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    Captain America Season 2 Confirmed ~ Plot Points revealed ~ new Characters announced

    After a successful season 1 of the Captain America storyline. A second season has now been confirmed by the Fox Network. The series is believed to focus on several plot points including Steve Rogers/Captain America (Liam Hemsworth) filling in the blanks of just how the world has changed around him while also Nick Fury (Djimon Hounsou) will explain just how the Government looked to recreate Captain America over the years. It is also speculated that this season will fully focus on the rise of Hydra.

    Joe Keery as Werner Von Strucker
    Having appeared in the post credit scenes of the last season of Captain America. It is no surprise that Werner Von Strucker is the first character to be announced ahead of this season. The grandson of Wolfgang Von Strucker, Werner very much holds anger towards SHIELD for the fall of his family following the war. This would lead him to be apart of a secretive group plotting Shield's downfall. Playing Werner will be Stranger Things actor Joe Keery.

    Matt Cohen as William Naslund/Spirit of 76 - Bruce Langley as Fred Davis
    The first attempt to recreate the Captain America/Bucky Barnes dynamic would be by that of the Spirit of 76. An exceptional athlete and hand to hand combatant William Naslund was head and shoulders above all the recruits in his platoon when he was selected for the role. Meanwhile his sidekick Fred Davis may have started out as a baseball player but ended up one of the most skilled trackers the war had seen. Playing Naslund will be Supernatural actor Matt Cohen while playing Davis will be American Gods actor Bruce Langley.

    Alan Ritchson as Jeffrey Mace/The Patriot - Claire Coffee as Betty Ross/Golden Girl
    The second attempt to recreate the captain america/bucky dynamic would take place in the early fifties. As former soldier and Daily Bugle writer Jeffrey Mace is put behind the mask along with FBI officer Betty Ross. Overtime the crime fighting duo would find love with one another before deciding after only a few years that couldn't witness one another die in the field. Playing the role of Mace will be Blood Drive actor Alan Ritchson while playing Ross will be Grimm actress Claire Coffee.

    Austin Nichols as William Burnside - Maximinio Arciniega as Jack Monroe
    While most of the Captain America replicants were selected by the government. The duo of William Burnside and Jack Monroe chose to become their own version of Captain America and Bucky Barnes on their own. As Burnside along with his friend Jack Monroe manage to develop their own formula for super soldiers loosely based on writings stolen from Abraham Erksine's lab by a German spy. Unfortunately their design causes some bad side effects for the duo. Playing Burnside will be Walking Dead actor Austin Nichols while playing Jack Monroe will be Breaking Bad actor Maximinio Arciniega.

    Laz Alonso as Sam Wilson
    A decorated pilot for the US Air Force. Following his return home Sam Wilson found himself a man without a purpose. That is until he started working as a social worker and guidance counselor for individuals lost like he once was. In meeting Captain America, Wilson soon finds himself drawn back into the life he once left. Playing the role of Wilson will be Avatar actor Laz Alonso.

    Russell Horsnby as John Walker
    With Captain America being recently woken, designs to create a new super soldier formula were put on hold. This news very much came to the frustration of the SHIELD agent set to be lined up as the new captain america in John Walker. The loyal and decorated agent following this begins to question his loyalties as he starts to resent the man whose name he was supposed to live up to. Playing the role of Walker will be Grimm actor Russell Hornsby.

    Sebastian Foucan as Batroc - Tim Kang as Harold Paprika - David Valcin as Jacques DuQuesne - Sebastian Roche as Guy Thierrault
    A group of mercenaries and freelance terrorists. The group is led by former member of the French Foreign Legion George Batroc. Nicknamed the Leaper for his gymnastic and acrobatic qualities. Batroc has amassed a team comprised of the pyromaniac Harold Paprika, Skilled knife expert Jacques DuQuesne and gadgets expert Guy Thierrault. This groups motives while unknown soon clash with Captain America and Shield bringing their plans to light. Playing the role of Batroc will be The Tournament actor Sebastien Foucan, Playing Paprika will be Mentalist actor Tim Kang, Playing DuQuesne will be Person of Interest actor David Valcin while playing Thierrault will be Supernatural actor Sebastian Roche.

    Gillian Anderson as Susan Scarbo
    The strict aunt of Erica Holstein. Susan Scarbo has very much raised her niece in a cold, loveless world for reasons unknown. Very much a woman who keeps to herself Scarbo has amassed quite a fortune in her life with very little knowledge from the outside world as to just how she has accomplished this. Playing Susan will be X Files actress Gillian Anderson.

    Allison Brie as Erica Holstein
    Living in America under the strict, watchful eyes of her aunt Susan Scarbo. Erica Holstein is very much a girl of mystery with a past unknown. But in her quest to find out her lineage. Holstein will find out that not all family legacies are ones to be proud of. Playing the role of Holstein will be GLOW actress Allison Brie.

    Sarah Gadon as Sharon Carter
    The niece of Peggy Carter. Sharon Carter was said to be inspired by the exploits of her aunt and Captain America back in the day. This inspiration led to her becoming one of the most decorated agents SHIELD has to offer now. With the return of Steve Rogers, Agent Carter eagerly hopes to meet the man her aunt spoke so highly of. Playing the role of Sharon will be 11.23.63 actress Sarah Gadon.

    Ed Harris as Helmut Zemo
    The son of Heinrich Zemo, Helmut has spent many years of his life in hiding as a cost of his father's many sins. However with the news that his father's enemy Captain America has resurfaced. Helmut will soon bring himself out into the open as he looks to bring death to the man he holds responsible for killing his father. Playing Helmut will be Westworld actor Ed Harris.

    Nicholas Hamilton as Robbie Dean Tomlin
    A young man looking for a purpose. Robbie Dean Tomlin is a man who grew up very much in a troubled home which left him without a purpose. Known to the police for petty theft as well as his use of drugs. All Robbie Dean Tomlin wants is someone to take an interest in him. Eventually Tomlin finds that figure but unfortunately for him instead of help mold him they would use Robbie's insecurities against him. Playing the role of Tomlin will be it actor Nicholas Hamilton.

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    Doctor Doom miniseries confirmed

    In a bold move Fox's Marvel Project has announced a new miniseries set to begin production which should air later on this year. Instead of focusing in on a hero however this series will instead focus on one of the most prolific villains in all of the Marvel Universe. As for the first time since the Fox Marvel Universe was announced we will get our first look at Victor Von Doom/Doctor Doom. With this miniseries covering the origin story of Victor Von Doom. It is believed that the series will cover Victor's origin tales and what has led him to becoming the man he is today.

    Martin Wallstrom as Victor Von Doom/Doctor Doom
    The titular character of the series while the name Doctor Doom may not need much of an introduction. The man beneath the mask Victor Von Doom may in fact do so. Born to both Cynthia and Werner Von Doom in the troubled country of Latveria. Over the course of the story Victor's troubled childhood will be covered as well as several key moments which shape him into the man he is today. Playing Von Doom will be Mr.Robot star Martin Wallstrom.

    Lucy Lawless as Cynthia Von Doom
    The mother of Victor Von Doom, Cynthia Von Doom very much was conflicted when it come to raising her son. As while she felt he had tremendous potential and loved him very much. She also found herself horrified at the prospect of raising him in such a country as Latveria. This forces her to make some questionable decisions which will very much shape Von Doom's future. Playing the role of Cynthia will be spartacus actor Lucy Lawless.

    Kenny Johnson as Werner Von Doom
    The father of Victor Von Doom, Werner Von Doom was very much proof that when it came to his wife. Opposites do in fact attract as while Cynthia was a known believer in the mystic arts Werner for his part was a man of medicine and science. One of the most respected doctors in Latveria Werner is called upon by the King to save his wife's life. Knowing that failing to do so will most likely end his own. Playing the role of Werner will be Bates Motel actor Kenny Johnson.

    Matt Letscher as Boris
    One of his father's most trusted allies, Boris is also the father of the young woman known as Valeria. Following some tragic occurrences in the Von Doom family, Boris finds himself as the one person still looking out for Victor Von Doom. Thus making him one of the few if not the only man Von Doom truly considers a friend. Playing Boris will be The Flash actor Matt Letscher.

    Ashley Johnson as Valeria
    A young woman who very much could be described as the love of Victor Von Doom's life. Valeria is the daughter of Boris and is apart of the small tribe that Victor and his family group up. At first the two started as friends before a romance blossomed. Unlike the cruel Doom however Valeria is described as a good, kind hearted woman who is blind to just what Doom really is. Playing Valeria will be Blindspot actress Ashley Johnson.

    Xander Berkley as Vladimir Fortunov
    The reigning king or to many people tyrant of Latveria. Vladimir Fortunov has been in rule since World War 2 and is very much a ruler with an iron fist. This includes having no issue in instilling fear in those who he rules over thanks to executions of any who he deems threats against him. Playing the role of Vladimir will be Walking Dead actor Xander Berkley.

    David Hoflin as Rudolfo Fortunov
    The son and heir to the throne of his father Vladimir. Rudolfo Fortunov is currently acting as the general of Vladimir's private army. By all accounts Rudolfo has been described as a chip off the old block if not worse than his sadistic father. This has led many to dread the day that Rudolfo takes over the reigns in ruling Latveria. Playing Rudolfo will be Supernatural actor David Hoflin.

    Warren Christie as Zorba Fortunov
    The slightly younger brother of Rudolfo. Zorba Furtunov like the rest of his family shares an interest in the arts of war. A skilled soldier as well as a pilot. It is said that out of the family that Zorba is the most technologically minded. Probably the most intellectual of the family as well Zorba is not above utilizing the weaknesses of his rivals to get what he wants. Playing Zorba will be Alphas actor Warren Christie.

    Nico Evers-Swindell as Dmitri Fortunov
    A close cousin to the brothers Rudolfo and Zorba. Dmitri Fortunov in many ways is considered a son by the king. A skilled soldier in his own right with a great tactical knowledge. Dmitri is currently acting as Rudolfo's second in command. Playing Dmitri will be Grimm actor Nico Evers Swindell.

    Amanda Righetti as Ramona
    With Doom returning to Latveria and opposing the king and his sons. In a crafty move the Fortunov brothers send a woman known as Ramona to infiltrate the life of Victor Von Doom. The lengths she goes to in order to do so prove her loyalty to the Fortunov family. Playing Ramona will be Mentalist actress Amanda Righetti.

    Enver Gjokaj as Gustav Hauptmann -- Jason Butler Harner as Gert Hauptmann
    A brother duo of scientists loyal to the Fortunov royal family. Both Gustav and Gert are skilled technicians constantly working on improving the weaponry used by the army led by Rudolfo. Their loyalty and work soon finds them in the cross hairs of Victor Von Doom. Playing the role of Gustav will be Agent Carter actor Enver Gjokaj while playing Gert will be Alcatraz actor Jason Butler Harner.

    Freddie Highmore as Alexander Flynn
    A young man who later introduces himself to Victor Von Doom. Alexander Flynn claims to be the illegitimate son of Victor Von Doom. Whether this is true or not what is known is that Flynn is currently involved in running an illicit fight club often attended by several of the Fortunov boy's army. Playing Flynn will be Bates Motel actor Freddie Highmore

    Boris McGiver as Gorzenko -- Charles Baker as Dubcek
    Two politicians and ambassadors for Latveria. Both Gorzenko and Dubcek very much have seen all kinds of horrible acts committed in their homeland. However with their connections to other countries they are able to cover up the dictatorship rule that the king holds. Playing the role of Gorzenko will be Person of Interest actor Boris McGiver while playing Dubcek will be Breaking Bad actor Charles Baker.

    Billy Burke as Mad Thinker
    A scientist and mathematician who has convinced or deluded himself that with his vast knowledge he could predict the future. A rival of Reed Richards, The Mad Thinker became associated with Victor Von Doom on one of his US excursions where the Thinker claimed to see the potential in Von Doom. Now a trusted adviser for Doom, Mad Thinker very much acts as an adviser of sorts for Doom. Playing the role of Mad Thinker will be Revolution and Twilight actor Billy Burke.

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    Several new Marvel shows in the pipeline

    After a spate of successful miniseries all focusing on several of the more lesser known or niche characters in the Marvel Universe. It hasn't been surprising that the Fox Marvel Universe has continued to follow this trend by announcing several more new miniseries set to come to light. Currently with Eric Brooks/Blade (DB Woodside), Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider (Taylor Kitsch), Frank Castle/The Punisher (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Marc Spector/Moon Knight (Charlie Hunnam), Namor (Daniel Dae Kim), Brian Braddock/Captain Britain (Max Brown) and Victor Von Doom/Doctor Doom (Martin Wallstrom) all either having or being set for these series' it can now be confirmed that several other's have in fact been commissioned today. Two of these will focus on characters who have already appeared in the Fox Marvel series as it can be revealed that both Black Widow (Rebecca Ferguson) and Hawkeye (Mike Vogel) each have a series lined up. With this announcement several new characters have been announced for both the series' already mentioned as well as some for the future. Rumors also indicate that there will soon be a future announcement about some more prospective miniseries including one set to focus on Venom (Ryan Kwanten).

    Iko Uwais as Shang-Chi
    Born into the Hu'Nan Providence of China. Shang-Chi was raised by his father Fu Manchu to be a warrior. With every waking moment of the day spent training in multiple forms of martial arts. Shang-Chi is widely regarded as one of the most skilled fighters in hand to hand combat in the universe. Over the course of the story Shang-Chi will steadily begin to grow conflicted by his father's orders and commands as the two clearly have different views on the world. Playing the role of Chi will be The Raid actor Iko Uwais.

    Collin Choi as Fu Manchu
    A genius who is a master of medicine and the ancient mystical arts. A mastermind and the leader of the Si-Fan which is a cult like organisation. Fu Manchu is described by many as a master of disguise and deception capable of manipulating anyone in order to get what he wants. This includes several of his children including Shang-Chi who slowly begins to see the error of his father's way. Playing Fu Manchu will be Matrix actor Collin Chou

    Lee Jones as Hercules
    With Marvel looking to expand into god's with it's upcoming Thor (Travis Fimmell) series. It is no surprise that a story focusing on the gods of olympus. This includes the titular character of the story Hercules. The son of Zeus, Hercules is described as one of the strongest beings in existence. With his might making him a recognized hero to many. Playing the role of Hercules will be Bastard Executioner actor Lee Jones.

    Sean Bean as Zeus
    The olympian god of Thunder and Wisdom. Zeus currently sits on the throne as the ruler of olympus. Married to the goddess Hera. Zeus is believed to have fathered many children with others much to the anger of the goddess. This includes his son Hercules who Zeus fathered with a human. Playing the role of Hercules with be Game of Thrones actor Sean Bean.

    Julia Goldani Telles as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman
    Originally from London, England Jessica Drew had a troubled and traumatic childhood. This included her becoming extremely ill thanks to exposure to her father's work as a scientist. Her father in a last ditch attempt to save her life would inject her with a special formula containing irradiated spider's blood. This serum would eventually cure her but when Jessica fully recovered she had found that her mother had died and her father had vanished. This would lead to Jessica having to go out on her own and make her own life. Playing Jessica will be Affair actress Julia Goldani Telles.

    Richard Speight Jr as Scotty McDowell
    A criminologist and a long time ally of Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman. Scotty McDowell is one of the rare few she has trusted with her identity. Confined to a wheel chair McDowell is believed to be frustrated at his inability to do more to help Jessica. While it is also speculated that he harbors some feelings for her. Playing the role of McDowell will be Supernatural actor Richard Speight Jr.

    Eric Roberts as Karl Malus
    At one point in time Karl Malus was a respected scientist and surgeon in his field. However no those days are long gone and Malus is looked at as a mad scientist who works for criminals. A lot of this has come from Karl's fascination with powered individuals and his attempts to recreate them. His work quickly puts him in the cross hairs of Spider-Woman. Playing the role of Malus will be Dark Knight actor Eric Roberts.

    Cheyenne Jackson as Fantomex
    A mutant assassin who is believed to be technologically advanced. Fantomex is highly skilled in the art of misdirection. This is thanks to his highly powerful ability to create realistic illusions. Little is known about the man under the mask or what his motivations are. But when he crosses paths with Deadpool (Jensen Ackles), Domino (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Cable (Stephen Lang). He is quickly looked at as a strong candidate for the X-Force. Playing the role of Fantomex will be American Horror Story star Cheyenne Jackson

    Sasha Roiz as Alexei Shostakov/Red Gaurdian
    A former love interest of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. Alexei Shostakov was a skilled pilot for the soviet union and a decorated war hero. Later selected to become the Russian equivalent to Captain America. Red Guardian was trained in secret to become the warrior he is now. However this training has also altered who he is as a person making Alexei ruthless and vindictive. Playing the role of Alexei will be Grimm actor Sasha Roiz.

    Josh Hartnett as Barney Barton
    The older brother of Clint Barton, Charles Bernard Barton aka Barney very much acted as a carer for his younger more reckless brother growing up. While Clint at points would fall into the wrong crowd Barney kept on the straight and narrow. This eventually parted the two brothers with Barney later becoming a member of the FBI. That would be at least until a tragic accident altered his life forever. Playing the role of Barney will be Penny Dreadful actor Josh Hartnett.

    Michael Madsen as Buck Chisholm/Trick Shot
    In some interesting news ahead of the Hawkeye miniseries. It can be revealed that the show will very much delve into the early days of Hawkeye and just how he became the skilled marksman he is today. This is where the man known as Buck Chisholm aka Trick Shot comes into play. Described by some as a petty conman who worked as a star attraction in the Carson Carnival of Travelling Wonders. Buck Chisholm is a skilled archer who soon in order to pay off debts takes a young man under his wing. Playing the role of Chisholm will be Resevoir Dogs actor Michael Madsen.

    Rachel Bilson as Kate Bishop
    There was a time when Kate Bishop was an innocent young woman with her life firmly ahead of her. That is until she was brutally attacked in central park. The trauma of the attack has led Kate to train intensely in as many of the arts of combat. Before finally her hard work, level headedness and skills got her recruited by SHIELD. Since then Bishop has worked closely with Hawkeye and Mockingbird proving herself to be a worthy ally in the field. Playing the role of Bishop will be Hart of Dixie actress Rachel Bilson.

    Damian Lewis as Damon Dran
    With the Black Widow miniseries being confirmed. The main antagonist for the story has also been unveiled in munitions magnate Damon Dran. The arms dealer who has no problems with his war profiteering as he sold to a multitude of terrorist organisations over the years. In looking to remain ahead of the game Dran has recently began funding a project known as Project four. Playing the role of Dran will be Homeland actor Damian Lewis.

    Sarah Shahi as Yelena Belova
    A fellow spy like Black Widow who underwent similar training at the Red Room. Yelena Belova is an amoral spy and assassin who finds herself at odds with Black Widow on a mission. With the two now holding different loyalties they are now on opposite sides. Now out to kill her former friend Yelena finds that Natasha isn't as willing to engage her in battle as she instead looks to turn Yelena. Playing the role of the assassin will be Person of Interest actress Sarah Shahi.

    John Goodman as George Washington Bridge
    A former soldier turned mercenary who has now become a high ranking member of SHIELD. George Washington Bridge is a man who has a hatred for powered individuals having had previous encounters with several powered people. Bridge despite SHIELD's willingness to work with several powered individuals remains firm in his hatred. However lately Bridge has become focused on a new target as he sets his sights on capturing The Punisher. Playing Bridge will be 10 Cloverfield Lane actor John Goodman.

    Osric Chau as Amadeus Cho
    A highly intelligent young man who is considered one of the greatest minds of this generation. Entering in a contest to find a young genius however would change Cho's life forever. Following the loss of his loving parents Cho changed as a person. This caused him to become secretive and distrusting of the world. That is until he met Bruce Banner (Hugh Dancy). From there Cho found a kindred spirit and a friend and worked hard to help Bruce solve his problems. Playing the role of Cho will be Supernatural actor Amadeus Cho.

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    Fox Broadcasting Presents

    X-Men Season 4: Age of Apocalypse

    "Peace does not invoke strength. Instead it invites weakness. In order for mutants to evolve. They must be strong!" Apocalypse

    It goes without saying that so far in the duration of the Fox Marvel Universe that the X-Men story lines have often been regarded as some of it's weaker outings. This of course comes following a troubled, messy first season and despite the following seasons being improvements, still falling short of reaching it's potential. To the fourth season's credit while still not at the show's peak there was a lot of improvement. This included in some rather unpredictable story telling as well as surprising character development for some of it's lesser established cast. Unlike the previous two seasons which focused on a human with his agenda against mutants. This season gave us an imposing not to mention commanding mutant threat while also furthering the major political story line of mutant rights which has been ongoing since season one. As with such a powerful antagonist the growth of mutant hate groups increased as did the popularity of outspoken mutant hating senator Robert Kelly (Leland Orser). While not a key part so far in any of the seasons antagonist wise, it is clear that there is something being built on with all these appearances by the senator due to his usual association with the likes of Bolivar Trask and William Stryker in the past. Going by a post credit scene which will be addressed later on one might say that Kelly could in fact be considered one of the primary antagonists of the entire series.

    Carrying on the differences from the past seasons this season had a more religious side to it or to be accurate a more question of belief. This was in display early on thanks to the dynamic of mutants Caliban (Toby Schmitz) and Mesmero (Burn Gorman). Both mutants who proclaimed to be devout followers of their god made for some compelling scenes thanks to their respective gifts. As in Caliban you had someone who was later referred to as a hell hound thanks to his gifts for locating other mutants. Meanwhile in Mesmero with his abilities to hypnotize you had the spokesman for god as he was able to recruit followers. This is what led them to Angel (Jackson Rathbone). The former X-Men who tragically had his wings damaged to the point of no repair in the previous season was a shadow of his former self. Now a heavy drinking, violent, surly and embittered individual which made him an ideal potential recruit in many ways for them. While he definitely hasn't been used as well as he could have been in previous seasons this season gave the character of Angel a chance to break out as it showed a darker more desperate edge to his character which led to this villainous turn. Of course in order to join them Angel would need some convincing.

    These early scenes also set up an interesting father and son dynamic which would feature across the season. As Angel soon got all the convincing he needed when he was brought to the temple of En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse (Kevin Grevioux). A commanding presence the second he arrives on screen Apocalypse very much commands respect from his servants. A tyrant to some and a messiah to others Apocalypse seems to harbor a modicum of respect towards Warren Worthington/Angel due to his strength of mind and sheer will. Because of this respect Apocalypse would make Angel his personal archangel as he granted him artificial wings to replace his damaged ones. It was here also we met several of Apocalypse's other followers known as The Dark Riders. This group led by Gauntlet (Langley Kirkwood) is comprised of Tusk (Joseph Gatt), Foxbat (Frederick Weller), Spyne (Tyson Sullivan) and Lifeforce (Valerie Curry). This group strongly followed the words of their god and very much acted as his loyal foot soldiers. It was here that more of Apocalypse's plans were unveiled as the ruler strongly believed in survival of the fittest and saw a world full of strong mutants all of whom he intended to use in his goal to eliminate the weaker species being humanity.

