beam (along with your name) to New Horizons, as it speeds past Ultima Thule next month.“Traveling at light speed, the signals carrying these messages will reach the spacecraft about six hours after being beamed from the [Johns Hopkins] Applied Physics Lab’s largest dish antenna, on the very same day that New Horizons flies by Ultima Thule,” according to principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado. “How cool is that?”Entries will be accepted through Dec. 21, 2018.“Like the flyby itself, this is a one-shot chance to become part of deep-space exploration history,” the Applied Physics Lab said in a recent announcement.After the New Year’s Day flyby, scientists will choose a formal name to submit to the International Astronomical Union, based in part on whether MU69 is a single body, binary pair, or system of multiple objects.(Early observations hint at either a binary orbiting pair, or a contact [stuck together] set of nearly like-sized bodies, some 11 and 12 miles in diameter.)The people’s moniker—Ultima Thule—will be used in the meantime.NASA, meanwhile, announced on Monday that its Voyager 2 probe has exited the heliosphere—the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun—and entered interstellar space.More on Geek.com:First Global Maps of Pluto, Charon Available to AllNASA’s OSIRIS-REx Discovers Water on Asteroid Bennu‘Christmas Comet’ Will Be Brightest Comet of the Year Stay on target NASA Makes Ultima Thule ‘Pop’ in Artsy 3D ImagesNew Horizons Snaps Sharp Images of Ultima Thule’s Surface