    Meanwhile in what seemed to be a recurring trend for this season with other character's receiving more prominent feature. The scenes at the X-Men mansion were not featuring Wolverine (Manu Bennett) for the first time. With Wolverine leaving at the end of season 3 following his battle with Sabretooth. He opted to leave in order to find out who he really was. The absence of Wolverine in these scenes allowed for a more prominent feature on a few of the newer additions to the X-Men family being Nightcrawler (Iwan Rheon), X-23 (India Eisley) and Rogue (Lyndsey Fonesca). All of whom had their own specific traits and characteristics with Rogue for example being a hardened, stubborn girl who deep down was afraid to let anyone in at risk of hurting them with her powers. Meanwhile in Nightcrawler you had a deeply religious character who was equally positive and light hearted making him a breath of fresh air for the series. While with X-23 there was a girl who for the first time in her life was experiencing what it was like to have kindness and friends after a harsh upbringing in the weapon plus program. Meanwhile also two of the more underused characters in the series so far Storm (Kerry Washington) and Beast (Tyler Hoechlin) were given more screen time. As both stepped up in their roles at the Xavier Institute and began to teach and mentor students in their own right.

    Concerned about the whereabouts of Logan, Jean Grey (Evan Rachel Wood) asked Charles Xavier (Terry O'Quinn) if he had tried using cerebro to find him. Jean's concern definitely appeared to bother her boyfriend Scott Summers/Cyclops (Ian Somerholder). This of course continued the story of a potential love triangle as well as the burgeoning anger Cyclops held to Logan. Despite the loss of one of their strongest members the team had to carry on with their work as normal. This included a spate of disappearances of mutants across the globe including Angel. This news was brought to them by an old friend of Charles, Moira MacTaggert (Winona Ryder). A former love interest of Charles who has since become a leading authority of Genetic Mutation. With her work in the government Moira had proved a valuable ally to Charles over the years and she did so here as she surprised Charles with the news that these disappearances are believed not to be the work of the Brotherhood who are said to be remaining quiet at the moment.

    This quiet phase was down to the orders of Magneto (Mads Mikkelsen). Showing a different side to his personality than we had seen previously from him in the last few. Magneto despite his want for mutant supremacy showed his level of care for all mutants and his level for respect for Charles as he sought to genuinely do what he could for his Brotherhood. This included toying with the idea of having the Brotherhood actually join the X-Men. This news seemed to affect all the group differently with the likes of Mystique (Yvonne Strahoski), Pyro (Jake Abel) and Avalanche (Alex O'Loughlin) all seeming rather against it. Whereas Magneto's children Quicksiler (Alex Pettyfer) and Scarlett Witch (Ruth Wilson) both liked the idea of all mutants coming together. Meanwhile new recruit Gambit (Alexander Skarsgaard) was fine with any idea that benefited him.

    Of course it would soon be revealed that these abductions and later murders of mutants across the world were in fact the work of Apocalypse and his Dark Riders. Sending them out to find and test mutants to see if they were worthy of following him. Apocalypse hadn't found many so far who he did consider worthy. However what he did gain was his four horseman from this recruitment. This included Autumn Rolfson/Famine (Danielle Harris) who was capable of disintegrating organic matter while also inducing extreme hunger to those she chooses, Plague/Pestilence (Amanda Plummer) who was capable of absorbing and spreading any disease to people she came into contact with, Psylocke/War (Katharine Isabelle) a mutant with telekinetic abilities capable of using her powers to create deadly weapons and lastly Sunfire/Death (Lee Byung Hun) who was capable of generating plasma which he uses to release as force blasts from his hands.

    Despite the news that the brotherhood wasn't involved it didn't stop Charles reaching out to Magneto. In a scene reminiscent from the pilot episode of Fox's Marvel program. While Marvel has limited the solo scenes between Charles and Erik. It has to be said that every time the two have been put together they are some of the most well acted scenes. In this scene the two mutants spoke to one another with great respect albeit a slight hint of tension as Charles remained unsure of Erik's motivations. That is until Erik gave Charles permission to enter his mind and see for himself. Concerned in regards to the potential threat towards all of them Charles made the decision to bring Erik back to the mansion where Magneto came face to face with Moira. There was a past teased here as well as there was a noted coldness between the two. As they discussed the disappearances and the threat to mutants everywhere again Jean would intercept things and urge Charles to use cerebro in order to reach out to Wolverine. In making this decision Charles and Magneto finally got a look at just who they were up against. Because when they used cerebro to hone in on Logan's location they found him in battle with the Dark Riders who were yet again looking to test another mutant.

    Seeing Logan in trouble The X-Men along with Magneto headed for the X-Jet and began to make their way to rescue their ally. Meanwhile in battle the Dark Riders showed their lack of restraint for the weak also applied to one another as Wolverine was able to viciously decapitate Spyne and mortally wound Foxbat. With Foxbat hurt Lifeforce would drain the remaining life from him but as she did this Apocalypse would appear before Wolverine along with Archangel, Mesmero and Caliban. Impressed with the ferocity displayed by Wolverine, Apocalypse detailed his plans for making the world stronger. At first it seemed Wolverine was unsure of Apocalypse's words but thanks to an assist by Mesmero, Wolverine soon joined the cause as the X-Jet showed up. Coming face to face with Apocalypse for the first time both Charles and Magneto seemed stunned by the sheer power they could feel from this mutant. Again Apocalypse spoke of his plans for his new world as he looked to invite the X-Men and Magneto to join him.

    When they refused his offer it was here that we saw the more ruthless side of Apocalypse as he ordered his riders to attack The X-Men. Along with Wolverine and Angel who complied with his orders the remaining Dark Riders attacked. While the X-Men appeared to be hesitant to hurt their friends it was clear that neither Wolverine or Angel had the same concern that is until Magneto pinned Wolverine to the ground allowing Cyclops to knock him out following an optic blast. Angel however proved to be a different challenge as he was completely devout to the ways of Apocalypse and attacked his former friends without any remorse. However soon a third party would join the group as a mutant known as Bishop (Michael Jai White) led his team comprised of Warpath (Anthony Ruivivar) and Moonstar (Q'orianka Kilcher) into the fray. The trio quickly established themselves as potential allies for Charles and his team as Warpath managed to kill both Gauntlet and Tusk meanwhile a combination of Moonstar and Bishop was able to destroy Angel's new wings thanks to an energy blast by Bishop. This would lead to Angel falling to his death while Apocalypse, Caliban, Mesmero and Lifeforce made their exit.

    Due to the increase of mutant on mutant violence thanks to the dark riders efforts, Robert Kelly's hatred towards mutants grew as he urged citizens and members of the senate to agree to his mutant registration act idea. This idea would of course bring him into frequent conflict with Moira McTaggert as well as Hank McCoy/Beast who were doing all they could together in an effort to turn mutant publicity around. Meanwhile having rescued Wolverine from the clutches of Apocalypse, Jean Grey did her best with her abilities to pull him from Mesmero's spell. As this happened Charles Xavier and Magneto spoke with Bishop. Explaining how he come from a dystopian future under Apocalypse's rule. Bishop explained that he had come back to this time with his allies in an effort to change history from the horrors they face back home. Allowing Charles to enter his mind we saw glimpses of this horrific time in which Apocalypse was ruling. This included a new form of sentinel robot designed to eliminate those deemed too weak by Apocalypse. While at first The X-Men was unsure of Bishop thanks to Charles' endorsement him and his group were soon welcome allies.

    While the X-Men also looked to regroup and help welcome Logan back into the fray. Focus then turned to Apocalypse and his group. Dismayed at the fall of many of his dark riders Apocalypse made the decision to bring his Horsemen into the field. However in private we saw a different side to this ruthless tyrant. As in private the so called god of mutants had concerns and fears of his own. This includes a noted chink in his armor which it appeared that only Caliban and Mesmero were truly aware of. Of course he didn't have much time to focus on that weakness which was kept quiet for now as instead he and his group opted to look elsewhere for followers. With the X-Men turning him down Apocalypse and his team showed up before the Brotherhood. Claiming to be impressed with the mutants ways in the past. Apocalypse extended an offer to the Brotherhood and Magneto to join his side. Now while you may assume these two villains could work together with their hatred of humanity. Having seen Apocalypse and his group in action before Magneto refused as there was a noted difference between the two. While Magneto wanted prosperity and cared for all mutants. Apocalypse only favored the strong.

    However while the likes of Magneto, Mystique and Scarlet Witch knew better than to join his cause. Meanwhile the likes of Avalance, Pyro and Quicksilver all remained unsure. However Gambit true to his what suits himself nature on display earlier was quick to join Apocalypse and his team. Branding the conflicted and the refuters weak Apocalypse and his horsemen attacked the brotherhood in a battle which would also determine just where the loyalties of the undecided would lie. As in a shocking scene a combination of Plague inflicting her with sickness would weaken Scarlet Witch and allow Psylocke to stab her through the chest with one of her swords. While the Brotherhood would watch on in horror as she collapsed to the floor dying. As Apocalypse and his team made their leave a vengeful Magneto promised he would kill the god.

    As he returned to his base with his horsemen Apocalpse surprisingly would collapse. This again went back to that weakness from earlier. His followers shocked at his weakened state it was revealed that while Apocalypse cannot die. His body can and before it does he needs a new host which is why he has gathered this array of followers. To not only help him achieve his vision of taking over the world once and for all but to also help him find a vessel which can host his body. Aiding him in this quest was of course Caliban who thanks to his abilities had managed to find a few potential mutants suitable of containing his power. Meanwhile Lifeforce had been aiding him by stealing the lifeforce of some of her victims and passing it onto Apocalypse. Of course the question would come just what mutants could potentially harbor the power of apocalypse. Several names were then mentioned for a variety of reasons including Magneto, Charles Xavier, Wolverine, Jean Grey and Rogue.

    While Apocalypse's minions began to plot their next move, A grieving Magneto and the remaining members of the Brotherhood met up with the X-Men. With vengeance purely on his mind Magneto made it clear that he was fully intending to bring death to Apocalypse. Meanwhile having done her research onto the mutant himself Moira McTaggert proved herself to be a valuable ally to the group as she provided some backstory to Apocalypse. Revealing that there have been stories of En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse since ancient egypt. This includes reports of him over the years at times of great conflict in the world. With the reports she has seen stating that is believed he is the cause of many of this conflict and war. This tied in with what details Bishop had been able to provide to the group as they gained more knowledge on their foe. Knowledge that would soon have to be put to use as Lifeforce, Mesmero, Caliban, Gambit and the Horsemen arrived on the outskirts of the Xavier institute.

    With Apocalypse notably absent from the proceedings it was clear that his followers had a mission to achieve. As they looked to gain a potential transplant for Apocalypse while eliminating everything and everyone that got in their way. What followed was an impressive, action packed war between the opposing mutant factions which would see casualties taken on both sides. Early on in the battle the abilities of Famine and Plague played heavily into effect as they weakened all attackers for their heavy hitters. During the process it appeared that Psylocke would execute Shadowcat when in a surprising degree of self sacrifice Avalanche would step between the two and be impaled by Psylocke's blade. This of course played on some past build of a potential attraction between Avalanche and Shadowcat which in turn caused his death. Meanwhile in another surprising degree of selflessness Mystique heavily fought to protect both Nightcrawler and Rogue from Famine's onslaught. With Famine fully targeting Mystique with her abilities she would soon be destroyed thanks to Wolverine who cut her in half with his claws.

    In his first scenes in conflict Gambit proved himself to be a skilled combatant as he busted out both his trademark staff and cards from the comics to combat the likes of Beast and Cyclops. However things would change when Gambit came fact to face with Rogue. Similar to what was mentioned earlier with Avalanche and Shadowcat, there was a notable chemistry and connection between the two. One which would later play into a heavy effect as Plague looked to target Rogue only to have Gambit surprisingly rescue her from the battle field. This turn would allow a vengeful Mystique the opportunity to snap the neck of Plague killing her once and for all. As their numbers began to fall Apocalypse's minions started to flee choosing to fight another day. That would be apart from Mesmero who found himself out matched mentally by the abilities of Jean Grey. This would render Mesmero helpless and soon at the mercy of Magneto.

    Because in some brutal scenes that followed Magneto with the knowledge of Mesmero's abilities to manipulate others. Instead of letting Charles and Jean just enter his mind and risk seeing a manipulated vision of Apocalypse. Magneto opted to torture Mesmero as he was clearly taking out the anger of his daughter's death on the mutant. While Magneto's methods raised a question of morality among some of the mutants. Having seen the power of Apocalypse and his team plus his designs on the world. It was accepted as a necessary evil and one which would pay off as eventually Mesmero would spill his guts about everything he knew. From where Apocalypse was hiding to his weakness and need of a host. With this news the X-Men realized that now is the time to strike and defeat Apocalypse. Having told them all he knew Mesmero was a defeated man who was quickly put out of his misery as Magneto impaled him with several knives.

    In the run up to the final battle a few key scenes were then shown. One of which involved Senator Robert Kelly again use the goings on in the mutant community to promote his latest idea of a mutant registration act. An act which has been heavily funded by a mysterious individual known as Graydon Creed (Milo Ventimiglia). Also shown was a scene between Mystique and Wolverine in which Mystique surprisingly made a revelation to her long time foe. As after being questioned by wolverine she revealed that both Rogue and Nightcrawler were in fact her children. She would curiously also mention that she had one other out there but that they must never know that she is their mother out of fear that they would reject her for the things she had done. With the location of Apocalypse's tomb in egypt where he was set to slumber and rest knowing that as the years pass his opposition will grow old and weak. The X-Men team consisting of Charles, Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Storm, Jean, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Iceman, Shadowcat, Colossus and X-23 were joined by Magneto, Mystique, Pyro, Gambit as well as Bishop, Warpath and Moonstar in the quinjet to head to the location.

    As they arrived in Egypt and at Apocalypse's tomb they would find it heavily guarded by some low level new members of the dark riders who were led by Caliban. Also guarding Apocalypse was Psylocke and Sunfire while Apocalypse was inside his tomb with Lifeforce who was again granting him life with her abilities. This ensuing battle would be more intense than the last as there was this brooding sense of the unknown and a feeling that anyone could die. It made for suspenseful viewing as in a shocking moment Sunfire was able to overcome the powers of Moonstar and use his abilities to shockingly kill both her and Warpath. His actions would soon cost him though as Sunfire was soon brought down thanks to a combination of Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Storm with Bishop delivering the final blow to gain revenge for the loss of his friends. Unfortunately before any success could be had a more tragic moment followed as Nightcrawler similar to Scarlet Witch earlier was cut down by Psylocke.

    Falling to the ground Nightcrawler was caught by a horrified Mystique who was soon joined by Rogue as the X-Men looked on stunned. As Mystique said a tearful goodbye it was revealed that Nightcrawler did in fact know of his parentage and in his last words he revealed to Rogue that he was her brother and that she like him was a child of Mystique's. Angered by the loss of her friends Storm sent down several bolts of Lightning to Psylocke with one blow knocking her off her feet before she was viciously mauled by Beast killing her. Meanwhile with the dark riders easily defeated once more Caliban would also be killed thanks to a combination attack from Pyro and Iceman who seemingly put their rivalry aside for the time being. Although while this battle may have seemed a success in some aspects. It also acted as a diversion for Apocalypse who had seemingly grown stronger thanks to Lifeforce's efforts.

    This strength would allow him to enter the fight and on his own his true powers were on display. These abilities including Super Strength, Telekinesis, Energy Blasts, Shape Shifting, Flight, telepathy and speed. Making him both a physical and mental threat for all those who stood across from him. This marked a strong improvement from the past seasons of the X-Men series as we finally saw a truly powerful and threatening antagonist both physically and mentally to the team and one who was shockingly able to take the fight to all the mutants involved. However soon a chink in his armor would be found as while Apocalypse at his power could beat any who stand in front of him, his abilities began to take a toll on his host. This would cause Lifeforce again to emerge from the shadows and look to strengthen him however this time she would be struck down and killed by Quicksilver. With his power source gone Apocalypse soon found himself overwhelmed and out matched thanks to his host being drained. From here after enduring physical attacks from the likes of beast, cyclops, wolverine, X-23, Pyro, Iceman, Gambit among others as well as mental attacks by the likes of Charles and Jean. Apocalypse soon found his armor torn from him by Magneto.

    As Apocalypse fell to his knees he began to muse that even in his host's death he could not be killed. That is until Magneto revealed that they didn't plan on killing Apocalypse. Instead they had other plans and it was here that the true strength of Jean Grey came into play as using her abilities combined with Charles they was able to trap Apocalypse once and for all in an astral plane where he would be doomed to spend eternity. Following the defeat of Apocalypse all the mutants returned home were they buried all their friends and loved ones who fell in the battles to save the world. A surprising offer would then be made by Charles to Magneto for him and his Brotherhood to join the X-Men. One which after much deliberation the group would surprisingly accept with a touching moment being Mystique promising to make up for lost time with her daughter. Another surprise would be that of Bishop agreeing to stick around in this time with the promise that while he wouldn't join the X-Men as he needed to find himself in this new world, that he'd be there if he needed them.

    This would bring an end to another season of the X-Men story as part of Fox's Marvel Universe. While still not perfect, the show definitely showed some great signs of improvement this time round especially with it's designs on improving the character's of some of it's lesser focused stars. As per marvel custom a single post credit scene would then be shown with a embittered Robert Kelly in his office having his proposal for a mutant registration act rejected. Kelly would soon be joined by Graydon Creed who harbored a similar hate of mutants for unknown reasons. In a brief speech Creed stated that an act isn't enough to bring down the mutants but that he has another plan. One which first needs the world to have the right motivation to go along with. The scene would then cut out with Kelly nodding his head in agreement stating he is willing to do whatever it takes to stop the mutants.

    Charles Xavier/Professor X - Played by Terry O'Quinn
    Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto - Played by Mads Mikkelsen
    Scott Summers/Cyclops - Played by Ian Somerholder
    Raven Darkholme/Mystique - Played by Yvonne Strahovski
    Jean Grey - Played by Evan Rachel Wood
    James Howlett/Wolverine - Played by Manu Bennett
    Hank McCoy/Beast - Played by Tyler Hoechlin
    Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver - Played by Alex Pettyfer
    Ororo Monroe/Storm - Played by Kerry Washington
    Robert Kelly - Played by Leland Orser
    Bobby Drake/Iceman - Played by Kyle Gallner
    John Allardyce/Pyro - Played by Jake Abel
    Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat - Played by Leighton Meester
    Piotr Rasputin/Colossus - Played by Alexander Ludwig
    Laura Kinney/X23 - Played by India Eisley
    Remy Labeau/Gambit - Played by Alexander Skarsgard
    Bishop - Played by Michael Jai White
    Anna Marie/Rogue - Played by Lyndsey Fonesca
    Moira McTaggert - Played by Winona Ryder (Guest Star)
    Graydon Creed - Played by Milo Ventimiglia


    Warren Worthington/Angel - Played by Jackson Rathbone - Killed by Bishop
    Apocalypse - Played by Kevin Grevioux
    Mesmero - Played by Burn Gorman - Killed by Magneto
    Caliban - Played by Toby Schmitz - Killed by Iceman
    Sunfire/Death - Played by Lee Byung Hun- Killed by Bishop
    Plague/Pestilence - Played by Amanda Plummer - Killed by Mystique
    Autumn Rolfson/Famine - Played by Danielle Harris - Killed by Wolverine
    Psylocke/War - Played by Katharine Isabelle - Killed by Beast
    Gauntlet - Played by Langley Kirkwood - Killed by Warpath
    Foxbat - Played by Frederick Weller - Killed by Lifeforce
    Tusk - Played by Joseph Gatt - Killed by Warpath
    Spyne - Played by Tyson Sullivan - Killed by Wolverine
    Lifeforce - Played by Valerie Curry - Killed by Quicksilver
    Dominikos Petrakis/Avalanche - Played by Alex O'Loughlin - Killed by Psylocke
    Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler - Played by Iwan Rheon - Killed by Psylocke
    Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch - Played by Ruth Wilson - Killed by Psylocke
    Danielle Moonstar - Played by Q'orianka Kilcher - Killed by Sunfire
    Warpath - Played by Anthony Ruivivar - Killed by Sunfire

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    X-Men Season 5 confirmed - Plot revealed - New characters announced

    Following the completion of season 4 of X-Men. It is not surprising that a fifth season has been confirmed. This season is set to be a turning point of the series as it will not only focus on the mutant landscape now that the Brotherhood is no more and has joined the X-Men. While also focusing heavily on Graydon Creed's plot against the mutants.

    Jon Hamm as Jason Wyngarde
    A mysterious benefactor of Graydon Creed who has been believed to have been apart of Creed's life for many years. Just what Wyngarde's agenda is has yet to be revealed but what is known is that Wyngarde has been heavily apart of Creed's planning for his moment. Playing the role of Wyngarde will be Mad Men star Jon Hamm.

    Winona Ryder as Moira MacTaggert
    Having appeared as a guest star in the previous season it is no surprise to see Moira MacTaggert officially confirmed as a star for this coming season. A leading authority on Genetic mutation, Mactaggert is one of the few human allies the X-Men has. It is also believed that she has a long past with both Charles and Erik. Playing the role of Moira will of course be Stranger Things actress Winona Ryder.

    Kevin Durand as Juggernaught
    Described as quite possibly one of the strongest and powerful beings on earth. The man known formerly as Cain Marko is in fact the step brother of Charles Xavier and is someone that Charles has long believed to be dead. That is until he resurfaces under the moniker of Juggernaught in a series of brutal mutant attacks as he looks for revenge on his step brother. Playing the role of Cain will be The Strain actor Kevin Durand.

    Josh Blackler as Omega Red
    A cruel, violent and sadistic individual. Arkady Rossovich was once sentenced to death with only his later discovered mutant abilities saving him. From here he was heavily experimented on with a variation of the Weapon X program. This has turned him into the deadly cyborg known only as Omega Red who begins to appear in several vicious mutant attacks. Playing the role of Rossovich will be The Marine 4 actor Josh Blackler.

    Jaqueline Toboni as Fatale
    A deadly teleporting mutant known only as Fatale. The female mutant is a highly feared assassin with no known ties who begins participating in several mutant attacks across New York for reasons unknown. Playing the role of Fatale will be Grimm actress Jaqueline Toboni.

    James Patrick Stuart as Jamie Madrox
    A former mutant private eye. Jamie Madrox aka Multiple Man. With an ability to duplicate himself this is how Madrox has earned his name. While for most part a mutant who keeps to himself and his cases. Lately Madrox has uncharacteristically been apart of some high profile mutant attacks. Playing Madrox will be Supernatural actor James Patrick Stuart.

    Fredric Lehne as Roderick Campbell
    Rounding out the cast will be a scientist who works for Jason Wyngarde known as Roderick Campbell. The scientist who has long focused his work on mutants. Is believed to be working on some highly classified projects for Wyngarde as part of Graydon Creed's agenda. Playing the role of Campbell will be Supernatural actor Fredric Lehne.

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    X-Force show officially confirmed - Plot revealed - Characters announced

    It has been rumored for a while that an X-Force show would begin production soon in the Fox Marvel universe. With characters such as Deadpool (Wade Wilson), Cable (Stephen Lang), Domino (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Fantomex (Cheyenne Jackson) all announced previously. It can now be confirmed that there will in fact be an X-Force show in the coming future. The show will very much focus on Cable putting the militant, mutant team together to battle enemies to mutant kind worldwide.

    Colin Farrell as Black Tom Cassidy
    A cousin of former X-Men member Banshee (Joseph Gilgun). It is said that Tom Cassidy walks with a slight limp to this day because of a run in with his cousin. A noted mutant terrorist and extremist. Black Tom Cassidy has the ability to generate concussive blasts from a Shillelagh he carries on his person at all times. Along with this it is believed that he has some healing abilities. Playing the role of Cassidy will be True Detective, Fantastic Beasts and Miami Vice star Colin Farrell.

    Luke Arnold as Matthew Risman
    A former soldier who served under William Stryker (James Woods). Matthew Risman in many ways is the successor to Stryker when it comes to mutant hate groups. The leader of an outspoken mutant protest group known as the purifiers. Risman's methods begin to grow more extreme overtime as he begins to closely follow the path of his mentor. Playing Risman will be Black Sails actor Luke Arnold.

    David Wenham as Henry Gyrich
    An ambitious politician and known thorn in the side of mutants. Despite his public denial it has long been believed that Henry Gyrich is in fact a member of the Purifiers. His outspoken nature and rumored political ties however may come back to bite him as he is believed to be in the crosshairs of many mutants. Playing the role of Gyrich will be Lord of the Rings actor David Wenham.

    Lakeith Stanfield as Deathlok
    A former soldier who was severely wounded in battle. After suffering these severe injuries which should have in theory killed him. The soldier found his consciousness and brain implanted into the body of a cyborg known as Deathlok granting him a new lease on life. A powerful cyborg with enhanced strength and speed as well as the ability to fire off energy blasts. Deathlok unsurprisingly is someone that Cable looks to recruit immediately for the X-Force. Playing Deathlok will be Get Out actor Lakeith Stanfield.

    Dichen Lachman as Maria Callasantos/Feral
    A mutant with an incredibly bloody past. Feral by power, nature and name. It is said before her mutation took hold Maria had a rough childhood in an abusive home which hasn't helped this blood first inside of her. Thus making her a rather reluctant member of the team who others find hard to trust. Playing the role of Feral will be Agents of Shield actress Dichen Lachman.

    Liam Mcintyre as Cannonball
    Born Samuel Guthrie, The mutant later known as Cannonball was forced to grow up and provide for his large family quickly following the death of his father. Following in his father's footsteps as a coal miner. It would be during a cave in that Samuel discovered his ability to propel himself in the air like a human rocket. Playing the role of Cannonball will be Spartacus actor Liam McIntrye.

    Thomas Dominique as Killjoy
    A technologically enhanced Mutant and Mercenary. There is little known about the individual known as Killjoy apart from the fact that he is currently in the employ of Black Tom Cassidy. A master of weapons in particular swords as well as skilled in the art of stealth. Killjoy is a dangerous foe for the X-Force in it's early days. Playing Killjoy will be Black Mirror actor Thomas Dominique.

    Margaret Qualley as Boom Boom
    A young mutant who has only truly began to discover her true potential. Boom Boom aka Tabitha Smith is described as a troubled girl who has recently escaped the clutches of her abusive family. However these experiences have made her emotionally unstable and a volatile individual. Which combined with her ability to create energy bombs. Make her a dangerous addition to the team. Playing the role of Boom Boom will be Leftovers actress Margaret Qualley.

    Zach McGowan as Forge
    Born to a Cheyenne Tribe and gifted with Shaman Potential. Forge is not only gifted with mystical abilities from his tribe but also the ability to build anything he can think of. This ability he calls his Mechanical energy. Playing the role of Forge will be Black Sails and Agents of Shield actor Zach McGowan.

    Chris Zylka as Shatterstar
    A refugee from another world. The individual known as Shatterstar possesses several abilities to his credit. This includes enhanced physical attributes which have helped develop his militant mindset as well as the ability to produce shockwaves. Playing the role of Shatterstar will be Amazing Spiderman actor Chris Zylka.

    Chord Overstreet as Rictor
    The son of an arms dealer. The mutant known as Rictor grew up traumatized having witnessed his own father's death at the hands of criminals. A powerful mutant with the ability to create seismic vibrations. Rictor is currently believed to be in a relationship with fellow X-Force member Shatterstar. Playing Rictor will be Glee actor Chord Overstreet.

    Abigail Lawrie as Siryn
    The daughter of Black Tom Cassidy. The mutant known as Siyrn originally was sent to the states by her father to protect her from his criminal activities but on discovering her own powers, She began to aid her father in his activities. A powerful mutant with a deadly sonic scream. Siryn is entirely loyal to her father. Playing Siryn will be Tin Star actress Abigail Lawrie.

    Hilary Swank as Selene Gallio
    A mysterious woman and associate of Black Tom Cassidy. It is unknown just what Selene Gallio's connection to Cassidy and his agenda is. What is believed however is that Gallio is apart of a secret society. One which currently shares interests with Cassidy. Playing Selene is Million Dollar Baby star Hilary Swank

    Alexis Denisof as Harry Leland
    A powerfully connected individual and high roller. Harry Leland similar to Selene Gallio is believed to be apart of a long secret society. What is known as well is that with his power there are also many criminal ties with Leland believed to be a main backer of Black Tom's activities. Playing the role of Leland will be Grimm actor Alexis Denisof.

    Brenan Hines as Frederick Von Roehm
    A reclusive and highly privatized member of this society. The man known as Fredrick Von Roehm is known to usually have a stand in attend any meetings and such for unknown reasons. Thus making him in some manner a veritable ghost. Playing the role of Roehm will be Lie to Me actor Brendan Hines.

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    The Defenders Season 2 ~ The Hand

    It is safe to say in these season reviews of Fox's Marvel projects that there is definitely work to be done in some shows more than others. As while series like Spiderman have consistently delivered and other new miniseries like Blade and Ghost Rider have earned their fair share of plaudits. Others such as the X-Men series and the first Defenders series have had their noted struggles. With many feeling that the past series of the Defenders tried to accomplish too much within the confines of it's twelve episode season. That's why when it was announced this time round would focus more on a singular narrative there was high hopes for the second season of the show not only for changes for the positive but also for it's stellar cast. Continuing on a trend from the previous season it has to be said that if there was a true main character or lead star of the Defenders it would be Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Shane West). Unlike the previous season which dealt with Murdock's conflicted personality in regards to his actions both as the lawyer and vigilante. This time round it would be all about how those around him now deal with the knowledge of his secret identity.

    Another noted differential in this season as well as Matt's relationships was of course the fact that whereas last time we had a group of individual heroes all forced together. This time round having overcome what they had previously, The Heroes known as the Defenders while not exactly friends in some cases at least now knew they could work together. Curiously this season opened up with a trial in which Matt Murdock as well as Foggy Nelson (Adam DeVine) looked to convince a judge in a private court of the guilt of Comanche, Willis Stryker and Shades. While none of the three individuals were shown it was claimed that the three had committed a spate of crimes which included Stryker and Shades helping Comanche escape from prison all under the orders of a "Man in Purple". While the Judge seemed inclined to at first side with Nelson and Murdock, the arrival of defense lawyer Maki Matsumoto (Rila Fukushima) would throw a spanner in the works. As thanks to some legal technicalities she preyed on, She was able to make all three walk three. However later on it became apparent this wasn't so much to release them from prison but more as part of The Hand's goal of observing Matt Murdock. As later in a meeting attended by Matsumoto, the heads of the Hand gathered to talk of their future goals. Also present at this meeting was Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin (Tony Todd), Martin Li/Mister Negative (Masa Yamaguchi), Shingen Yashida (Ken Watanabe), Bakuto (Maurice Compte) and the leader of the hand Kagenabu Yoshioka (Brian Tee) who was always accompanied by his second Sasaki (Cung Le).

    An imposing, intimidating not to mention remorseless figure. Yoshioka made a difference to some of the villains who appeared in the Defenders previously as instead of craving power or money or control. He instead was more of a zealot and a prophet who devoutly believed in the Hand's prophecy to raise the Beast. Unfortunately the same couldn't be said for the rest of the group as while the likes of Bakuto and Sasaki seemed equally as strong in their beliefs. From later conversations it become apparent that Matsumoto was dubious of the spirituality while Fisk and Negative looked at the Hand as means of building back their criminal empires. Meanwhile Yashida had clearly joined the group out of a fear of the powered individuals in the world now. Dismissing any talks of profits or the future Yoshioka instead seemed to be fully focused on Daredevil. As he stated that the Hand have been watching him for a long while and slowly infiltrating his circle, Yoshioka turned to Matsumoto and stated she had tested him as a professional. Now it's time to test him outside of the court room. Meanwhile Yoshioka also made it clear that now was the time to eliminate his circle and take everything from him.

    This surprisingly started out with Melvin Potter/Gladiator (Kirk Acevedo). The troubled costume maker who was once a vigilante in his own right found his workshop besieged by a couple of unknown assassins who looked to kill him and those he loved. Unfortunately for them they was no prepared for his brutality once he stepped inside the suit. Sadly this marked a tragic end for Potter as a character as his anger and mistrust at the world would see him go on a rampage once more. After coming face to face with and nearly killing Oscar Clemons (Orlando Jones). Gladiator had another face off with Daredevil as he branded him a liar and someone who he thought was a friend. Having failed in talking Melvin down, a reluctant Daredevil was left with no choice but to beat down his former ally before allowing him to be arrested. In his closing words Potter made it clear that this would not be the end of it with him and Daredevil. Meanwhile following the Hand's meeting Wilson Fisk found himself confronted by Bullseye (Jeffrey Donovan). The assassin still harbored a hatred to the Devil who made him miss for the first time and had since obsessed about killing him. Of course Fisk true to the meeting's declaration made it clear that for now he was to leave the Devil alone as instead there was a much bigger picture ahead.

    That bigger picture would lead to Matsumoto suiting up as Lady Bullseye and ruthlessly attacking Daredevil. Showing no concern of hiding her own identity, Maki made it clear that she knew just who was under the mask as well. In a surprisingly short fight it appeared that Lady Bullseye had in fact bested Daredevil but as she prepared to deliver the final blow, a sai penetrated her chest and heart having been thrown by Elektra. As a dying Lady Bullseye collapsed on the ground Elektra and Daredevil united once more as she warned him that this was the work of the hand and that they are coming for him. Elektra then revealed to Matt that there was someone waiting to meet him. This would in turn lead to the introduction of Stick (Kris Kristofferson). The mentor and trainer of Daredevil, there was definitely a noted coolness between Matt and his former mentor which would be later revealed as a difference in beliefs. However this was not the only introduction in this scene as fellow Chaste member Stone (Ian Whyte) was also unveiled as well as an individual tied to a chair. This individual was quickly identified by both a stunned Matt and an equally surprised Elektra as one Master Izo (Hiroyuki Sanada). Filling in the blanks of what is going on Stick stated that Izo was a founding member of the Chaste whose sworn goal of course was to combat the hand.

    However in reality Izo was a sleeper agent who over the years has done severe damage to the chaste. Gloating despite his predicament Izo delights at the fact that the Chaste is losing this war and that because of his work now all that remains is Stick and Stone. Now in Izo's words that the Chaste is all but vanquished, the beast shall finally rise. As his ranting begins to grow more and more apparent, Stick finally puts an end to Izo by decapitating him. A tense argument would then follow between Stick and Daredevil over Stick's methods of cold blooded murder. This looked to be the difference between the two with Elektra meanwhile happy to sit on the fence as a medium. While not the main characters of the series prominent focus was also given to Foggy Nelson who was now the acting district attorney following the previous season as well as his new assistant Karen Page (Maggie Grace). The duo clearly had conflicting feelings on Matt's work as Daredevil with Foggy looking over some of the damage Matt had done as the vigilante while Karen remained defensive that Matt is only trying to help. Supporting her in this belief was Ben Urich (David Duchovny) with the duo reaching out to the best private investigator they know in order to research The Hand.

    This decision put Karen into contact with Jessica Jones (Alexandria Daddario). The heavy drinking, anti social, problematic heroine was in the middle of recovering from the night before when Karen approached her. This led to Jessica rather impolitely telling her to leave after promising to look into things. Her definition of looking into things was in turn reaching out to the remaining members of the Defenders namely Luke Cage (Chad Coleman), White Tiger (Monica Raymund) and Iron Fist (Dan Stevens). On hearing the mention of the group only Rand had prior interaction with the group as he claimed that his old teachers told him of this group that had been around for centuries and claimed to worship a beast. Of course this story was quickly brushed off by both Luke Cage and Jessica Jones as ridiculous while White Tiger seemed a little bit more believing of the tale.

    After Lady Bullseye had failed and been killed at the hands of Elektra, a decision was made by Wilson Fisk. Reaching out to Bullseye himself Fisk revealed that the earlier attack on Murdock was a test to see Elektra's loyalties. In her decision to spare Matt and kill Lady Bullseye, Elektra has proven that her loyalties do in fact lie elsewhere. Which is why Wilson Fisk wants Bullseye to kill her. Without any hesitation Bullseye agrees and begins to plan his attack. Meanwhile while one Hand assassin began to plan his attack another had already launched his because for the first time this season we got our first clash between Danny Rand/Iron Fist and Davos/Steel Serpent (Manuel Garcia Rulfo). As it was revealed that both Rand and Davos had trained under Lei Kung at K'un-Lun. However it was the decision to make Danny the Iron Fist as opposed to Davos that sent him over the edge and forced him to become the Steel Serpent with his design being to take the power of the Iron Fist for himself. While the fight was brief it was clear that both men were evenly matched skill wise however there was a noted anger and ruthlessness not to mention brutality in the combat of Serpent which made him very much different to what we'd seen in the traditional martial arts skill set of Rand. The only reason Rand was not overcome by his foe in this battle was thanks to his use of the Iron Fist Punch to send Davos crashing through a window. Of course when Rand went to see the status of Davos there was no body left on the ground.

    Following this battle Rand along with Luke Cage and Jessica Jones would join Daredevil as they met with Stick. Despite their earlier lack of belief in the mysticism of the hand both Jessica and Luke to their credit were willing at least to listen to Stick's warnings about the groups capabilities and their influence. It would be then that Stick would introduce two new allies he had scouted for the Defenders in Misty Knight (Lyndie Greenwood) and Colleen Wing (Juju Chan). After introducing themselves as the Daughters of the Dragon. We would get some backstory on both girls as we found out that Wing had come to America in order to avenge the death of her grandfather by the Hand. In her journey and pursuit of revenge she was rescued by Misty Knight when things got too tough for her alone. However tragically a later explosion believed to also be the work of the Hand would cause Misty to lose her arm. Since then however Misty has been given a bionic prosthetic arm and has began working privately with Colleen.

    While the Defenders welcomed these two new members of the team. Another member notably missing from the proceedings founds herself in battle with one of the Hand. As Elektra was attacked by Hand assassin Kuroyama (Gary Daniels). Looking to collect on the bounty placed on Elektra, Kuroyama easily proved himself as a physical threat to the former Hand assassin as he easily threw her around the alleyway they did battle in. Ever the resilient combatant however Elektra despite sustaining some damage slowly was able to wear down and cut down Kuroyama before driving one of her sais through the throat of Kuroyama. Unfortunately in her weakened state Elektra found herself confronted by Bullseye. The following battle was straight out of the comic books and had the same tragic ending with Bullseye impaling Elektra with her own Sai.

    In shocking scenes that would follow Matt Murdock would return to his home and find the mortally wounded Elektra strewn across his floor. Upset as he cradled his dying former love in his arms Matt and Elektra shared a tearful farewell. Driven by his grief Matt much to the concern of his friends very much began shunning his professional life and focusing more on getting revenge for Elektra. This new found anger would cause much concern for Foggy Nelson who had began to struggle internally with justifying his friends behavior as his work as the DA increased. Meanwhile Karen for her part struggled with her feelings for Matt as she clearly was worried about the man he was becoming. Meanwhile having eliminated Elektra, The Hand heads gathered for another meeting with Yoshioka praising their efforts thus far at taking from Daredevil. However before much more could be said the group would be confronted by Steel Serpent who demanded a rematch with the Iron Fist promising this time to kill him. Nodding his head Yoshioka told Serpent to take everything from him.

    As the season progressed we also saw a little more focus in the personal life of Danny Rand. Now having to also act as a professional himself at Rand-Meachum Inc. Danny would find his relationship with former friend and love interest Joy Meachum (Jennifer Carpenter) growing steadily more confrontational. This was down to the angered and grieving Joy beginning to blame Danny for the loss of her family plus the pressures she faced now as the CEO of the company. This in turn would see her surprisingly begin to be swayed by Davos/Steel Serpent who of course was in fact the man who killed her brother. Despite her anger at this act Joy did seem to agree that Rand was a common problem and one who must be handled. Meanwhile while the Hand's plot to take down Iron Fist became apparent, The Hand's plot for Ava Ayala/White Tiger was a little more surprising. Because returning home Ava would find herself confronted by Bakuto. The Hand head spoke calmly to Ava as he mentioned how he was familiar with the customs of her family and the power of the White Tiger. Which is why Bakuto in the past had tried to recruit her brother Hector unfortunately to no success. Ava was quick to also refuse the offer until Bakuto made mention of the fact that such a rash decision was what cost her brother his life.

    Teasing that he was responsible for the death of her brother, Bakuto smirked as Ava lunged towards him. Confident in his abilities Bakuto easily danced around the vengeful Ava as he taunted her over her brother's death before mentioning how he hoped she would be smarter. As the fight waged on Bakuto's over confidence would eventually cost him as he spouted off one time too many allowing Ava to cut him down with her claws and kill him out of revenge for her brother. While one of the Hand heads may have fallen, another began to have problems of his own. As away from the group Mister Negative began suffering an internal struggle with the other side of his personality Martin Li. Despite previously seeming to have completely taken over the body it now appears that Li had enough strength to become aware of what he is deep down and started trying to fight back. With news of Bakuto's reckless actions spreading and the fall of one of the Hand Heads becoming known. The group's split interests became more apparent as Yoshioka branded Bakuto a vain, arrogant fool while Wilson Fisk saw this as more potential for advancement.

    This advancement would see Wilson employ two Hand assassins being Scythe (Stu Bennett) and Bride of Nine Spiders (Ashley Makedwe) to attack Jessica Jones and Luke Cage respectively. Scythe would use Jones' friends Malcolm Powder (Ryan Cartwright) and Jeryn Hogarth (Gabriel Mann) against her as he drew her to her office for a short fight. Unfortunately for the assassin as skilled as he was with a blade he was soon brutally beaten by Jones who left him outside the police station to be arrested. Meanwhile having heard of Luke Cage's reputation the Bride looked instead to use poisons to her advantage against Cage. Unfortunately with her method of injection failing the Bride was also easily overcome by one of the Defenders. Clearly these desperate moves appeared that the Hand was on the back foot at least to many. This would include Shingen Yashida. Sick of going up against these powered individuals Shingen looked to flee much to the surprise of Fisk. Advising Fisk to also flee, Shingen states that with Yoshioka's plan there is no way that this ends well for him simply looking for a profit. Fisk disagrees as instead he calls himself the true leader of the Hand or at least he will be once Yoshioka fails. Branding Fisk a fool, Shingen would then flee the city before it was too late.

    With casualties suffered on both sides in a surprising move Yoshioka reached out to Stick to arrange a meeting. This meeting would take place in a large industrial building at the edge of some docks in Hells Kitchen. Along with the Defenders and Stone, Stick seemed fully prepared for whatever the Hand's purpose maybe. When Yoshioka arrived he was accompanied by Sasai as well as several Hand assassins namely Kirigi (Jeeja Yanin), Matsu'o Tsurayaba (Kane Kosugi), Gorgon (Daniel Wu) as well as Steel Serpent and Mister Negative. Praising the valiant efforts put forth by the Defenders as well as the Chaste. Yoshioka credits them for being fighters even though the battle is already lost. However in the effort of making things easier and at least without any more hurdles Yoshioka offers a deal. This deal entails Matthew Murdock coming with them and in turn when the time comes for the rest of the team to die. Yoshioka promises that it will in fact be quick and painless. With his motivations for wanting Matt unknown it was unsurprising that Yoshioka's offer was refused. This would of course spark off a battle between the opposing sides and it became clear with these Hand assailants that those sent out previously were definite pawns. Whereas these latest ones were infinitely more skilled with both Kirigi and Tsurayaba despite their lack of powers holding their own with Jessica Jones and White Tiger as well as Wing and Knight. Meanwhile Sasaki would do battle with Daredevil while Steel Serpent and Iron Fist took their battle to the streets.

    All the while a stoic Yoshioka watched on while Mister Negative battled Luke Cage. Looking to kill the true leader of the Hand both Stick and Stone rushed towards Yoshioka when Gorgon stepped in front of them. The sunglasses wearing, mute Hand assassin proved to be a match for both men before he stunningly revealed the reason for his glasses as the mutant removed them and turned Stone into literal Stone before he shattered him into pieces with a kick. The death of his ally was enough to send Stick over the edge and he launched into a brutal fight with Gorgon. Meanwhile in the rafters Bullseye prepared to take aim at Jessica Jones with one of his guns only to have Daredevil after incapacitating Sasaki throw his billy club at Bullseye. Angered over the death of Elektra still, Daredevil recklessly chased after Bullseye out of the building. Meanwhile Stick was able to stab Gorgon directly through the throat with his sword killing him swiftly. Unfortunately seconds later in a surprising death Stick would be brutally cut down by Sasaki who could then be heard ordering the Hand members of execute everyone.

    Having run outside in pursuit of Bullseye it would be revealed to be a set up as Daredevil would be knocked out by Wilson Fisk. Along with Bullseye, Yoshioka and a fleeing Mister Negative the heads of the Hand would return to their lair with Matt Murdock captive. Realizing his ally had been captured Luke Cage to no avail set out after them. Meanwhile in the ensuing hand/Defenders battle Colleen Wing and Misty Knight eventually proved their worth as combatants by taking down both Kirigi and Tsuryaba. Meanwhile Jessica Jones managed to break the neck of Sasaki. In the meantime the ongoing battle between Danny Rand and Steel Serpent continued on the street before finally Iron Fist defeated his foe with an Iron Fist punch which sent Davos crashing onto the front of a car. With Davos beaten the Defenders looked to find their friend while police led by Officer Clemons arrived on the scene of this battle.

    Thankfully the research by Ben Urich helped pay off. As with help from Karen Page in his digging Urich found records of Yoshioka and Martin Li investing in buildings in a city block called Shadowland in Hell's Kitchen. With this news proving useful the Defenders rushed to help their ally before it was too late. Slowly waking up having been knocked out earlier Matt Murdock would find himself unmasked and bound to a chair as sitting a few feet across from him is Kagenobu Yoshioka. Praising Matt's skill and training Yoshioka claims that he never wanted to hurt Murdock as he sees the true potential in him. That being the potential as a host for the beast. On hearing this news Bullseye would confront Wilson Fisk angered about the prospect of not killing Murdock. Bullseye then went to leave with Fisk issuing him a warning as to what would happen if he did. Instead of heeding it Bullseye true to form would make his exit.

    Refusing to join the Hand or be a host for the beast Matt remains totally against the words of Yoshioka. However Yoshioka is quick to counter that it's already too late and the beast shall rise soon. However before Yoshioka can perform any rituals much to his anger the Defenders show up once more. This being the final battle of the series it was no surprise that it was one of the best we had seen from the series as the combined efforts of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, White Tiger, Colleen Wing and Misty Knight battled The Kingpin, Yoshioka and Mister Negative. Despite the numbers being against them the Hand trio very much stood tall thanks to the powers of Mister Negative which would do major damage to both Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Meanwhile Wilson Fisk battled Jessica Jones and White Tiger all the while Yoshioka took on the Daughters of the Dragon. This would be until in a stunning moment Martin Li took over once more from Mister Negative in the middle of battle. With flashes of Negative trying to take back power a broken Li instead pleaded for someone to kill him as he couldn't live with this anymore. Reluctantly White Tiger while realizing the innocent man in front of her was forced to cut Martin Li down killing Mister Negative.

    This would bring the Defenders back into the fold and adding to that would be Matt Murdock escaping his ties and going right after Yoshioka. Meanwhile in a surprising act Wilson Fisk would surrender having realized the game was up. While it was expected to be a brutal battle between Daredevil and Yoshioka. Instead what we got was surprising. As Yoshioka offered no threat to a extremely vicious Matt Murdock. Surprisingly not offering much resistance Yoshioka was brutally and uncharacteristically beaten to death by Murdock all the while the Defenders looked on. Following this we cut to a few days later and a press conference by DA Foggy Nelson in which Nelson revealed that all the goings on had been because of a cult. It was then that Nelson thanked both the police and the heroes for what they had done before revealed that Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin had pleaded completely guilty to all charges and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

    As the series came to an end it seemed like this served as a potential wrap up to the Defenders story line. However true to form we got some interesting post credit scenes indicating there would be more to come. The first would see Joy Meachum visiting an imprisoned Steel Serpent as she looked for more information on the Iron Fist. Following this we'd see clips of a wall filled with photos and cut outs of stories involving Matt Murdock and his close friends and family. Looking on at this wall would be the assassin Bullseye. Before the final brief scene would show Jessica Jones drinking in a bar with Luke Cage. As the camera pans out it would show Jones being stalked by Kilgrave (Tom Ellis).

    Matt Murdock/Daredevil - Played by Shane West
    Jessica Jones/Jewel - Played by Alexandria Daddario
    Danny Rand/Iron Fist - Played by Dan Stevens
    Luke Cage/Power Man - Played by Chad Coleman
    Ava Ayala/White Tiger - Played by Monica Raymund
    Karen Page - Played by Maggie Grace
    Foggy Nelson - Played by Adam DeVine
    Joy Meachum - Played by Jennifer Carpenter
    Ben Urich - Played by David Duchovny
    Night Nurse - Played by Sarah Wayne Callies
    Bullseye - Played by Jeffrey Donovan
    Kilgrave - Played by Tom Ellis
    Malcolm Powder - Played by Ryan Cartwright
    Wilson Fisk/Kingpin - Played by Tony Todd
    Jeryn Hogarth - Played by Gabriel Mann
    Coleen Wing - Played by Juju Chan
    Misty Knight - Played by Lyndie Greenwood

    Melvin Potter/Gladiator - Played by Kirk Acevedo - Arrested
    Elektra - Played by Eliza Dushku - Killed by Bullseye
    Mister Negative - Played by Masa Yamaguchi - Killed by White Tiger
    Davos/Steel Serpent - Played by Manuel Garcia Rulfo - Arrested
    Stone - Played by Ian Whyte - Killed by Gorgon
    Kagenabu Yoshioka - Played by Brian Tee - Killed by Daredevil
    Sasaki - Played by Cung Le - Killed by Jessica Jones
    Master Izo - Played by Hiroyuki Sanada - Killed by Stick
    Maki Matsumoto/Lady Bullsye - Played by Rila Fukushima - Killed by Elektra
    Kirigi - Played by Jeeja Yanin - Killed by Misty Knight
    Matsu'o Tsurayaba - Played by Kane Kosugi - Killed by Coleen Wing
    Tomi Shishido/Gorgon - Played by Daniel Wu - Killed by Stick
    Kuroyama - Played by Gary Daniels - Killed by Elektra
    Scythe - Played by Stu Bennett - Arrested
    Bride of Nine Spiders - Played by Ashley Madekwe - Arrested
    Shingen Yashida - Played by Ken Watanabe - Fled
    Bakuto - Played by Maurice Compte - Killed by White Tiger
    Stick - Played by Kris Kristofferson - Killed by Sasaki

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    Future of the Defenders storyline revealed!

    With several pressing rumors being abound about the future of the Fox Marvel Universe Defenders' series. It can now be revealed that a third and final season of the story will in fact take place. However the series will not be shown until several one off miniseries' are aired. Those set to be aired are Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, White Tiger and The Daughters of the Dragon. It is believed that series will not only serve the purpose of further developing many of the characters who have been seen in the Defenders show but will also set up the climactic Defenders season three. While no full cast lists have yet to be deployed a few names and characters have been officially confirmed.

    John Jarratt as Bushwacker
    With this one off series of Daredevil promising to show a much more violent and vicious side to Matt Murdock as he has to combat the personal attacks made by Bullseye. It is no surprise that a few more foes crawl out of the woodwork. The first of which will be a violent and sadistic assassin known as Bushwacker. Known for his penchant for killing powered individuals Bushwacker is believed to have come to Hell's Kitchen to claim a few more names to his kill list. Playing the role will be Wolf Creek star John Jarratt.

    Crispin Glover as Mr.Fear
    There was a time when Lawrence Cranston was a functioning member of society. A former attorney and associate of both Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson. It is believed that the relationship between Cranston and Nelson and Murdock has always been adversarial. Since that time having been driven mad by an unknown incident. Cranston in a stroke of luck came across the body of a criminal known as Mr.Fear. Opportunistically Cranston stole Fear's costume and for reasons unknown has taken the mantle up for himself. Playing the role of Mr.Fear will be Back to the Future actor Crispin Glover.

    Brad William Henke as Man Mountain Marko
    A former heavy for the Manfredi family turned crime boss himself. The towering and brutal crime lord known as Man Mountain Marko is described as an incredibly violent as well as surprisingly intelligent individual. With Kilgrave beginning to gain influence across Queens in his pursuit of Jessica Jones. It is said that Marko takes an issue with the Purple Man's rise and looks to fire back at him. However his methods also put him in the cross hairs of Jessica Jones. Playing Marko will be Justified actor Brad William Henke.

    Zoey Deutch as Patsy Walker/Hellcat
    One of the few friends Jessica Jones truly has. Patsy Walker is believed to have been the longest serving ally Jessica has had in her life. With knowledge of her previous super hero life and the true horrors she faced with Kilgrave. This is down to Patsy also being a survivor having suffered a troubled childhood and an equally abusive marriage. Promising herself to no longer be a victim Patsy has trained herself extensively in both martial arts and gymnastics. Since that time much to Jessica's dismay Patsy has donned the moniker Hellcat and began acting as a vigilante herself to help others. Playing the role of Hellcat will be Dirty Grandpa actress Zoey Deutch.

    Natalie Martinez as Claire Temple
    A nurse who previously worked under Noah Burnstein before leaving having been disgusted on finding out some of the work he did. Claire Temple quickly seeks out some of Burnstein's experiments in an effort to expose his past work. This brings her to Luke Cage and the connection between the two is said to be imminent. Despite having no powers herself Claire has no trouble rushing into the face of danger to help others. Playing Claire will be Death Race actress Natalie Martinez.

    Kurt Fuller as Noah Burnstein
    A scientist who started out performing experiments on prisoners in Seagate prison. It is believed that Noah Burnstein is man who gave Luke Cage his powers. Since that time however Burnstein has gone under ground while continuing his experimentation on criminals. Playing the role of Burnstein will be Supernatural actor Kurt Fuller.

    MC Gainey as Rackham
    The head prison guard as Seagate Prison. The guard known as Rackham is described as a violent, intolerant, surly and mean spirited individual. With his prejudices being a key reason for his hatred of Carl Lucas when he was in jail. Which is why Rackham was not at all pleased when Carl was selected to be experimented on by Burnstein and went out of his way to sabotage. Playing Rackham will be Lost actor MC Gainey.

    Donnie Wahlberg as Rafael Scarfe
    A cop who previously mentored and partnered with Misty Knight back in her days on the job. It is believed that Scarfe has also previously been associated with both Luke Cage and Iron Fist having given them tip offs in the past. Despite Misty's accident and her no longer being a cop Scarfe is said to still be in contact with his friend as he warns her of some weird goings on in the city. Playing the role of Scarfe will be Blue Bloods actor Donnie Wahlberg.

    Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa as Lei Kung
    The most valued and feared warrior to have ever stepped foot in K'un-Lun. Lei Kung/The Thunderer has spent millennia training young men to defeat the great dragon known as Shou Loa and claim the power of the Iron Fist. However of the many he trained only few have managed to succeed and take the coveted mantle including Danny Rand. Unfortunately Kung's prized pupil Davos angered at his own failing to claim the power rebelled and became Steel Serpent. Playing the Thunderer will be Revenge actor Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa.

    Reggie Lee as Sano Orii
    The current head of the Yakuza faction in New York City. Sano Orii's plans for expansion across the Bronx's have put him in the cross hairs of White Tiger. A long time foe of Hector Ayala. Sano had long believed the Tiger to be dead until the rise of his sister Ava. Leading to Orii looking to put the White Tiger down once and for all. Playing Orii will be Grimm actor Reggie Lee.

    Clive Standen as Warhawk
    Formerly known as Mitchell Tanner who was described as a reputable and honorable marine. That would be at least until he was injured in combat. The last surviving member of his troop in Vietnam, Tanner was nursed back to health by a local village who was later slaughtered before his very eyes. Returning home a different more dangerous and unhinged man. Tanner became one of Noah Burnstein's experiments turning him into the mercenary Warhawk. With no problem in killing innocent lives it is unknown just what Warhawk is after as he begins to target the Daughters of the Dragon. Playing Warhawk will be Taken actor Clive Standen.

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    X-Force Season 1: Building the Team

    "People are dying... Tony Stark is rich... Parker is in love... Castle is angry.. Nothing really changes. Yet no one asks the hard hitting question. Like where the **** is Deadpool's show?"... Wade Wilson/Deadpool

    That quote right there perfectly summed up the intrigue going into this X-Force miniseries. With many wondering just what to expect from this show. This included just how much of the fourth wall would be broken as well as what sort of timeline and continuity we would see from the show itself. To it's credit the show fully embraced a less grounded slightly more outrageous form and while it had it's fair share of dramatic moments, it also was packed full of a lot of humor which made it stand out from many of the more darker shows put out there by Fox's Marvel. At the front of a lot of the humor was of course Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Jensen Ackles). Having appeared briefly in season 3 of the X-Men story line where Ackles was stated to have stolen the show it was here in this show that we truly got to see just how much of a great fit he was for the role. As we experienced the full Deadpool experience including fourth wall breaks and a surprising degree of profanity.

    This was fully on display in the opening scenes of the X-Force show as we saw an aimless and bored Deadpool flopped on a couch as he flicks through TV show after TV show before he finally settles on the latest season of Fox's X-Men series. Within seconds Deadpool becomes irate as he criticizes his lack of appearance and makes several smarkish remarks in regards to the show and some of the characters including how Magneto sounds like a James Bond Villain and how Charles Xavier seems to be Lost. Before Deadpool could carry on his verbal killing of the Marvel universe he would have two figures burst into his apartment. The first of which would be Cable (Stephen Lang) while the second was Domino (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). While neither seemed to be particularly as impressed with Deadpool as he was with himself. Cable was quick to state that they needed his help. Seeming reluctant to be apart of a "franchise", Deadpool remained unwilling until Cable begrudgingly agreed to let Deadpool call himself the main character of the show. With that agreement Deadpool joined the X-Force for this season which he tried and failed to have renamed Deadpool and The X-Force.

    The show then took a slightly serious turn as Cable looked to introduce us to the antagonist of the season Black Tom Cassidy (Colin Farrell). Described by Cable as a terrorist and a mutant extremist. It is revealed in this bio that Tom is in fact the cousin of former X-Men team member Banshee (Joseph Gilgun). Calling Cassidy a dangerous and powerful mutant who is also a charismatic threat and gatherer of mutants. Cable tries to preach the seriousness of this mission to Deadpool as he informs him that he believes that Cassidy is trying to revive the Hellfire Club. This name rings true with Deadpool who remembering his time watching the X-Men series remembers that both Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw were members from that club in the god awful first season. Having listened to Deadpool's rambling Cable warns him that Cassidy's actions have also caused the rise in mutant hate groups over time and that the future because of Cassidy's actions is a bleak one for mutant kind. Which is why he has traveled back in time to help create a better future for mutants and humans alike. This explains why he is forming a team and it is here that Cable introduces his number two Domino.

    Described as a skilled mercenary with the ability to influence luck, Domino similar to Cable doesn't seem to be that impressed with Deadpool. Unfortunately for her the same could not be said in reverse as Deadpool looked to be instantly smitten with Domino. However in an effort to move things along Cable says that there are others to recruit. This would be a credit to the show's attempt to stand out compared to many of the other Fox Marvel shows. As we got expansive bios on every character introduced as almost like the start of a new chapter. The first of these chapters which would be displayed in almost a comic like animated fashion would focus on Samuel Guthrie/Cannonball (Liam McIntyre). With the voice overs at first done by Deadpool it became clear that he hated Guthrie for his good looks, charm and for well just simply being a decent person. It was revealed that Cannonball discovered his powers during a cave in at the mine he was working at and that since that time he has used his ability to propel himself like a human rocket to save countless others.

    This selfless attitude made Cannonball the first recruit for Cable's team with both Cable and Domino seemingly impressed at having a truly pure of heart individual in their team. Of course even with this new recruit who very much was able to generate good publicity for mutants as well as be a face the people wanted to see. Out in the world the rise of mutant hate groups continued to grow. This was heavily in part of the work of Matthew Risman (Luke Arnold). A former soldier who worked under William Stryker, Risman stated that he had seen some of his own brothers and sisters in battle turned into monsters for the so called greater good. But now he knows that the simple fact is there is no greater good when it comes to creating such abominations of life. Giving Risman power which he would use to head his group of mutant hate group the purifiers was of course Henry Gyrich (David Wenham). The politician who had long been out spoken in his hatred for mutant kind while he would not publicly condone the actions of the purifiers was a secret backer of the group and some of their extreme methods and attacks on mutant groups. Which they revealed was retaliation for the growing number of mutant violence.

    This included a spate of vicious mutant attacks which many claimed to resemble animal attacks. Meanwhile Cable and his team would find their next recruit and while this individual similar to Cannonball was a known hero. He didn't become one by choice as in the series of flashbacks profiling Deathlok (Lakieth Stanfield) it was revealed that he was a soldier who was injured during battle. The tease being here that Deathlok was one of the many being referred to by Risman. Unfortunately though when the X-Force found Deathlok they would also encounter an ally of Black Tom Cassidy in Killjoy (Thomas Dominique). The technically enhanced mercenary was also teased to be a former colleague of Deathlok's back in the day with the two going their separate ways. Having now been outmatched by the arrival of the X-Force Killjoy wisely fled and chose to fight another day while Cable was quick to recruit Deathlok to their team.

    What would then follow would be one of the more compelling stories/character arcs of the season as the team began to recruit/investigate it's next member. As in their pursuit of finding out who was behind the mutant attacks and in their quest to recruit a new member to the team. Cable along with Deadpool, Deathlok, Cannonball and Domino would search out the mutant Maria Callasantos/Feral (Dichen Lachman). Very much portrayed as a tortured soul with a horrific past packed full of abuse. The violent, isolated mutant while not officially confirmed appeared in certain aspects of her portrayal to be battling a mental illness. Of course this made Feral a very confrontational prospective member of the team as she had a very rough introduction. Thinking that she was being hunted Feral would lash out at the X-Force and actually wound Cannonball thankfully not severely. However thanks to the work of the team who clearly had banded together a little more thanks to the leadership of Cable where able to back Feral into a corner. It would be here that Feral would finally speak and reveal that she is being accused of a spate of violent mutant attacks. Denying it was anything to do with her Feral remained unwilling to join the team until Domino spoke of how in their own way this group was filled with outcasts who needed a second chance for various reasons. With this being a chance to find out who was really behind the attacks Feral would reluctantly join the team.

    With a team somewhat being built another member of the X-Force would introduce himself to the group back at Cable's base. Similar to Domino and Cable, this mutant known as Forge (Zach McGowan) would be a longstanding member. A highly intelligent mutant capable of inventing anything Forge was a proven ally to the group thanks to his ability to not only help design suits for all the team but also any necessary weapons and advancements. His intelligence also made him a formidable ally as it was revealed he acted as a scout for the group and in fact managed to give them some more potential recruits for the group. Meanwhile having failed to take down Deathlok, Killjoy would return to Black Tom Cassidy with the news of the X-Force. Aware of Cable's efforts to stop him Cassidy states that regardless of this little team he is building that he will not stop their plans. It was also during this meeting we met a few more of Cassidy's allies namely Siryn (Abigail Lawrie) and Fantomex (Cheyenne Jackson). Revealing how he has backers out there Cassidy makes it clear that his goal is to rebuild the Hellfire Club and in order to do so they first had to show the world their true capabilities by killing Henry Gyrich.

    As Cassidy's group looked to grow it's strength, The X-Force also looked out for more potential members with their attention this time turning them to Tabitha Smith/Boom Boom (Margaret Qualley). A loner and an emotional wildcard Smith very much was a girl looking for a purpose which is what Cable offered her as part of the X-Force. While she did need some convincing Boom Boom would soon join the team. Unfortunately for the team while this new member quickly seemed to fit in well, another seemed to be very much still at odds with the rest of the team as Feral continued to be a law upon herself. With the rise in mutant attacks all seeming to match her skill set and her frequent disappearing acts suspicion clearly began to rise as to just whether she was guilty or not. However in what Deadpool classed his annoying trend of being the good guy Cannonball despite his prior run in with Feral claimed to see good in her and promised to help her. This would lead to the two temporarily leaving the team as Feral looked to prove her innocence.

    After his earlier meeting with his rogue group of mutants Black Tom Cassidy along with his daughter Siryn met with a secretive group of individuals. It was here that it was revealed that Fantomex was in fact working for this group as he flanked a mysterious woman known as Selene (Hilary Swank). As Selene sat stoically she listened to Cassidy's plans all the while Tom was supported by a man known as Harry Leland (Alexis Denisof) as well as an individual known as Frederick Von Roehm (Brendan Hines). It was here that Leland was revealed to be the money behind Cassidy's plan while Selene just listened intently. However not all seemed to be completely good as Leland for his part was concerned in regards to the status of Cable and his crew. However Cassidy meanwhile remains unconcerned as he claims that Cable's group can easily be divided. Speaking of the team they began to search out their final few recruit. This would bring them to a pair of mutants in a relationship with one another Shatterstar (Chris Zylka) and Rictor (Chord Overstreet). While the two at first looked to be uncertain about being recruited eventually Shatterstar and Rictor joined the team.

    However with two members still missing the remainder of the team would have their work cut out for them as Black Tom Cassidy and his team launched an attack on a Henry Gyrich rally. Despite Matthew Risman's best efforts he was easily knocked down by the power of Killjoy before Tom Cassidy would slit the throat of Gyrich on stage for the world to see. Sadly too late to the party the X-Force team despite their best intentions didn't have a good showing here thanks to them still being a group of individuals which allowed Cassidy and his team to escape. The fall out from this would in turn also see Matthew Risman grow in power and status for what was deemed heroic actions. As this was going on both Feral and Cannonball continued their investigation into the mutant attacks. While this went on and despite their noted differences a chemistry between the two was very apparent as a relationship was teased between them. However that would soon be put on hold as the two in their investigation would find themselves drugged, captured and imprisoned by Frederick Von Roehm.

    A privatized, reclusive not to mention incredibly wealthy individual Von Roehm as he held the two captive began to tell a story of how he and others long for the days when things were simpler. When mutants all banded together and when they were agreed to be the superior species. This in Roehm's words was the goal all along for the Hellfire Club and that it was thanks to the Club's work that his family has thrived for generations. Albeit despite one notable complication in the gene pool. It was then before Feral and Cannonball's very eyes that Von Roehm transformed as he revealed himself to be suffering from a form of lycanthropy and was in fact himself behind all the rabid mutant attacks. Boastfully Roehm reveals that the Hellfire Club never died and has spent centuries rebuilding itself from the tatters left by the likes of Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost. With that Roehm then reveals that his plan now is to rip Cannonball to pieces and allow the world and the X-Force to blame Feral.

    Having failed their earlier mission Cable surprisingly looked to bring his team together as he stated that they needed to be a unit in order to save the world. This means casting all egos, prejudices and so on aside. Slowly and surely it seemed the team was more open to trusting one another as Forge correctly asserted that now they are all on Cassidy's hit list for extinction. It was then that Cable would ask for an update on Feral and Cannonball before Forge revealed that there had been more mutant attacks and thanks to a tracker he put on her during their first meeting. He fully knows now that she is innocent. Using this tracker the X-Force would manage to find their way to the location of Feral and Cannonball but this would unfortunately also put them in the path of Roehm. Proving to be a powerful and vicious mutant Roehm came close to killing Domino only for Deadpool in a surprising show of selflessness to step between them and take the mauling himself knowing he would heal from his injuries. As Deadpool kept Roehm occupied Rictor and Shatterstar freed Cannonball and Feral and for the first time ever the X-Force truly worked together in weakening Roehm before Cannonball used his ability to drive Von Roehm back first into a tree impaling him through the heart with a branch killing him instantly.

    Thanks to the information shared by Feral and Cannonball in regards to Roehm as well as some documents Roehm had kept. The X-Force were now fully aware that this menace they was fighting was grander than they expected. However it wasn't only them to be aware of their opponents strength as a concerned Leland met with Cassidy and advised him to go underground. Instead however Cassidy remained confident that he and his team could bring down the X-Force. This arrogance however would cause Leland to rashly state that Cassidy is on his own before he and Fantomex would pull away from Black Tom's group. Despite his numbers falling Cassidy turned to his lieutenant Killjoy and told him now was the time to end this. But while Killjoy seemed confident about this fight and the opportunity to kill his old friend Deathlok. For her part Siryn on the other hand looked to be anxious about the battle. However remaining loyal to her father as ever Siryn would agree to go through with it eventually.

    This battle would take place in San Francisco and with the battle lines drawn there wasn't much in the way of small talk before hand as Cassidy remained confident that his team could defeat the X-Force once and for all even despite the lack of numbers. Proving to be a strong combatant Cassidy was a skilled opponent who used his shillelagh as a weapon effectively. However before his eyes the final fight between Killjoy and Deathlok would end once and for all with Deathlok managing to snap the neck of Killjoy. Despite the loss of one team mate Cassidy and Siryn remained a powerful duo until Cable finally relented battling Cassidy's daughter. As instead he told her a true story, one that until now he hadn't fully put together and was able to prove that Cassidy had in fact lied to her. Because in a stunning revelation it was revealed that Tom was in fact not her father but instead Banshee was and that all those years Banshee had been under the belief that she had died at birth because of Cassidy's lies.

    As the news sank in and appeared to hit Siryn hard Cassidy looked to talk his way out of it. But when this failed he instead became aggressive and struck his own family. This would cause Siryn to change sides and battle with the X-Force against Cassidy who looked to flee into a nearby building with Cable in hot pursuit. Once he had caught up with Cassidy, Cable held him at gun point while Cassidy mockingly surrendered with his back to an open elevator shaft. Instead of taking Cassidy in Cable fired at him several times with the final shot sending Cassidy tumbling down the shaft presumably to his death. Rejoining his group back outside Cable and his team stood by with Siryn as Cable offered her a true family and a chance to redeem herself as part of the X-Force. Without any hesitation Siryn accepted the offer with the closing moments of the show being Cable informing the group there is more work to be done.

    True to form every marvel show ends with a post credit scene and this one was no different as it simply concluded with one expanded scene. This scene would show a anxious Harry Leland in the presence of Selene Gallio. In this conversation Leland was apologetic for his cowardice but it seemed his words fell on deaf ears as Selene remained stoic. Instead she surprisingly revealed that as they spoke a member of their inner circle was working on Tom Cassidy who had by some miracle clung to life despite his injuries. Standing up from her table Selene then informed Leland that cowardice was not welcome in the Hellfire Club and that with that he had to be dealt with. Despite his pleas Leland was powerless as Selene instead showcased her abilities as she psionically drained him of his lifeforce rendering him to dust as the scene come to a close.

    Jensen Ackles as Wade Wilson/Deadpool
    Stephen Lang as Nathaniel Summers/Cable
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Neena Thurman/Domino
    Matthew Risman - Played by Luke Arnold
    Deathlok - Played by Lakeith Stanfield
    Maria Callasantos/Feral - Played by Dichen Lachman
    Samuel Guthrie/Cannonball - Played by Liam McIntyre
    Tabitha Smith/Boom Boom - Played by Margaret Qualley
    Forge - Played by Zach McGowan
    Shatterstar - Played by Chris Zylka
    Rictor - Played by Chord Overstreet
    Siryn - Played by Abigail Lawrie
    Selene Gallio - Played by Hilary Swank
    Fantomex - Played by Cheyenne Jackson
    Black Tom Cassidy - Played by Colin Farrell

    Henry Gyrich (David Wenham) - Killed by Tom Cassidy
    Killjoy (Thomas Dominique) - Killed by Deathlok
    Harry Leland (Alexis Denisof) - Killed by Selene
    Frederick Von Roehm (Brendan Hines) - Killed by Feral

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    X-Force season 2 confirmed - New characters announced

    After an entertaining first season which focused on the build of the X-Force. It has now been confirmed that the series has been commissioned for a second season. Unlike the previous season which focused heavily on the build of the X-Force. This season will instead add more to the lives of the team while also focusing on the rise of the Hellfire Club under the command of Selene Gallio (Hilary Swank).

    Gina Torres as Blind Al - King Bach as Bob - Lew Temple as Weasel
    After a deal was made in the first season between Cable and Deadpool for which would allow Deadpool to become the main character of the series. It is no surprise that ahead of this season we will be seeing more of Deadpool's private life as well as three characters from that life. The first will be Deadpool's room mate/captive/mother figure Blind Al who will be played by Hannibal actress Gina Torres. The second addition will be a cowardly young man named Bob who works as part of a criminal organisation. Bob will be played by The Babysitter actor King Bach. Rounding out the trio is the sidekick/arms dealer for Deadpool, Weasel. Weasel will be played by Walking Dead actor Lew Temple.

    Sharlto Copley as Black Box
    At one stage the mutant known as Black Box was a noted criminal and cyber terrorist. This was thanks to his technopathic abilities. However it was thanks to the efforts of Cable and the X-Force who put him on the right track. With Black Box now acting as a source of information for the X-Force on the goings on of the mutant world. Playing the role of Black Box will be A-Team actor Sharlto Copley.

    Portia Doubleday as Dazzler
    A popular musician known for her dazzling light displays when she performs. Alison Blaire is in fact using her abilities to convert sound to light in an effort to further her musical career. That is at least until she comes across Cable and the X-Force. Since then the mutant known as Dazzler has began to see a whole new purpose for her abilities as she becomes the newest member of the X-Force. Playing Dazzler will be Mr.Robot actress Portia Doubleday.

    Ryan Phillippe as Mister Tolliver
    A mutant known to have been in Selene's inner circle. The mysterious Mister Tolliver aka Genesis is revealed to be the man in charge of whatever experiments Selene has had done on Black Tom Cassidy. It is also believed that Tolliver has his own motivations for going after the X-Force. Playing the role of Tolliver will be Shooter actor Ryan Phillippe.

    Marshall Allman as Longshot
    Another new recruit for the X-Force is the mutant known as Longshot. Gifted with the abilities to manipulate probability and luck. Longshot is also a skilled combatant who also has enhanced speed and healing. However despite his powers Longshot comes with his troubles as the mutant has no recollection of his past and is looking to find out who he really is. Playing the role of Longshot will be True Blood actor Marshall Allmann.

    Edward Burns as Gideon
    Another member of Selene's inner circle, the individual known as Gideon claims to have been around for a long time. A powerful mutant with the ability to copy and amplify the gifts of other mutants. Gideon is said to have a rather confrontational relationship with Selene which is down to their past history. Playing the role of Gideon will be Mob City actor Edward Burns.

    Britt Robertson as Sage
    Rounding out the new additions is a recent recruit into the Hellfire Club. A telepath whose mind is said to work like a super computer. Sage is highly intelligent mutant capable of great feats which has seen her rise in the ranks of the Hellfire Club. Playing the role of Sage will be Under the Dome star Britt Robertson.

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    Master of Kung Fu miniseries confirmed

    Having been reported previously that the show was one of many said to be confirmed in the near future. It is no surprise now that a miniseries focusing on Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu is now in the pipeline. This of course is fresh off of the news that both the main character Shang-Chi (Iko Uwais) as well as his father and main antagonist Fu Manchu (Collin Chou) had already been casted. Not much is known in regards to the plot apart from the fact that the show will focus heavily on what put Shang-Chi at odds with his father. With this news confirmed a series of characters have also been confirmed for this show..

    Ted Danson as Black Jack Tarr
    A former American Intelligence agent who later transferred overseas and became apart of MI6. Thanks to his skills and expertise Tarr is now working under the command of Denis Neyland Smith. Playing the role of Black Jack Tarr will be Fargo actor Ted Danson.

    Victor Webster as Clive Reston
    An MI6 agent as well as long time friend of Black Jack Tarr. Clive Reston similar to his associate is also under the employ of Denis Nayland Smith and will prove to be a valuable ally to Shang-Chi in his battle against his father. Playing the role of Reston will be Continuum actor Victor Webster.

    Jodelle Ferland as Fah Lo Suee
    The daughter of Fu-Manchu and the younger Sister of Shang-Chi. Fah Lo Suee is a girl who very much takes after her father in many ways as she is a skilled manipulator who currents serves as his second in command. However impressively Fah Lo Suee is also possibly more devious then her father as rumors indicate that she maybe looking to overthrow him. Playing the role of Suee will be Twilight actress Jodelle Ferland.

    Rinko Kikuchi as Kwai Farr
    The eldest daughter of Fu-Manchu and the older sister of both Shang-Chi and Fah Lo Suee. It is said that out of the family Kwai Farr has the biggest heart of the bunch. Which in many ways has seen her looked upon as the weakest of the bunch. However her caring nature also means she was the one hurt most by Shang-Chi's decision Playing the role of Kwai Farr will be Pacific Rim actress Rinko Kikuchi.

    Gofrey Gao as Moving Shadow
    The eldest of all of Fu-Manchu's children in many ways it is safe to say that Moving Shadow was overlooked by his father for a time despite his skills. This meant that Shadow has long harbored a form of resentment for some of the younger members of his family including Shang-Chi. Playing the role of Moving Shadow will be Min and Max star Godfrey Gao.

    Yifei Liu as Leiko Wu
    A former lover and long time ally of Clive Reston. Leiko Wu similar to both Tarr and Reston is currently working as an agent for MI6. It is here she first comes into contact with Shang-Chi and becomes one of his closest friends as well as a potential love interest. Playing Wu will be actress and singer Yifei Liu.

    Joe Fiennes as Denis Nayland Smith
    A long time enemy of Fu Manchu. Denis Nayland Smith is described as one of the higher up members of MI6 who has recently began to form his own branch in an effort to truly rid the world of Fu Manchu and his sinister plots. Playing the role of Smith will be American Horror Story actor Joe Fiennes.

    Colin Hanks as Carlton Velcro
    One of the world's most infamous dealers of heroin who has long been on interpol's most wanted lists. Carlton Velcro despite wanting to appear as a reputable businessman is anything but and is also believed to be benefacted by Fu Manchu. Playing the role of Velcro will be Fargo actor Colin Hanks.

    Joe Taslim as Darkstrider
    An associate of Carlton Velcro who in many ways acts as his enforcer. It is said that the individual known as Darkstrider was once a simple, family man until tragedy struck which set him on his wicked ways. Playing the role of Darkstrider will be Raid actor Joe Taslim.

    Joe Adler as Demmy Marston
    A wealthy business magnate who has ties to the criminal underworld. It is not known just how Demmy Marston became affiliated with Fu Manchu but what is known is that there is a father and son bond there between the two in some ways. With Marston looking to impress Manchu in anyway necessary. Playing the role of Marston will be Mentalist actor Joe Adler.

    Alex McGregor as Grindhouse
    An eccentric villain known for her use of blades. Grindhouse is the second in command to Demmy Marston and acts in many ways as his protector. Along with this she is usually the one who handles his more shadier dealings. Playing the role of Grindhouse will be Blood Drive actress Alex McGregor.

    Ron Yuan as Kogar
    A smuggler of weapons, drugs and people depending on the price. Kogar is a long serving member of Fu Manchu's operation thanks to his proven track record of getting the job done. Playing the role of Kogar will be Blood and Bone actor Ron Yuan.

    Terry Chen as Korain
    A ruthless assassin and samurai who has long been under the employ of Fu Manchu. It is believed that Korain begins to target Shang-Chi under the orders of Demmy Marston to eliminate the Master of Kung Fu once and for all. Playing the role of Korain will be continuum actor Terry Chen.

    Adam Goldberg as Simon Bretnor
    When Shang-Chi first begins to work alongside Denis Nayland Smith's operation it is safe to say there is an uncertainty towards him thanks to him being the son of Fu Manchu. However over time he does earn the trust and respect of everyone. That is apart from Simon Bretnor. The inventor and agent remains constantly hostile to Shang-Chi as he refuses to believe he has turned sides. Playing Bretnor will be Fargo actor Adam Goldberg.

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    Gods of Olympus Miniseries confirmed!

    Many months ago it was confirmed that Marvel was in fact looking to do a series focusing on it's Gods of Olympus. It can now be confirmed that the show has been green light and is set to air later in the year. The show will primarily focus on the story of the demigod Hercules (Lee Jones) and how his life set in motion a civil war among the gods of Olympus. With his father Zeus (Sean Bean) very much wanting his son by his side while others oppose him.

    Adrianne Palicki as Athena
    One of Zeus' daughters, Athena is the goddess of wisdom and similar to Hercules she has been ostracized by Hera for not being one of her own. While at first hesitant on bringing Hercules to Olympus, Athena remains loyal to her father's wishes and works to help her brother. Playing the role will be Agents of Shield actress Adrianne Palicki.

    Michelle Hurd as Hera
    The queen of the gods and the goddess of Fidelity. Hera is the mother of Hebe, Hephaestus and Ares. It is believed that Hera has had a long term hatred of the Demi God Hercules thanks to her husband's relationship with a human. Playing the role of Hera will be Blindspot actress Michelle Hurd.

    Michael Chiklis as Hephaestus
    The first son of both Zeus and Hera, Hephaestus is believed to have had a rough upbringing as he was never truly accepted by his mother. The god of fire, Hephaestus now acts as a blacksmith for the gods helping them design their weaponry. Playing the role will be Gotham actor Michael Chiklis.

    Bella Thorne as Hebe
    The younger sister of Ares and the goddess of youth. Hebe finds herself conflicted with the arrival of Hercules thanks to her growing attraction to the Demi God while also having to deal with her brother and mother's hatred of him. Playing the role of Hebe will be Babysitter actress Bella Thorne.

    Steven Pasquale as Apollo
    Another one of Zeus' sons. The god of Light Apollo is one of the rare few gods who is said to be against any form of war or combat. This would make him one of the first gods to truly accept Hercules as one of their own. Playing the role of Apollo will be Do no harm actor Steven Pasquale.

    Eion Bailey as Ares
    The greek god of war and the son of Zeus himself. It is said that for a long time Ares was a loyal and faithful son to his father until the arrival of the demi god hercules. Since that time Ares has been plotting against his father and his brother. Playing the role of Ares will be Stalker actor Eion Bailey.

    Michael Emmerson as Pluto
    The brother of Zeus who is also known by the name of Hades. The ruler of the underworld has a tense not too mention confrontational relationship with his brother and has long sought to see the fall of Hercules. Voicing Pluto will be Lost actor Michael Emmerson.

    Eiza Gonzales as Artemis
    The goddess of the hunt. Artemis is the daughter of Zeus as well as the sister of Hercules and Hermes. Described as a superb huntress, Artemis is best known for her usage of a bow and arrow to take down her prey. Playing the role of Artemis is Baby Driver actress Eiza Gonzales.

    Sam Strike as Hermes
    One of Zeus' sons who acts as his personal herald. Hermes is the the god of transitions and boundaries in olympus and is known for his incredible speed. This makes him a valuable ally to both Zeus and Hercules. Playing Hermes will be Leatherface actor Sam Strike.

    Frankie Shaw as Aphrodite
    Also known as Venus, the god of love and beauty. Aphrodite has long been married unhappily to Hephaestus. Which is said to have been an effort by the gods to make amends for previous wrong doing. However this enforced marriage is said to have enraged the goddess who looks down on her husband and is embittered to the other gods. Playing the role of Aphrodite is Mr.Robot star Frankie Shaw.

    Uli Latukefu as Huntsman
    At one stage the Huntsman was just a regular man who lived his life in high regard as the greatest hunter to walk the earth. That would be until a tragic hunting incident led to the death of his wife and his later suicide. Since that time he has been raised up from the underworld to serve as the personal hunter for the gods. Playing the role of Huntsman will be Alien actor Uli Latukefu.

    Esai Morales as Neptune
    Also known as Poseidon the god of the sea. Neptune is one of the the brothers of Zeus and unlike a majority of his family is still heavily worshiped by his followers in atlantis. This means that Neptune isn't often seen in olympus as he chooses to spend time with his people. However despite his lack of time spent at home he remains loyal to his brother. Playing Neptune will be Ozark actor Esai Morales.

    Troy Baker as Amatsu-Mikaboshi
    A dark being of pure evil from Japanese folklore. Many will be horrified to find that the Amatsu-Mikaboshi is more than an urban legend. It is in fact a real life god of evil. A god who has long hidden in the shadows out of fear of the gods of olympus but is now willing to step out into the light amidst the conflict. Voicing the Amatsu-Mikaboshi is voice actor Troy Baker.

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    Blade Miniseries Season 2 ~ Dracula

    As Fox's Marvel universe continues to develop under the watchful eyes of director/producer Andrew Ryan. It is safe to say that there have been some growing pains in the past. As while the Spiderman series has consistently it's best outing, others such as the X-Men series and the Defenders had their teething problems. Whereas the Iron Man story has often been mentioned to be lacking the fire it had in it's earlier outings. However one big ray of light has been the spate of miniseries that have been produced focusing on some of the lesser known or more supernatural Marvel characters. Of these spate of series one of the best reviewed in it's premier was that of Blade. With it's darker, violent tones and willingness to embrace horror the series was deemed a revelation for the Fox marvel universe and a lot of credit has to go to the titular star DB Woodside for his compelling portrayal of Eric Brooks/Blade.

    A few noted differences were shown in this season compared to the last one. As while the previous season focused heavily on Blade's past and his story with Deacon Frost. This time around the Blade we saw was at peace or as close as possible as he would be. Because for the first time Blade began to live his life as Eric Brooks and had in fact even met a girl known as Safron Caulder (Ruth Bradley). With the two living in London and Safron working as a showgirl, she acted as a close confidant to Eric who in a refreshing take on many superhero tales chose not to hide who he really was from her. Thanks to the acceptance from Safron and Blade's formula suppressing his vampiric nature he very much seemed to be a better person in his work along with his team which was comprised of Hannibal King (Ryan Eggold), Abraham Whistler (Tony Goldwyn) and Abraham's daughter Abigail (Ally Loannides). Abigail of course had began training under her father as well as ally John Carik (John Carroll Lynch) at the end of the previous season. True to form Carik remained faithful to his work at the Chiaroscurio along with Michael Morbius (Rupert Friend).

    To it's credit this season despite it's bigger cast managed to keep many characters in the loop thanks to it's almost team like relationship with the heroes. One that would soon see a series of new additions as well as a great new threat. Having appeared in the post credit scene of the previous season it became clear that our villain was going to be the one and only Dracula (Clive Owen). Now while there was definitely some concern as to how the character of Dracula would be handled. This series in a pleasant surprise took the time to not only flesh out his backstory but also fully establish the kind of man/monster he was. In regards to his backstory it was revealed that at one time Dracula was a vicious warrior and ruler known as Vlad Tepes/Vlad the Impaler. Yet in this portrayal he was shown to be a lot more than just a violent, bloodthirsty tyrant as instead Vlad was shown to be a man who wanted what was best for his people and his family in the great war against his foe Turac (Casper Crump). With the arrogant, sadistic not to mention tyrannical Turac relentlessly slaughtering Vlad's people, he had elected to commit horrors himself and put himself on the front line as a means to not only inspire his people but also inspire fear in his enemies.

    Unfortunately at the time fear could only go a short way and it was a war he and his people didn't stand a chance at winning. Unfortunately Vlad's dreams were manipulated by a mysterious creature who offered Vlad all the power he could want and a chance to win the war once and for all. In order to do so however Vlad would have to undergo a transformation, one that would turn him into Dracula. While at first Vlad may not have been completely aware of what he had become, he soon would be as Turac and his men slaughtered many more of his people including his wife. In anger Vlad would then finally become the creature he was meant to be and slaughter all of Turac's men before turning Turac into a vampire just like himself and forcing him to spend an eternity working for him as his servant. Having reigned over many European lands over the years, Dracula has been thought to have died several times but thanks to his mystic and unholy abilities he has been able to revive himself. During these scenes with Turac, the relationship between the two was shown to this day to be adversarial with Turac harboring some resentment to Dracula while Dracula despite clearly having some trust in Turac to carry out his orders, still harboring little regard for his former enemy.

    It was also during these scenes we learned that Dracula claimed to have a connection to all his creatures and could sense them all out there including the likes of Morbius, Blade and King who had his attention. Continuing on his backstory we learned that Dracula's last death had seen him trapped in his coffin for centuries until a foolish, arrogant reporter Harold H Harold (Andrew Lee Potts) and his associate Jacob Cromwell (Douglas Henshall) searched out his tomb to see if the legend of Dracula was true. Of course instead of finding the story he was after Harold would find himself looking at the weakened remains of Dracula. With Turac watching from the shadows to see if someone would finish the job on his master once and for all, Harold instead found himself manipulated by the vampire to give him a few drops of his blood to revive him to health. Instead of delivering the riches and the story Harold wanted however, Dracula instead elected to feast on Harold as Cromwell stood frozen on the spot in fear. Pouncing on Cromwell, Turac also looked to feed when Dracula instead stopped him. Seeing some use in Cromwell, Dracula elected to keep him as his source to act as a guide for this new world. This would very much lead to Cromwell in many ways taking the role of Dracula's Renfield. As he acted as a rare human ally for the count and was in many ways a more subtle way of garnering information as well as prey for the count and Turac.

    With prominent feature this season making Dracula a compelling antagonist and establishing his many relationships. A curious addition to the fold would be that of Frank Drake (Matt Bomer), at one point a wealthy socialite who had acquired his families fortune. The brash, spoiled Drake found himself broke having spent it all until he was contacted by Cromwell with the news that he had inherited a castle in Transylvania. While at first it appeared that we would be witnessing another death at the hands of Dracula instead what we saw was an interesting series of events as while two of Drake's friends were in fact killed by Turac and his tour guide Taj Nital (Cliff Curtis) mysteriously vanished. Drake when confronted by the count soon found himself facing a stunning revelation. As originally Frank was in fact supposed to be Dracula's latest meal but in truth it was found that Drake is in fact a descendant of Dracula. This news would horrify Drake who looked to attack Dracula only to be quickly taken down by his relative. While Dracula at first stated he wouldn't turn Drake it appeared that overtime he had in fact grown frustrated with Frank's unwillingness to accept him as family and wanted instead to force him.

    However on this particular day Frank would be surprised by the return of Taj Nital. Nital who revealed himself to be a bounty hunter, claimed that on that night in question where he vanished it was because he had been blindsided by dracula and the only reason dracula didn't kill him was he sensed Drake. Stating he owed his life to Frank, Taj helped Frank escape secretly into the night and it was here we was introduced to Taj's allies Rachel Van Helsing (Stephanie Leonidas) and the wheel chair bound Quincy Harker (Clive Russell). Revealing himself to be a long time foe of Dracula who remembers an early battle alongside Rachel's grandfather Abraham against the menace. It was then that both Harker and Rachel offered Frank a chance to truly be someone and make a difference in this battle between good and evil. Horrified at his families legacy and wanting to actually make a difference Drake would agree to be trained by the group. However in private Harker remained concerned that it wasn't enough and sought to reach out to others.

    It turns out that he wasn't the only one as soon after on a mission Blade, Hannibal King and Abigail Whistler would meet John Falsworth (Michael Imperioli). A snobbish lord believed to have acquired his funds through war mongering. Falsworth stated he had a proposal for them. One that would require Blade and all his team to meet with him in an effort to combat their greatest foe. After talking with Safron who encouraged him to meet with the man and hear what he had to say Blade and his team arrived at the Falsworth manor. Despite being an embittered and unpleasant individual, Falsworth told a compelling story of how he was once a young man in battle and he heard urban legends of a vicious enemy who tore into anyone who got in its way. Looking to use that power Falsworth intended to capture the individual but it backfired and he wound up becoming a monster himself. Revealing his fangs and how he had become a monster known as Baron Blood. Falsworth proved to be a powerful enemy for Blade and his group with him using a form of telepathy to predict what moves they'd make. Angrily stating they'd never understand what he needed from them Blood was set to kill Abigail Whistler before her horrified Dad's eyes when Rachel Van Helsing, Quincy Harker and Frank Drake arrived on the scene.

    While Drake proved useless in this mission and was quickly thrown aside by Blood. Van Helsing proved her worth as she along with Abigail cut down Blood before impaling him through the chest with a series of stakes. In his dying moments a smirking Blood urged them to kill the count. Unfortunately while both groups had the same goal they very much had their differences as Van Helsing, Harker and Drake looked dubious at Blade, Morbius and Hannibal knowing fully well what they are. However thanks to the respect they had for John Carik and his work both groups eventually convened and started to build a rapport. As Taj stood guard on the doors Blade and his team for the first time learned of the story of Count Dracula and what a threat stood in front of them. However unbeknownst to both groups the fall of Baron Blood would only further serve to garner the interest of Dracula. Especially when one of his sources informed him that his old foe Quincy Harker was involved.

    It would be here that we would see the depraved lengths Dracula would go to in order to harm his foes. As posing under the name Clifton Graves, a wealthy socialite. Dracula was able to reenter the world much to the concern of Turac. As rather than return to his roots as Vlad the Impaler, Dracula instead elected to use different more tactical approach under the guise of Graves. While at first the reason for this identity would be uncertain all would soon be made clear by a 'chance' encounter in a club with a young woman Edith Harker (Hannah Spearitt). The estranged daughter of Quincy who had little interest in his exploits and tales would find herself quickly wooed if not manipulated by Dracula's charms totally unaware of the monster he was. Of course this ruse was designed by Dracula to cause Edith to lower her defense and return to his. Following the revelation of Count Dracula, both John Carik and Michael Morbius along with Quincy Harker would head to the chiaroscurio to see what research they could find on the lord of vampires.

    Meanwhile the training of Frank Drake would continue as both Blade and Hannibal King aided Van Helsing in improving his skills under the watchful eye of Abraham Whistler. That would be at least until the voice of Dracula reached out to all his creatures. This included the likes of Blade, King and Morbius who are stunned at the link Dracula appears to have with their minds. During this Dracula at first mocks them before slowly crediting them all for the fall of the pretender Deacon Frost. From here Dracula advises his children to not associate with the cripple Harker as he has no intention of being their enemy unless they choose to make him theirs. Of course Dracula then would delight in informing them that Harker's time in this world is soon running out but for now he'll keep him alive while he chooses to have some fun with his daughter. Thanks to his horrifying revelation the two groups now fully agreed to work alongside one another. Unfortunately though once everyone had left the room Quincy Harker stopped both Blade and Whistler before informing them that he was worried they had a traitor in their midst who informed Dracula of his daughter.

    With Harker certain of a mole in his faction suspicion immediately turned to Frank Drake. This of course was down to the fact that Drake was related to Dracula and the fact that he spent all that time with his ancestor and how Dracula never once turned him. Drake for his part was offended by these complaints as it seemed that many seemed to be certain of his guilt. The only person who truly took up for his was Rachel Van Helsing who at this point had began a romantic relationship with Frank. Fortunately for Drake a vision from Carik would then reveal all. As on the night where Drake was captured the truth was outed that Dracula never spared Taj Nital. Instead he opted to turn him into one of his creatures. Unfortunately as Carik informed the others of this revelation Nital was the one standing guard over Drake along with Rachel and it was here he turned after throwing Rachel across the room. Revealing how he'd been stealing the formula from Blade to keep satiated. Nital claimed that he now would delight in ripping Drake limb from limb but as the two battled it was clear he had underestimated Frank's improvement. As Frank was able to fight and defeat Nital using garlic before staking him through the chest and killing him.

    The death of Nital however would cause a reaction from Dracula which was unexpected as he again reached out to his creatures and offered them a deal. The girl would go unharmed on the condition that they give him Harker to end things once and for all. Without any hesitation Harker agreed but he made the group promise to get his daughter to safety. Although as the group reached the grounds of Dracula's castle it was clear that everything was designed to keep them separated. In between scenes of Harker, Van Helsing, Drake, King, Blade, Morbius, Carik and the Whistler's battling vampires we also got scenes of their plans with Harker stating that Dracula maybe a monster but he has the mind of a true general and he will use tactics against them be it traps or attempts to separate them. This would prove true as they reached the doors of the castle and the door opened allowing the entry of Van Helsing, Abraham Whistler, Carik, Abigail Whistler and Quincy Harker all the while Blade, King and Morbius were not allowed due to the lack of an invitation.

    With Blade, Morbius and King battling various vampires outside the rest of their gang found themselves greeted by Jacob Cromwell. Met with disgust for his siding with the vampires Cromwell stated that he has been told by his master to escort Harker from here. This didn't seem to sit well with anyone but Cromwell remained insisted that he and the wheelchair bound Harker could only go on from here. When Van Helsing stepped forward to protest she was quickly thrown to the side by Turac as Harker agreed to go along with Cromwell. As Cromwell and Harker went on Turac mused that it had been a long time since he'd had such a challenge. This would lead to a brutal battle as Turac while subservient to Dracula was still very much the warrior he was in his prime. Meanwhile Quincy as he and Cromwell headed down a hall was quick to shut down any small talk as he demanded to see his daughter.

    As Dawn began to break outside and many of the vampires started to die off Blade, Morbius and Hannibal remained in the shadows of a van as they waited for their allies to return. Meanwhile back inside Turac would begin to win the battle against Van Helsing and others but it would be his arrogance as he bit into Rachel's neck that cost him as she hooked her arms around him and allowed for Drake to kick her and Turac out through a window and into the sunlight killing him in an instant. As Drake and the others rushed to tend to Rachel and brought her back to the van. We carried on with the flashbacks as now it was just Harker and Abraham and Quincy stated to Abraham he knows that he will not be leaving this mission alive and that he also knows that Dracula has something up his sleeve. This was proven true as Harker was escorted into a large darkened room in the Dracula estate and saw his daughter crying in the corner. The cowering and terrified Edith demanded answers from her father as she blamed him for all of this. Quincy for his part seemed to be heart broken as he stated that now he was here for her and that he loves her. However when Edith turned with her fangs on display Quincy's look turned to horror as his daughter stated that he is the monster not Dracula.

    Angrily charging at her father Edith looks to kill him only for Quincy to shockingly stake her to the chest. Visibly troubled by what he did Quincy cradles his daughter in his arms as he reveals that while he was never the best father, he always loved her and he would never let her become a monster like he or dracula was. Visibly shaken and broken from the act Harker drops the stake to the ground as from the corner of the room Dracula begins to applaud. Mocking Harker for his loss and his idiocy in thinking he could actually beat him. Dracula shows no sadness at the loss of Turac or any of his creatures as he states that he can always build another army of creatures. Delighting in the sadness in Harker's eyes, Dracula appears to debate turning him into one of his servants like Turac before snatching Quincy by the throat and hoisting him into the air from his chair. Dracula then throws Harker down to the ground as he states that instead he'll give Quincy his chance to fight and end this once and for all.

    Boasting that once he has killed Harker, he will then enjoy killing all his friends. Dracula is confident that this war has already been won while Harker pulls himself slowly back to his chair. As Harker reaches for the foot of the chair Dracula kicks the stake over to him while Cromwell watches on. Instead of picking it up however Quincy slowly rolls onto his back as he reveals that he knew he wouldn't leave this house alive which is why he took a counter measure. Both Dracula and Cromwell then notice a small remote in Quincy's hand as well as what looks like some plastic explosives attached to his chest while Cromwell sees a device at the bottom of his chair. Before either man can react Quincy triggers the explosion killing all three instantly and destroying the house entirely. Meanwhile a solemn Abraham Whistler watches this from the van as the team speed away while Blade and Frank Drake tend to Van Helsing.

    With that the second season of Blade came to a sad and solemn ending highlighting the cost of this world the team lives in. To the tune of Zombie by Bad Wolves a montage then played in closing showing John Carik and Morbius tending to Van Helsing as a concerned Frank Drake looked on. We also saw Abigail Whistler and her father Abraham embracing as the rare family made stronger in this world before seeing Hannibal King on a hunt while Blade returns home to Safron. The closing moments would then focus back to Transylvania and the Dracula estate where a hand would emerge from the dirt.

    Eric Brooks/Blade - Played by DB Woodside
    Hannibal King - Played by Ryan Eggold
    Michael Morbius/Morbius the living vampire - Played by Rupert Friend
    John Carik - Played by John Carroll Lynch
    Abraham Whistler - Played by Tony Goldwyn
    Abigail Whistler - Played by Ally Loannides
    Rachel Van Helsing - Played by Stephanie Leonidas
    Frank Drake - Played by Matt Bomer
    Safron Caulder - Played by Ruth Bradley
    Dracula - Played by Clive Owen - Killed in explosion
    Turac - Played by Casper Crump - Killed by sunlight
    Taj Nital - Played by Cliff Curtis - Killed by Frank Drake
    Harold H Harold - Played by Andrew Lee Potts
    Lord John Falsworth - Played by Michael Imperioli - Killed by Abigail Whistler and Rachel Van Helsing
    Quincy Harker - Played by Clive Russell - Killed during Explosion
    Edith Harker - Played by Hannah Spearitt - Killed by Quincy Harker
    Jacob Cromwell - Played by Douglas Henshall - Killed during explosion

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    Blade season 3 confirmed

    After a well received season 2 which saw Blade and his team combat Dracula. It can be confirmed that Blade will in fact be returning for a third season. While details are scarce so far it can be confirmed that this season will focus on what effects the team and the world faces following the fall of the Lord of Vampires and the potential consequences for their actions thanks to the rise of a dark evil.

    Don Johnson as Cesar Belinski
    After the death of Quincy Harker and Dracula news spread across the world of the team of day walkers killing vampires. This would cause several of Quincy's colleagues to reach out to Blade and others to offer their support. Including husband and wife duo Cesar and Rosa Belinski. Playing Cesar will be Miami Vice actor Don Johnson.

    Meg Ryan as Rosa Belinski
    The wife of Cesar, It is said that Rosa began her career as a vampire hunter following the death of her first husband at the hands of the creatures. Since then her and Cesar have opened up their own business Belinski cleaning which operates as a home base of sorts for their operation. Playing Rosa will be when harry met sally actress Meg Ryan.

    Mykelti Williamson as Lucas Cross
    At one stage Lucas Cross was a good man wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit and soon to die of a disease that had come out of nowhere. In his desperation when offered a chance to live forever Cross agreed without the knowledge that the person he made this deal with was a vampire. Over the years since Cross has became a shadow of the man he once was and has became obsessed with prophecies. Playing the role of Cross will be Justified actor Mykelti Williamson.

    Pablo Schreiber as Draconis
    A vampire priest as well as day walker. Draconis has spent centuries exposing himself to the weaknesses of his kind in an effort to grow stronger and combat the threats that truly face his kind. Playing the role of Draconis will be American Gods actor Pablo Schreiber.

    Robert Wisdom as Solomon Negus
    After the fall of Dracula and many stories of prophecies, mystic books and new monsters out there. One of the eldest vampires from the Sudan known as Solomon Negus has reached out to his brothers and sisters in an effort to unite them all of his cause to strengthen their kind. Playing the role of Negus will be Prison Break actor Robert Wisdom.

    Dilshad Vadsaria as Faiza Hussain
    A British Muslim doctor who was for a long time a woman of science. Faiza Hussain is now a powerful ally to John Carik as she was thrust into the world of the supernatural thanks to the discovery of her powers. Now capable of disassembling anything she wishes thanks to genetic manipulation Faiza is an incredibely skilled vampire hunter. Playing the role of Faiza will be Revenge actress Dilshad Vadsaria.

    Katie Leung as Yathalea Marcoule
    A ghost of a past love who returns to haunt Blade. At first it is unknown just what Yathalea Marcoule's purpose for haunting Blade is but overtime it becomes to seem apparent that she is in fact looking to help him. Playing the role of Yathalea will be Harry Potter actress Katie Leung.

    Alaina Huffman as Shiklah
    A creature with a longstanding grudge against Blade and his team. Shiklah is described as royalty in her kind and was in fact set to become the bride of Dracula before his death at the hands of Quincy Harker. Now out for revenge the succubus begins to plot against Blade. Playing Shiklah will be Supernatural actress Alaina Huffman.

    Derek Luke as Vampire X
    At one stage the creature known as Vampire X was a vampire hunter who was regarded as the best of the best. That is at least until he came up against the power of count dracula. Since then he has become the reclusive and highly dangerous vampire x who comes out of hiding thanks to the call by Solomon Negus. Playing X will be Antwone Fisher actor Derek Luke.

    Brian Cox as Varnae
    The original vampire and the one responsible for the dawn of count dracula. The creature known as Varnae was believed to have been killed by his 'son' following this but in fact had been in slumber as he recovered from his injuries. Now the creature returns following the fall of the lord of vampires in order to reclaim his post. Playing Varnae will be X Men 2 actor Brian Cox.

    Matthew Rauch as Modred
    A powerful mystic who has been able to live for centuries because of his powers. Modred the Mystic has long been in pursuit of a book that he believed was in possession of Count Dracula. Now following Dracula's death and the disappearance of the book, Modred is forced to turn to Blade and his allies in order to gain help and find this powerful text. Playing the role will be Banshee actor Matthew Rauch.

    Melissa Fumero as Diabolique
    A half demon/half human hybrid who is believed to never age. It is said that for a long while Diabolique took a twisted delight in posing as a helpless person looking for a place to stay before killing those who took her in. That would be until she was given a purpose by Morgan Le Fay. Playing Diabolique will be Gossip Girl actress Melissa Fumero.

    Eva Green as Morgan Le Fay
    A highly powerful sorceress who has long been a foe and rival of Modred. It is believed that similar to Modred, Le Fay is also after the powerful text albeit for her own malicious ends. Playing the role of Le Fay will be Casino Royale actress Eva Green.

    Taye Diggs as Night Terror
    A vampire assassin who formerly worked for the CIA. It was believed that Night Terror was loyal to his employers until he came across Varnae. On meeting the original vampire Night Terror has served as his most loyal second in command. Playing the role of Night Terror will be Broadway actor Taye Diggs.

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    Jessica Drew/Spider-woman miniseries begins production

    Having previously been mentioned late last year as a show in the pipeline. It can now be confirmed that the Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman series has begun it's production. Ahead of this news we received word that the series would focus very much on the origin story of Jessica and how she became the person she is now. With the news that the titular role has been filled by Affair actress Julia Goldani Telles and two characters already announced in close friend Scotty McDowell (Richard Speight Jr) and main antagonist Karl Malus (Eric Roberts). With the show beginning it's production several new characters have been confirmed today.

    Christopher James Baker as Harlan Krueger/Hangman
    A delusional individual who spent many years watching the same action movies over and over as he identified with heroes such as John Wayne. Harlan Krueger used this inspiration to join the army only to later be discharged following his torture of several prisoners. Returning home Harlan vowed to take the law in his own hands as he became the masked vigilante known as the Hangman. Playing the role of Hangman will be True Detective actor Christopher James Baker.

    Abigail Breslin as Sybil Dvorak
    A mutant of Romanian origins with the abilities of telekinesis. It is believed that Sybil is one of the earliest experiments of Karl Malus as she has long stayed by his side under the moniker now of Skein. Playing the role of Skein will be scream queen Abigail Breslin.

    Jayson Warner Smith as Locksmith
    A vigilante with a noted hatred of powered individuals. The individual known as Locksmith may also be against Karl Malus and his experiments but that makes him no friend of Jessica's as he holds her in similar regard. This hatred has led to Locksmith capturing those powered individuals and trapping them in cells. Playing Locksmith will be Walking Dead actor Jayson Warner Smith.

    Timothy V Murphy as Josef Saint/Needle
    A lifelong tailor who suffered horrific injuries during a mugging which left him unable to both talk and see out of one of his eyes. It is believed that Josef Saint/Needle is one of Karl Malus' creations. As following a series of operations he found that he was able to paralyze with his gaze. Since then Josef has taken the name Needle as he patrols the city at night attacking young men and sewing their mouth shut. Playing the role of Needle will be True Detective actor Timothy V Murphy.

    Lukas Haas as Tick-Tock
    The assistant of Locksmith and quite possibly the only powered individual he has not yet targeted. Tick-Tock is a skilled mutant with precognition who is able to predict what their foes will do before they do it allowing Locksmith to employ counter measures. Playing the role of Tick Tock will be while she was out actor Lukas Haas.

    Charles Mesure as Charles L Delazny/Enforcer
    A criminal from a powerful family, It is believed that Charles L Delazny is one of two individuals who is backing Karl Malus and his projects. However it is also believed that Delazny has his own motivations for such as deep down Delazny is said to covet the power these individuals have and will do anything to be stronger. Playing the role of Delazny will be V actor Charles mesure.

    Ken Kirzinger as Flying Tiger
    A powerful mercenary sent out to eliminate Spider-Woman and the other vigilantes. Flying Tiger is also believed to be an experiment of Karl Malus and one who has since acquired a suit to help accentuate these powers. With his suit and a nasty set of claws, Tiger is said to be able to fly and has enhanced strength and durability. Playing the role of Tiger will be Joy Ride actor Ken Kirzinger.

    Christian Slater as Curtis Jackson
    A wealthy individual who is said to be apart of a secret operation. Curtis Jackson is in fact believed to be the other backer of Malus and his projects as he looks to recruit his subjects into his operation. It is also believed that Jackson has a form of past with Jessica Drew, one that she may not be aware of. Playing the role of Jackson will be Mr.Robot actor Christian Slater.

    Mark Stanley as Jerry Hunt
    Rounding out the cast will be SHIELD agent Jerry Hunt. A loyal agent who was at first assigned to keep tabs on this new hero in Los Angeles. It is believed that over time Hunt fell in love with Jessica and became a helpful ally to her cause. Playing the role of Hunt will be Game of Thrones actor Mark Stanley.

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    Ghost Rider miniseries season 2

    Chapter One: Ghost Riders!

    After a successful first outing in it's first season in which critics praised both the horror and supernatural elements the series incorporated. The last season of course ended on a somewhat happy note with Johnny Blaze (Taylor Kitsch) and Roxanne Simpson (Katia Winter) managing to reconnect as they look to live their life together despite Blaze's other life as the spirit of vengeance Ghost Rider. True to form in a continuation from the first season Blaze seems to have accepted his curse as he and Roxanne continued their work as part of a travelling stunt show. Unfortunately while their life may seem to be great there was certainly some grey skies on the horizon. Namely with the revelation in the last season that Johnny Blaze was not the only Ghost Rider. As in the post credit scene we was met with the arrival of another rider in the form of Danny Ketch (Matt Barr) who transformed into the Rider for the first time in order to protect his sister Barbara (Nell Tiger Fee).

    This would make for an interesting second season of the Ghost Rider story as while the Johnny Blaze sections may have been deliberately tame and dull at first. While we discovered more in regards to the man who had become the new Ghost Rider. In a series of flashbacks which build up to the night in which Ketch first turned. It was revealed that on a night out the Brother and sister took a shortcut through a graveyard in which they witnessed a murder committed by Stephen Lords (Kristofer Hivju). The known criminal and mobster then sent his men after them in an effort to leave no witnesses. This of course would backfire as Ketch received his abilities to become the Ghost Rider. However what Ketch also received along with these powers was visions of a man only he could say. Later introducing himself as Zadkiel (Reeve Carney). It was revealed that Zadkiel was in fact an angel of vengeance who had been scouring the lands for a vessel to home the Spirit of Vengeance before coming across Ketch and his sister.

    However overtime it would in fact be revealed that this was not in fact the case and there was a more specific reason as to why Zadkiel selected Ketch. In the meantime a dark secret was revealed in regards to the spirit that had been attached to Ketch was the same Zarathos who inhabited Johnny Blaze. As it was confirmed in his use of the soul crystals to defeated Blackheart in the previous season. That Johnny Blaze had unknowingly forfeit some of Zarathos' power into the crystal as well which had fallen in the hands of Zadkiel who was in fact revealed to be an associate of Blackheart with designs on killing Blaze with a Rider of Blackheart and his own designs. Of course this news wouldn't be known to Ketch who at this stage very much was portrayed as a hardened young man with a heart of gold. As his main priority was to protect those he cared about. One being his sister Barbara while the other being life long friend/love interest Stacy Dolan (Lucy Fry). Stacy of course the daughter of Arthur Dolan (Scott Caan) had a tense relationship with her father based on his crooked past and his now 'crazed' beliefs that there is a ghost rider out there.

    A cop in her own right Stacy had her own case to focus on. One which put her in the cross wires of Danny Ketch as she worked doggedly to take down Stephen Lords. Of course what she wasn't to know is that Lords following his men's destruction at the hands of the Ghost Rider had taken his own interest in the supernatural. As he like Ketch would be visited by the angel Zadkiel who offered him the power to be much, much more than just a simple crime boss. Of course Zadkiel had his reasons for this decision and he had Lords work for him as he wanted Lords to target a man known as Daimon Hellstorm (Josh Henderson). The wealthy and reclusive high roller was believed by Zadkiel to be an important key for the puzzle so to speak and he looked to Lords as someone who could force his hand. Of course true to form as we'd come to see Zadkiel again was hiding something this time from Lords about who Hellstorm really was. Meanwhile his manipulation of Ketch continued as he fed him lies of a rider similar to him who works for the devil. This rider of course being Johnny Blaze.

    This would put both Ketch and Blaze on a collision course so to speak as while Blaze had remained fairly low profile as of late focusing on his work as a stunt show. Ketch thanks to Zadkiel began to hone in on him and his life. Meanwhile it was down to Blaze's close confidant Caretaker (William Sadler) as well as new ally Sister Sara (Julie Benz). A caring woman and relative of caretaker. It was revealed in this intro through a series of flash backs that Sara was a former nun who looked to return home and help Caretaker with his duties when she was attacked by a gang. A gang that was soon run off by Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider and after wrapping her head truly around the supernatural elements at play Sara would prove to be a valuable ally thanks to her adaptability as intellect and surprising aptitude for swordsmanship especially with her specialist weapon the Hellfire sword. Of course while they may have finally learned of a new rider they were unaware as to the connection Blade and Ketch shared as well as the fact that Blaze had in fact grown weaker since his battle with Blackheart and Mephisto.

    However this would soon become apparent as we finally got a confrontation between Danny Ketch and Johnny Blaze. These two riders were both drawn to one another thanks to their shared spirit of Zarathos. Unfortunately neither would be aware of this connection as instead they did battle and during the fight it quickly became apparent that Ketch was too much for the diminished Johnny Blaze. This would lead to both Sara and Caretaker stepping in to aid Blaze but unfortunately while Ketch at first appeared unsure of attacking these people he continued to be manipulated by Zadkiel. Who was also seen on the battlefield by Blaze but unfortunately before Johnny could attack Zadkiel, Danny Ketch would shockingly kill Caretaker with a blast from his Hellfire Shotgun. A distraught Blaze and Sara would be forced to depart the battlefield leaving Caretaker's body behind. Of course it wouldn't be just them who was shocked at what happened as we saw the emotional toll on Ketch having killed a man who in his mind was innocent and not apart of Lords' operation which was in his mind the mission.

    While Blaze and Sara regrouped in a series of emotional scenes as Sara revealed that Caretaker was in fact her grandfather. The two along with Roxanne mourned his loss before Sara swore vengeance and promised to reach out to a friend to see what he could tell them. Meanwhile Stephen Lords now gifted with some powers of his own didn't realize what he was getting into when he and a group of thugs arrived at the home of Daimon Hellstrom. Because while the group began ransacking what looked to be an abandoned manor they found themselves attacked by an angered Hellstrom. Wielding what could only be described as a trident like weapon Hellstrom projected hellfire from it's tip onto several of Lords' associates while Stephen made his escape. Meanwhile while mourning the loss of her relative Sara reached out to none other than Blade's John Carik (John Carroll Lynch). Arriving at the doors of the Chiaroscurio to meet with Carik, It appeared that Carik was well versed in the history of the Ghost Rider as well. Which is why news of a second Rider being out there very much captured his curiosity.

    As they did their research however Carik began to form a theory. One that was proven true when Blaze revealed how he felt weaker as the Rider. Because Carik became convinced that what this meant was that Ketch and Blaze both were hosts to Zarathos. Which in turn would mean that they possibly shared the same bloodline. Following this blockbuster announcement Carik thanks to a sketch done by Blaze, would with the help of Sara and Roxanne trawl through the records in order to identify the angel. Leading to the discovery that the individual in question was in fact Zadkiel. More research of the name would reveal that Zadkiel was banished from heaven for his alliance with Blackheart to overthrow Mephisto. With this knowledge in regards to what they was up against, Carik gave Sara a series of books to help them combat the angel before issuing them a warning that this world is getting weirder and weirder as it goes on.

    Angered following his confrontation with Hellstrom, Lords confronted Zadkiel as he demanded to be informed of the full plan. Reminding Zadkiel that he had problems of his own out there. Lords was quick to mention how he had some witnesses that needed handling. Of course Zadkiel having his own purpose for Ketch promised Lords that he could have his witnesses but in due time. Instead however Zadkiel had a gift for him as he bestowed upon Lords more power turning him into the demonic Deathwatch. However while Zadkiel seemed to have fully recruited Lords to his cause. His grip on Danny Ketch seemed to be slipping as Ketch remained unsure of what he did. In fact this became clear in his talks with his sister as well as Stacy. As while Stacy had been kept in the dark in regards to what Danny had become, she knew that there was something going on with his life. As she advised him to think for himself for once and what he felt was right as opposed to following others. This gave a great insight to Stacy as well as it became clear that she very much had confidence in herself and her decisions and one of those decisions of course was still not believing her father.

    As while Arthur Dolan may have been written off by many as a mad man who was chasing wild theories. It has to be said that Dolan wasn't far off the truth as he delved deeper into his research of the supernatural and became convinced that darkness surrounds Johnny Blaze. But now rather than trying to prove Johnny was this killer. It became apparent that Dolan had became convinced he might need help/saving. Of course when Arthur showed up in search for Blaze he was stunned as he walked in on Johnny, Roxanne and Sara in the middle of a ritual designed to summon Zadkiel. At first unsure of what he was seeing Dolan remained convinced that Blaze was to be helped and stubbornly stayed to see the result of what they was doing. Which in turn made him a vital ally as when Zadkiel was summoned he wasn't happy to be trapped at the hands of Blaze and his associates. But while Blaze and them demanded answers Zadkiel was able to reach out to his Rider Danny Ketch.

    Able to sense the location of both Zadkiel and Blaze, Ketch at first remained reluctant to go until Zadkiel's cries overpowered him. This would force him to turn directly in front of both Stacy and Barbara who looked on in horror at what Ketch had become. As Danny raced off a horrified Stacy climbed in her car along with Barbara in pursuit of him with Stacy now fully convinced that her father was telling the truth. As they arrived at the cemetery Ketch in his rider form horrified Arthur who recognized the monster as the one he'd seen in the last season. However before his eyes Johnny Blaze would then also turn into the rider. However true to the warnings Johnny Blaze yet again found he was no match for Danny Ketch. With Ketch beginning again to best him in combat, It looked bleak for Blaze until Arthur Dolan joined the fight. Ketch seemed conflicted to attack Arthur when both Barbara and Stacy showed up. Before everyone's eyes Ketch returned to his human form as he remained conflicted over what was happening.

    As Johnny Blaze also returned to his human form the two men faced off before they all agreed to confront Zadkiel. It was here that the lies and manipulation told by Zadkiel was shared to the group as he admitted that all this was about getting revenge for Blaze thwarting his and Blackheart's plan to overthrow Mephisto. It was then that Zadkiel delighted in informing Ketch and Blaze that only one of them can truly contain Zarathos and that as long as they share him, they will be constantly in conflict. As the group listened in shock, Zadkiel then confirmed the truth that everyone knew deep down. That Johnny Blaze was in fact the half brother of both Danny Ketch and Barbara Ketch. However while this confession may seem out of character. What it turned out was a diversion as in all the time he had got them talking, Zadkiel had reached out to Deathwatch to come and save him and finally kill his witnesses.

    This would lead to an interesting battle as the demonic Deathwatch showed himself to be more than a match for both Riders at first. Seemingly the two riders having split their abilities were no match for Deathwatch. That would be at least until the arrival of Daimon Hellstrom who was armed with his trident after a blast of hellfire from his trident zapped Deathwatch of his powers. Lords was finally killed thanks to the penance stare at the hands of Danny Ketch. It was finally here that the identity of Daimon was then revealed as Zadkiel informed them that he was the son of satan. However while the group was unsure of his motivations, Hellstrom proved to be a useful ally as he was able to use his considerable powers to banish Zadkiel to hell once and for all. With that the closing scenes of this arc would focus on Hellstrom facing off with the riders as he stated that this world is changing and that there is a darkness growing which frightens even him. Which is why the time of one Rider is long gone and clearly they will need to work together in order to save the world.

    Bringing Blaze and Ketch back to his mansion, Hellstrom informed them that he has spent his long life in solitary knowing the darkness in his legacy. That is why he hopes in helping them here he can at least do some good. Hellstrom would then perform a ritual which would grant Johnny Blaze the full power of Zarathos before he presented Danny Ketch with a medallion. Informing Ketch that along with Zarathos and Zadkiel there are more spirits of vengeance out there. Hellstrom presented him with the noblest of all the spirits and Ketch and Blaze's long descended relative Noble Kale. This would allow Ketch also to have the power of the ghost rider.

    Chapter Two: The Lillin

    Of course while Johnny Blaze may have finally gained a family and some more allies. The darkness mentioned by Hellstrom was finally being realized. As with Zadkiel banished to hell, unknown to the riders and Hellstrom a great evil was able to escape her purgatory. This of course being Lilith (Lady Gaga). The so called daughter of Mephisto and later revealed to be the sister of Dracula. Lilith was known as the mother of demons and a former goddess before she was bound in purgatory following a war with the gods that saw many of her children aka the Lillin killed while the remaining members were forced to assimilate into humanity and even reproduce with the humans which was looked upon as diluting the bloodline.

    This would prove true in regards to arguably one of the more compelling and loyal members of the Lillin. As the human/demon hybrid known as Blackout (Michael Rowe) while arguably being one of the few die hards in the Lilin was very much held in little regard due to his bloodline as well as the fact of his albino like presence and almost vampiric like nature. Very much considered the runt of the litter among other things it is said this made Blackout one of if not the most compelling member of the Lillin as he constantly sought the approval of his grandmother. Along with Blackout the other Lillin who remained loyal to their mother were the teleporting Pilgrim (Leynar Gomez) and the youngest and weakest Lillin Nakota (Michelle Ang) who acted as a seer for the group and helped Lilith find her remaining children.

    The first on her list would be her two most violent and hulking children Meatmarket (Christopher Sean) and Outcast (Dustin Clare). While neither were the most intelligent of her children, they were bloodthirsty bezerkers totally devout to their mother's cause. In fact when she found them thanks to both Pilgrim and Nakota, the duo were in the middle of racking up their latest killing spree in Boston. Of course from here the search would continue for a trio of her most dangerous and feared Lillin. The first of which would be the beautiful Sister Nil (Cara Buono). A demonic succubus who had slowly began to free herself from Lilith's grasp. It was Nil who was considered one of Lilith's prime killers thanks to her powers and it was in Nil that Lilith found a means to strike against the riders before they came for her. As she would order Nil to infiltrate their lives in whatever way she could.

    This infiltration would prove to be a complicated process as Nil would have to find a way to lower their defenses and that way in she would find would be through Arthur Dolan. Posing as a woman who accidentally rear ended his car, Nil would insist on buying him a coffee sometime which Arthur would accept now he could finally move on with his life knowing he wasn't crazy. Meanwhile Lilith continued her focus on rebuilding her family as she sent Pilgrim and Blackout out in search of her most feared and dangerous son Skinner (Marko Zaror). Known as one of the most brutal and sadistic of the Lillin, it has to be said that in his introduction while still an intimidating figure that Skinner had seemed to have turned away from that old life. Now a humble individual living a quiet life in the woods. Skinner by all accounts had settled down and experienced love for the first time in his life. This served to disappoint both Pilgrim and Blackout as well as Lilith when she was informed as in truth as she spoke with Pilgrim in confidence she had hoped that Skinner would have killed Blackout.

    With this disappointment in mind we saw a truly different side to what was supposed to be a nurturing mother looking to regain her family. As Lilith would use her influence to reawaken the beast inside Skinner as she visited him herself and found him soaked in blood having murdered the family he had raised over the years in order to rejoin his mother. Finally having recruited Skinner, it was down to the last remaining Lillin for Lilith to recruit and that was of course her eldest son Creed (Denis O'Hare). Now posing a weary and tired figure with little interest in battle. Creed while loyal to his mother seemed very much be lacking in fighting spirit down to his time spent in the world. Having got what she wanted with her family reunited and plans to take this world over like she should have done centuries ago. Of course in order to do so first she and her family would have to handle the one entity that could potentially stop her, The Ghost Rider.

    Of course while this was all happening. Many of the scenes involving Johnny Blaze/Danny Ketch were to do with the two brothers becoming acquainted with one another. As while Blaze and Barbara were quick to bond thanks to her warm nature. It took a while for Blaze and Ketch to connect until Johnny noticed Danny's interest in bikes and began to train him to be apart of his stunt show. All the while Barbara and Roxanne would also form a close bond. Meanwhile having seen her father wasn't crazy Stacy Dolan began to reconnect with her father all the while her relationship with Ketch grew stronger having found out his secret. Of course what made the scenes with Stacy and her dad all the more interesting was the arrival of her father's new girlfriend. Posing under the name of Clea Chang, Nil had successfully integrated herself into the life of Arthur and would slowly win over his daughter Stacy as well.

    However what wasn't accounted for was the fact that overtime Nil actually began to develop feelings for Arthur. Which seemed to conflict her as she had to choose between her family and her feelings. That didn't stop her however from informing the Lillin of the location of Blaze's next stunt show where both Johnny and Danny would be performing. Sending a small group of her family comprised of Meatmarket, Outcast, Creed and Pilgrim to the location. It appeared that Lilith's plans were to attack those closest to the riders in order to weaken them. What she didn't bank on however was that Blackout would also tag along as he continued to want to impress her. During this attack it appeared the Lillin were unsure of just how strong the riders were until both Ketch and Blaze took their respective forms. As the fight took place it didn't take long for the riders to claim their first victim in the Lillin as a Hellfire shotgun blast from Blaze completely destroyed Outcast. Meanwhile Ketch was able to brutally disembowel Meatmarket which meant the two largest of the Lillin were struck down.

    Showing off a cowardly side to his nature Blackout hid in the shadows as Pilgrim and Creed looked to make a quick exit. That would be until Pilgrim was trapped by Ketch's trademark chain which caused him to shockingly carve a portal into his own stomach to escape. Meanwhile Creed knowing that he was beaten offered no resistance and instead thanked Johnny Blaze as he ended his life once and for all with the Hellfire gun. However all was not good in the world as the duo went to check on their friends and family to see if they was ok and yet while Arthur Dolan and his girlfriend was safe they would soon come across a grieving Roxanne and Stacy as it was revealed that Blackout having made a fast escape had taken his opportunity to kill Barbara Ketch. With this horrible revelation both Blaze and Ketch were distraught as they reached out to who they could in order to find out what they was up against.

    Unfortunately while John Carik and Sister Sara were not able to help with information. Daimon Hellstrom again proved to be a valuable ally as he was able to put together that the group who attacked were the Lillin which in turn meant that Lilith has risen. Concerned with this information Hellstrom agreed to help the Riders in their quest for vengeance and to help defeat Lilith once and for all. Meanwhile having been mortally wounded by his escape a dying Pilgrim returned to his family with news of their failing. In his dying breaths Pilgrim would inform Lilith of Nil's lack of help during the attack indicating he thinks she has changed sides. Angered by this revelation as well as Blackout's recklessness. Lilith coldly ordered the death of Nil and stated that Blackout would not be going alone as Skinner would be accompanying him. Of course in private Lilith would then tell Skinner that when the job was done he was to kill Blackout as well.

    Allying himself with an at first reluctant Sister Sara, Daimon Hellstrom was able to win over the former nun with his knowledge of Lilith and her plots. Stating that he believes her to be hiding out where she was first bound in Greenland. Hellstrom promises that he has the resources to get them there. As Hellstrom and Sara continued their research, the funeral for Barbara took place. A quiet affair attended by Johnny, Roxanne, Danny, Arthur Dolan, Sister Nil and Stacy Dolan. The group soon found themselves joined by Blackout and Skinner. Now with a target in mind Blackout went after Sister Nil who reverted to her true form much to the horror of Arthur Dolan. As Nil looked to prove her worth by protecting both Arthur and Stacy from her monstrous family an enraged Danny Ketch would go right after Blackout. As this happened Johnny Blaze found himself against the dangerous Skinner.

    Having been reluctant at first to go back to his ways the transformation of Skinner continued here. As he had grown significantly blood thirsty and here he got to show why he was the most feared member of the Lillin. As even after he was horrifically burned seemingly to death by Johnny Blaze, Skinner emerged from the fire as a skeleton before he lamented that all Blaze had burned away was the last remnants of his humanity. In a shocking displayed of selflessness Nil would lunge at her brother only to be viciously cut down with his claws. However her assistance would allow Blaze to grab the hellfire shot gun and blow Skinner to pieces once and for all with multiple shots. Meanwhile Blackout during his battle with Danny Ketch while at first was able to use Ketch's emotions against him, soon found himself on the back foot after he made the mistake of attempting to bite Ketch in his Ghost Rider form.

    As when he did Hellfire would shoot out and horrifically disfigure his face. Badly burned and finding himself up against not one but now two riders. Blackout once again cowardly looked to flee when Blaze was able to trap him with his chain and bind Blackout to a nearby gravestone. With the sun threatening to rise Blackout looked to bargain his way out by telling all he could about Lilith. This included divulging that she and her one remaining Lillin Nakota were in Greenland. Of course none of this would be enough to spare his life as the Riders watched on to see Blackout meet the sun and burn to death. With Blackout vanquished, The group of Sister Sara, Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch would be flown to Greenland by Daimon Hellstrom on his private jet. Having finally earned the groups trust, Daimon was able to help them locate Lilith's lair and it was there we learned just what plan Lilith was cooking up.

    As it was revealed that when she was able to free herself from her prison Lilith had in fact murdered two scientists to get back to strength but that one of them was in fact one of her own. This caused Lilith to face a revelation. That she needed a means to bring back her children. But not just the ones who have fallen recently, all of them. Using the carcass of a leviathan which had kept her imprisoned Lilith was in the process of developing a spell to bring her Lillin back. With the knowledge that her daughter Nakota was too weak to face off the heroes, Lilith opted to battle them herself with her demonic powers and occult abilities. This made her the most formidable foe that the Ghost Riders had come up against even with the assistance of Daimon Hellstrom and Sister Sara. But in the end the combined efforts of the group would send both Lilith and Nakota tumbling into her portal apparently killing them.

    As this season came to an end a series of three post credit scenes wrapped up this season once and for all. The first would be a horrific scene which focused on the fallout of her defeat and what had become of her. This would show Lilith back in her cage which is reminiscent of Greenland itself but the most shocking part of Lilith in this desolate wasteland was what she had done in order to survive. As she was shown to be feasting on the remains of her daughter Nakota who she had murdered. The second scene then showed an equally shocking moment as Roxanne was leaving an antenatal clinic but the moment she got into her car it was consumed by hellfire before we got a brief appearance of Blackheart (Dylan McDermott) who dragged her to hell. The final scenes would then show a young man (Ryan Guzman) speeding down a dark street in a stolen 1969 Dodge Charger. That would be until the car was crashed into the side of by a gang. Stepping out from their car the gang would then open fire on the young man killing him. The show then comes to an end as the young man reawakens with almost a helmet like flaming skull while the car itself is now also ablaze.

    Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider - Played by Taylor Kitch
    Danny Ketch/Ghost Rider - Played by Matt Barr
    Stacy Dolan - Played by Lucy Fry
    Daimon Hellstrom - Played by Josh Henderson
    Sister Sara - Played by Julie Benz
    John Carik - Played by John Carroll Lynch (Cameo)

    Arthur Dolan - Played by Scott Caan
    Blackheart - Played by Dylan McDermott
    Robbie Reyes - Played by Ryan Guzman

    Roxanne Simpson - Played by Katia Winter - Taken to hell by Blackheart
    Barbara Ketch - Played by Nell Tiger Fee - Killed by Blackout
    Caretaker - Played by Willam Sadler - Killed by Danny Ketch
    Lilith - Played by Lady Gaga - reimprisoned
    Zadkiel - Played by Reeve Carney - Banished to hell
    Stephen Lords/Deathwatch - Played by Kristofer Hivju - Killed by Danny Ketch
    Blackout - Played by Michael Rowe - Burned to death
    Pilgrim - Played by Leynar Gomez - Mortally wounded by own claws
    Meat Market - Played by Christopher Sean - Killed by Danny Ketch
    Skinner - Played by Marko Zaror - Killed by Johnny Blaze
    Nakota - Played by Michelle Ang - Killed by Lilith
    Outcast - Played by Dustin Clare - Killed by Johnny Blaze
    Sister Nil - Played by Cara Buono - Killed by Skinner
    Creed - Played by Denis O'Hare - Killed by Johnny Blaze

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    Ghost Rider season 3 confirmed ~ Synopsis/Characters revealed

    After a dark and at points horrifying season 2 of the Ghost Rider series. It is no surprise that a third season has been confirmed. This season is believed to be focusing on a few plot points which include the shocking end to season 2 in which Roxanne (Katia Winter) was dragged to hell by Blackheart (Dylan McDermott). Along with this we will see further development between Johnny Blaze (Taylor Kitsch) and his half brother Danny Ketch (Matt Barr). Plus it can be confirmed that this season will introduce our third Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes (Ryan Guzman)

    Ryan Guzman as Robbie Reyes
    At one time Robbie Reyes was a skilled mechanic and the primary carer for his younger brother Gabriel Reyes. That would be until a fateful night when Reyes entered an illegal street race to gain some extra money only to cross members of a local gang who killed him execution style. However life clung to Mr.Reyes or more specifically something else did as he found himself becoming the newest Ghost Rider. Playing Robbie will be Heroes actor Ryan Guzman.

    Moises Arias as Gabe Reyes
    The younger brother of Robbie, Gabriel 'Gabe' Reyes has long been looked after by his older brother as he has been confined to a wheel chair since birth. Robbie is also described as a protector for his brother who has lately been menaced by a local gang. Playing Gabe will be Kings of Summer actor Moises Arias.

    Demian Bichir as Eli Morrow
    The uncle of Robbie Reyes and Gabe Reyes. Details are currently scarce in regards to the life of Eli Morrow. But what is known is he died behind bars. However what is known is that Eli Morrow with the help of his nephew Robbie is about to become an anomaly even in death. Playing Morrow will be Hateful 8 actor Demian Bichir.

    Martin Sensmeier as Shriker
    A long time friend of Danny Ketch. Jack D'Auria is one of the few people who are believed to know of Ketch's life as the Ghost Rider. However rather than be fearful of his powers, Jack has been inspired and taken up the vigilante moniker of Shriker as he looks to help out Danny when he can. Playing Shriker will be Magnificent 7 actor Martin Sensmeier.

    Scoot McNairy as Andrew Kale
    Having spent his entire life growing up in a cult along with his twin sister Jennifer. Andrew has long believed in mysticism and the occult. But it was during an accidental misread of some sacred text that Andrew's life was changed forever. Playing Kale will be Argo actor Scoot McNairy.

    Andrew Lincoln as Anton Hellgate
    A ruthless businessman who is believed to be a crime lord in secret. Anton Hellgate is speculated to be the financier of the gang which targeted Robbie and his brother. Along with that Anton has developed an interest in the supernatural and the occult. Playing Hellgate will be Walking Dead actor Andrew Lincoln.

    Alicia Witt as Clarisse Van Ripper
    The owner of a halfway house for troubled youths. It is said that while on the outside Clarisse may seem like a wonderful woman with a big heart. Underneath the surface she is a noted child abuser who uses her house as a means to satisfy her sadism. Memories of some of her torture are quick to stick in the mind of Reyes who wants revenge. Playing the role of Clarisse will be Justified actress Alicia Witt.

    Dean Norris as Roadkill
    An urban legend of sorts. Roadkill was once a man who was killed in a hit and run on route 666. Since that time his vengeful spirit has been taking revenge on truckers on that very road thanks to his own vehicle. A truck made out of hellfire. Playing the role of Roadkill will be Breaking Bad actor Dean Norris.

    Rachelle Levefre as Satana
    With the news of a third rider out there capturing the attention of Daimon Hellstrom. He is forced to turn back to his old life to find out more. This will see him turn to his sister Satana who is currently a high level demon in charge of several levels of hell. While not much is concerned it is said that this reunion shall not be a happy one. Playing Satana will be Twilight actress Rachelle Levefre.

    Elliot Villar as Guero Valdez
    Rounding out the group of characters will be gang leader Guero Valdez. The feared leader of his crew is also a former school mate of Robbie Reyes. However their past doesn't mean Valdez hesitated when it come to targeting Robbie and Gabe. Playing Guero will be Mr.Robot actor Elliot Villar

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    Thor series confirmed

    Having been reported that Fox's Marvel series would soon be taking us to Asgard. It is no surprise that the next new series announced will focus on the story of Thor. With Vikings' actor Travis Fimmell set to star in the titular role, the series will focus on Thor's origin story as well his time spent on both Earth as well as his home. Following this announcement the cast/characters for the season have been unveiled.

    Charles Dance as Odin
    The father of Thor and the current ruler of Asgard. It is said that Odin is looking upon his son as the future ruler of the thrown but that he has began to grown concerned with his son's rash decisions and reckless behavior. This is why Odin believes that his son may need to be tested in order to humble him and make him the ruler he believes he can be. Playing Odin will be Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance.

    Mark Pellegrino as Loki
    The god of mischief and the prince of lies. It is said that Loki is very much the polar opposite of his brother Thor and definitely lacks the level of respect and authority that he commands. This has often put the manipulative and jealous Loki at odds with his brother. With Loki's jealously steadily making him more jaded. Playing the role of Loki will be Supernatural actor Mark Pellegrino.

    Carice Van Houten as Jane Foster
    A nurse on earth who becomes acquainted with Thor when he is sent there at the behest of his father. It is stated that Jane despite earning Thor's love is an inadvertent obstacle in Thor's relationship with his father. As Odin does not approve of his son being with a human. Playing the role of Jane will be Game of Thrones actress Carice Van Houten.

    Janina Gavankar as Lady Sif
    A former lover of Thor who is also regarded as one of Asgard's most skilled warriors. Lady Sif is an ally to the Warrior's Three and is the only woman who so far Odin has approved to be a future wife for Thor. Playing Sif will be Sleepy Hollow actress Janina Gavankar.

    Craig Parker as Balder The Brave
    The brother of both Thor and Loki, Balder is quite possibly the most revered of the trio. This is down to his kind nature which has caused many to flock to his presence. Known as the god of light. It is said that Balder has a positive relationship with his brother Thor will the one with Loki is steadily growing tense. Playing Balder will be Spartacus actor Craig Parker.

    Lee Jones as Volstagg
    An asgardian friend of Thor and one of the Warrior's Three. Volstagg is a key member of the group thanks to his hulking size and might. Which is at points offset by his good nature and humor. Playing the role of Volstagg will be Bastard Executioner Lee Jones.

    Kim Basinger as Frigga
    The mother of Thor, Loki and Balder. Frigga is the wife of Odin and the current queen of Asgard. What is also noted about Frigga is that she cares mightily for children and only sees the best for them. Including her son Loki. Playing Loki will be From Here to Eternity actress Kim Basinger.

    Jennifer Morrison as Enchantress
    A goddess from Asgard. It is believed that at one stage Amora the Enchantress was looked upon as a potential wife for Thor before he headed to earth and met Jane Foster. Now a scorned woman facing rejection for the first time in her life, Amora will be out for vengeance. Playing Amora will be House Md Actress Jennifer Morrison.

    Johnny Coyne as Erik Selvig
    A doctor as well as an undercover agent of Shield. It is believed that Selvig is planted in the life of Jane Foster out of belief she is in contact with some individuals of great power. While at first unwilling to believe the stories of Thor, Selvig will soon find himself swayed by the god of thunder. Playing Selvig will be Alcatraz actor Johnny Coyne.

    Ciaran Hinds as Heimdall
    The norse god of vigilance and protection. Heimdall is the gate keeper for the bifrost which links Asgard to nine other worlds. Along with this Heimdall is the older brother of Lady Sif and a close ally of Thor. Playing Heimdall will be Game of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds.

    Tatsuya Fujiwara as Hogun
    Another part of the Warriors Three. Hogun is described as the short tempered and at times rash one of the group. However despite this he is a skilled warrior on the battlefield as well as a master of weapons. Playing Hogun will be Battle Royale actor Tatsuya Fujiwara.

    Pedro Pascal as Fandral the Dashing
    Rounding out the trio of the warrior's three is Fandral the Dashing. A strong and brave asgardian who has fought in many battles. Fandral is considered vain by some thanks to his pride of his good looks as well as his way with the ladies. Playing Fandral will be Kingsman star Pedro Pascal.

    Edwin Hodge as Ulik
    Described as the oldest and most powerful Rock Troll. The being known as Ulik has long sought to overthrow asgard and take Thor's hammer for himself. This has made him a significant enemy for Thor as Ulik's strength make him a tough enemy to battle. Playing Ulik will be Purge actor Edwin Hodge.

    Sherman Augustus as Ymir
    The oldest and most powerful of the frost giants. The being known as Ymir has long been believed to be dead at the hands of Odin following the last battle between Asgard and Jotunheim. However as the years past there have been murmurs that instead Ymir has been in slumber as he recuperates to gain some revenge against his rival. Playing Ymir will be Into the Badlands actor Sherman Augustus.

    William Fichtner as Laufey
    The king of Frost Giants. It is believed that Laufey is a descendant of the former ruler Ymir. While little else is known of Laufey and his plans. What is known is that he currently has a tense relationship with Odin which puts their people on the brink of war. Playing Laufey will be Prison Break actor William Fichtner.

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    Season 2 - Part 1 - The committee/Black Spectre

    While it's first outing may not have gained the viewership or rave reviews as the likes of Blade and Ghost Rider. There is something to be said in regards to Fox's marvel project and their Moon Knight Show. With a ton of credit on the writers and producers plus the cast itself in not shying away from the effects of mental illness. This of course is referring to the titular character himself Marc Spector/Moon Knight (Charlie Hunnam). As in what has quickly become the most complex and potentially darkest show to be featured thus far. It was displayed clearly in the previous season and even more so here that while Marc had some amazing gifts and was able to deliver justice under the orders of Khonshu (Mark Margolis), this violence and his actions constantly took a further toll on him. Which in turn would be shown in several of the opening scenes of the new series.

    Because while Marlene Alraune (Mercedes Mason) may have left his life for the time being. Frenchie (Jacky Ido), Nedda (Jennifer Ehle) and Samuels (Kevin Corrigan) were left to pick up the pieces of his fractured not too mention fragile psyche. As while under his guise of Moon Knight, it appeared that Spector had fully given in to Khonshu as he now handled crimes with a concerning degree of violence. It was during his time as Marc Spector we would truly see the toll it had taken on him as at their behest he met in private with a therapist Elisa Warsame (Rhianna). While at first the two began talking more in theoreticals it would become apparent over these scenes that Warsame was more than aware of what man she was dealing with. This was not only thanks to Frenchie clewing her in but also thanks to Marc's demons which in her mind resembled a major personality disorder.

    With the news that this would be a two part series focus in the first half was on a combination of stories. Many of which were a continuation from the prior season. This would include Detective Flint (Jeffrey Vincent Parisse). While many of Spector's allies had stuck by him following the previous season. One who didn't was the detective following Moon Knight's brutal execution of Bushman. Of course while Flint may have doggedly began hunting Moon Knight in an effort to take him down. He would find a surprising ally to assist him in his pursuit as mayoral candidate Carson Knowles (Wes Bentley) provided him support and resources for his hunt not just for Moon Knight but also for Phillip Russell (Patrick Fabian).

    Having gone on the run at the end of the previous season thanks to the aid of Ryan Trent (Pilou Asbaek). Russell and his new chief of security Trent looked to rebuild the Committee this time with Russell having complete control. While it may have seemed odd at first for Trent's character to take such a 180 degree turn. It became apparent over the season that part of Trent's hate for Moon Knight comes from his own ego and want to be known as a hero. Which is why in working with Russell and keeping crime to the control of this conglomerate, Trent would also get to go out there under the guise of Black Spectre and deal out his own form of justice. Before that however the group would need other members of power and power they would find in it's group. With the first addition being a long time associate and legal representative of Russell, Benjamin Donovan (Omar Dorsey). Following Donovan would be New York's newest crime boss White Dragon (Alain Moussi) who boasts strong triad connections. However unlike Snapdragon who operated a highly professional enterprise in the previous season, this time round with White Dragon we saw a a more violent criminal with no issue at getting his own hands dirty.

    This would make for another compelling physical threat to Moon Knight, as in his scenes White Dragon portrayed a brash, confident figure who was quickly garnering respect across the underworld for his many actions. Along with White Dragon would be a high roller and entrepreneur known as Robert Markham (Joe Anderson). Long rumored to have been linked to criminal activities now Markham was putting his money into these crimes as he desperately looked for allies and the means to cure for a rare viral condition affecting his DNA. Of course at the moment while this new committee formed, Marc Spector while under the guise of Moon Knight would find himself kept busy thanks to several cases on going which were provided to him by the sleazy, unscrupulous private investigator The Profile (Gethin Anthony). The first of these cases focused on a series of killings of criminals mainly affiliated with White Dragon's crew. This series of crimes would indicate a potential new vigilante in the city, however one who is just as violent if not more so than Moon Knight.

    Relying on the Profile now as his eyes and ears. It seemed that Moon Knight's full focus was on not only satisfying the urge of Khonshu but also on bringing Phillip Russell to justice once and for all. Of course what was also on display during these confrontations with the Profile. Is just how anxious and afraid that the Profile was of this incredibly volatile Moon Knight. Although while the Profile may have been intimidated of what he was seeing from Moon Knight, Elisa Warsame instead welcomed the chance to see another side of Marc as she helped him figure out who this vigilante was. Looking over the case files and reading some of the information Warsame would deduce that the attacker was someone who harbored a great resentment towards White Dragon and his crew. This vendetta likely being an act of retaliation or revenge. Unfortunately they would not be the only ones interested as with members of his crew being wiped out. White Dragon would enlist Ryan Trent to handle business for him.

    With this profile in mind Moon Knight would hit the streets and it didn't take him long to find this vigilante. Coming face to face with the Stained Glass Scarlet (Jaime Murray). Clearly the revelation that this vigilante capable of such brutal acts was a young woman as well as a highly devout woman of the cloth was stunning news to Marc Spector. Because instead of fulfilling the urge of Khonshu, Spector instead heard out Scarlet and the reason for why she was targeting White Dragon. This was down to her time as a nun and one particular young man she was fond of. Having acted as almost a mother figure for this young man, Scarlet's tale of woe continued as she explained how she witnessed and was powerless as that young man fell into White Dragon's gang and became horrifically addicted to drugs. This would lead to one tragic night where the sister confronted the young man as he robbed the church and in a scuffle would kill him.

    Stricken with grief and consumed with rage at what she had to do. Scarlet pledged that she will not let any others face the same fate. Which is why she began to target White Dragon and his operation. Surprisingly on hearing this tale and seeing what Scarlet had to say, Marc instead of stopping her would identify with her. Agreeing to work alongside her, Marc would join her as Moon Knight in assisting her taking down White Dragon and his operation. Of course these two vigilantes aligned together would not sit well with White Dragon who basically wanted to destroy the city in an effort to bring his enemies down. Thankfully Phillip Russell would help calm Dragon down as he assured him this will be handled before predicting that they would not be lasting as a duo. They were not the only ones to predict the fall of this partnership however as Frenchie now revealed to be a patient of Elisa as well would state that he does not see this working well. Elisa for her part would also agree as she out of respect for Frenchie would state that Marc is in a vulnerable state and cannot see just how volatile Scarlet is becoming.

    Unfortunately Marc would only realize this way too late as both me and Stained Glass Scarlet attacked White Dragon's headquarters. As the two attacked the base and came under fire from Dragon and his men. Scarlet's rage really took form as she would recklessly start a fire which spread throughout the entire building. Scarlet then continuing this trend would rush off into the battle armed with a series of petrol bombs as she took on White Dragon's men. This would lead to a fight scene between White Dragon and Moon Knight. This would be a hard hitting and very back and forth battle. Possibly one of the best featured in this show's history. Unfortunately while Marc may have started to get the better of White Dragon after knocking him out thanks to a lucky shot. He soon found himself torn between capturing Dragon, saving Scarlet and saving himself as police began to arrive. Adding to his concern would be the arrival of Ryan Trent in his Black Spectre guise. Knowing he had to run from the police, Moon Knight could do little else but watch as Black Spectre would execute Stained Glass Scarlet before making his leave as Detective Flint arrested White Dragon.

    Trapped in police custody, White Dragon was confident that he wouldn't be long behind bars thanks to his representation by Benjamin Donovan. Of course more than confident, Dragon was also angry as he was out for blood and wanted a rematch with Moon Knight. This feeling was also shared by Marc Spector who clearly under the influence of Khonshu was angry that the fight wasn't truly finished. Continuing his work on the ground Marc under his Stephen Grant alias would see him gain a potential ally in Carson Knowles. Portrayed by Wes Bentley as a confident, charismatic individual. Knowles said everything you'd want to hear from a politician as he spoke of only wanting what was best for the city and how he would look to truly punish the guilty and the corrupt. This included doing everything in his power to bring down Phillip Russell and keep White Dragon behind bars. Impressed with what he heard Stephen Grant would become a sponsor for his campaign in exchange for Knowles updating him on his work.

    Meanwhile having found his new place in the world as Black Spectre. Ryan Trent felt a new form of life as he stated that this is what he was meant to be. Of course what a masked vigilante would have to do with Russell's operation would soon become clear. As Trent's attacks on crime were planned to be on the outside a replacement for Moon Knight. While to those informed, Trent would eliminate the competition and provide people a reason to remain oblivious to the true goings on in the world. Aware of the mistakes made last time Phillip Russell planned to find a way to cut out White Dragon. However before they could do so, White Dragon launched an attempt to free himself with a bunch of armed associates attacking his transport and pinning down Detective Flint while killing other officers. This would be until Moon Knight attacked and with the aid of Flint he would take down Dragon's associates. Chasing Dragon down an alleyway, Moon Knight would finally get his rematch in an even more brutal fight which showed Dragon to be possibly his most formidable foe yet. The fight would end in a brutal fashion as well as Moon Knight would break the knee of White Dragon. Instead of killing him however, Moon Knight handed White Dragon over to Flint for him to be taken back to jail.

    On realizing he may have been wrong in his pursuit of Moon Knight. While also firm in the belief that he just saved his life. Flint tells Moon Knight all he knows of Dragon's operation and the rumors of a new committee. It is then that Flint provides Moon Knight with a potential source for him to tap in Benjamin Donovan. Using his associate The Profile to look into Donovan, Marc under the guise of Josh Lockley would soon have another cause for concern after meeting Gena Landers (Tawny Cypress) two sons Ricky (Corey Hawkins) and Ray (Tyler James Williams). While Josh would quickly bond with Ray as the two had a shared military past. It would take him a while longer to bond with Ricky who seemed fully focused on his help with the homeless community. But it wouldn't take long for him to gain two valuable allies from the two brothers especially as Ricky turned to Josh and told him of his concerns in regards to rumors of a serial killer targeting homeless people.

    Turning to Detective Flint once more. Moon Knight asked for help in regards to these reports and Flint said that he is more than welcome to the case as unfortunately with everything that has gone on it has been put on the back burner. Taking the case file Moon Knight would be dismayed and angered to find that details were scarce on this slasher. Continuing her therapy sessions, Elisa Warsame now found her work load increased as she took on sessions with both Nedda and Samuels. The two who were long time allies of Spector remained firm in their loyalty towards him. But the issue was they were harboring a dark secret from him which was Marlene Alraune had vanished. Under Elisa's suggestion the two agreed to keep it quiet for now while she maintained that she would keep watch of Marc. After White Dragon had been defeated, Phillip Russell reached out to an old colleague of his known only as Razor (Ty Olsson). The former military interrogator turned mercenary was employed by Russell to finally take Moon Knight off the board once and for all.

    Of course while one of this new criminal syndicate may have fallen. It doesn't mean that White Dragon's fall was their only problem. Because Robert Markham's desperation about his sickness and his fear of death was making him increasingly desperate. This would allow us further insight into the man in question because flashbacks and quotes would indicate that Markham was a man who always wanted more. Always wanted to be something special but never quite got there much to his anger and annoyance. His growing desperation however would lead him to reckless behavior as he kidnapped scientist Peter Alraune (Xavier Samuel). With demands of a cure, Markham refused to listen to Peter's warnings of experimental treatments containing side effects of which he could not even begin to imagine. As the first half of the season continued to develop we'd carry on seeing Marc Spector and his issues at the focal point. This would include his sessions with Elisa as well as his growing concern that he may have more personalities that he is not yet aware of.

    As he spoke of his looking into the case of the Slasher. Marc began to ponder a frightening thought. That what if in all of this he was the slasher and wasn't aware of it. Looking to reassure Marc, Elisa made it clear that in all this time she has only interacted with the personalities he is aware of. None of which have any awareness either of any other personalities. Reassuring Marc that this isn't his work, Elisa tells him to get fully focused on finding this killer before he targets another victim. Marc wouldn't be the only one with focus on this however as Ricky Landers in his work with the homeless community would implore Bertrand Crawler (Ian McElhinney) not to be out on the streets at night. Unfortunately for the two men they would be in the path of the Slasher (Gil McKinney). After blindsiding Bertrand, The Slasher would scuffle with Ricky and during the collision Ricky would be stabbed in the gut by the Slasher. As Ricky collapsed against a wall, Slasher would take Bertrand with him.

    A few hours would then pass before Ray Landers phoned Josh Lockley. Telling him the news of his brother's death. Ray was out for revenge as he revealed that the Slasher took Bertrand but didn't know that Bertrand had been given a phone with a tracker by Ricky. Out for revenge, Ray wanted to handle this himself until Josh got him to promise to take care of his mum as he knew someone who could deal with this. Of course what they didn't know was Bertrand Crawley was in the process of being taunted by the Slasher. Removing his mask before Bertand, Slasher delighted in revealing that all of this was to get hold of Bertrand. Because in reality the Slasher was Bertrand's son Jimmy. Dragging his father to a rooftop, Jimmy was angry that his father left him as a boy and blamed him for the death of his mother. Armed with a scythe like weapon, the psychotic Jimmy cut his father across the forearms as he pledged to make this very uncomfortable for his father. That would be until he was confronted by Moon Knight. Charging Moon Knight with his scythe, Slasher was no match physically for Moon Knight who disarmed him with ease only for Bertrand to plead for his son's life.

    Too far gone and angry that his father was speaking up for him. Jimmy Crawley continued trying to fight even though he was beaten. Steadily getting more angry and refusing to accept his fate Jimmy would take one step back too many in this fight and tragically fell from the rooftop to his death below. Before Bertrand could speak however both he and Moon Knight would be attacked by Razor. Looking to fulfill Russell's orders, Razor attacked with a variety of bladed weapons but found that he was no match for Moon Knight who swiftly defeated him and left him for the police much to the annoyance of Khonshu whose thirst for blood appeared to have grown. Speaking with Crawley later on having told him the truth, Marc seemed surprised yet relieved when Crawley forgave Marc for what happened with his son. As he insisted that he should have took better care of him. Asking about Gena, Marc said she didn't appear interested in speaking to either of them for now which is why they should give her time. In the meantime, Marc wants to follow in Ricky's footsteps by getting Bertrand off the streets with both a job and a home.

    Having helped out one of his allies, Marc would then be met by the wary Profile who informed Marc that he had managed to plant a bug in Donovan's office. This bug has given him the confirmation that Donovan is aligned with Phillip Russell as well as Black Spectre. This being the news he wanted to hear, Moon Knight arrived at the offices of Donovan after dark and having beaten up his security force. Moon Knight would confront/threaten Donovan. Petrified of Moon Knight and not wanting to suffer a similar fate to the likes of Bushman, Donovan confessed everything he could. Giving up the location of Russell, Donovan finished by warning Moon Knight of Black Spectre as he begged to be allowed to run. Instead Moon Knight would slam him down through his desk before closing by saying the police will deal with him. Having been built up now for well over a season and a half we'd finally see a face off between Phillip Russell and Moon Knight.

    Now while physically this was a no contest. It was a curious face off between the two as Russell rather than reason or bargain with Moon Knight. Instead attempted to bribe him as a part of his operation. Of course this was merely a diversion as it allowed Ryan Trent to suit up as Black Spectre and attack Moon Knight. Russell for his part would look to use this as a opportunity to flee only to come face to face with a police task force led by Detective Flint which would arrest him once and for all. With police storming the building, the fight between Moon Knight and Black Spectre would continue to be back and forth until Moon Knight began to hallucinate. Losing it as he believed this was the work of Khonshu, Moon Knight recklessly began to attack Black Spectre before slowly beating him down brutally. Removing Spectre's mask revealing him to be Ryan Trent, Moon Knight ended the fight by kicking Black Spectre down a small flight of stairs. Unfortunately on his attempt at an exit Moon Knight would be confronted by a couple of officers who had been ordered mid siege by Carson Knowles to apprehend the vigilante as well.

    Oddly the police officers instead of arresting Marc, also appeared to be experiencing hallucinations as they opened fire on Moon Knight who just barely was able to make an escape. Later that day the officers in question claimed little memory of what went on as they claimed something took over them. Meanwhile Phillip Russell in his interrogation showed himself to be a true survivor as he got himself a great deal for prison in exchange for giving up many of his contacts. This would include the current mayor which would in turn lead to the election of Carson Knowles. Over the coming nights following this event Marc Spector would have some horrific dreams in which he would see himself confronting Khonshu demanding answers as to why he is affecting him so. To his annoyance Khonshu stated this wasn't his work and over the course of these dreams and hallucinations. Spector would find himself questioning whether a mental breakdown was coming.

    Unfortunately he'd have no time to rest as a series of explosions would begin across the city with CCTV picking up facial imagery of the culprit Peter Alraune. This knowledge would force Marc out there despite the concerns of Elisa among others. However on confronting Peter it became clear that this wasn't Peter Alraune doing this work. Instead he was a puppet for Robert Markham who following the experimental treatment became the hideous yet powerful Morpheus. With the ability to haunt dreams and cause hallucinations. Markham used his abilities to cause Peter to perform horrific acts all in retaliation for what Peter's treatment turned him into. This would lead to a confrontation between Moon Knight, Morpheus and Peter in which Moon Knight found himself in a terrible predicament as Morpheus used Peter as a shield to keep Moon Knight from coming close to him. Unwilling to hurt Peter, Moon Knight allowed Peter to strike him several times all the while an apologetic Peter asked for a way out. In what became a dark, morally ambiguous end Peter Alraune would trigger an explosion which would kill himself but allow Moon Knight the chance to get a hold of and kill a stunned Morpheus before his powers could affect him once more.

    Part 2 - Shadow Knight

    After a dark end to the first half of the season which culminated with a tragic death as well as the end of the Committee. The second half of the season took a more personal approach to Marc Spector and his life. As the early scenes didn't focus at all on Marc or his story. But instead we saw a retelling of his origin however this time focusing on his brother Randall Spector (Phillip Winchester). The younger brother of Marc, it was shown how even as a child Randall held resentment for his brother. Be it over the fact that he could never beat his brother in boxing or war games. Or how it appeared that no matter his success as an athlete, Randall would never earn his father's respect. As the two later joined the military and became mercenaries. Randall's psychopathic tendencies really began to come to light. As when his brother was able to find happiness with a girl called Lisa. Randall would equally look for happiness in this time and meet a woman with whom he had a son. However he could not quell the darkness inside of him and would abandon them before later secretly murdering Lisa in her sleep unbeknownst to Marc. Of course this would all lead to that eventual clash between the brothers with Randall pulling out a grenade only for Marc to send it flying back to him with the explosion sending him off a cliff to his 'death'.

    Of course we know now that Randall never died during this fall. Instead he wound up impaled on the branch of a nearby tree and would be rushed to hospital. Heavily bandaged it was revealed that Randall had been affected by the radiation and chemicals which enabled him the power to heal quickly from these wounds. With word of his healing getting out there Randall would be met and worshiped by the devout Sandahl Swarn (Danay Garcia) who along with her cult truly believed him as the true vessel of Khonshu. Along with her knights of the moon, the delusional Sandahl would be used by Randall to garner as much information about his brother since his return to New York. Armed as well with the knowledge of Marlene Alraune's whereabouts, Randall would pose as a like minded archaeologist to lower her guard before kidnapping her. The following scenes were uncomfortable as well as brutal as Randall tortured Marlene as he wanted to know everything about how Marc got the power that Randall desperately craved. Of course no matter what he did Marlene wouldn't break and she would not turn on the man she loved.

    Angry at this revelation Randall instead of continuing this research would inform Sandahl that they were heading to New York and bringing Marlene with her. For if she will not tell them how to get the power of Khonshu, instead he will take it from his brother's corpse. While they began to make plans to arrive to the city, Marc found himself in an interesting situation on one of his treks through the city as Moon Knight. Because he would find himself confronted by old rival Midnight. However instead of battling Moon Knight, Midnight would unmask and introduce himself as Jeff Wilde (Nick Jonas). In what was at first an uneasy conversation Jeffrey revealed that he was the son of the original Midnight Man aka Anton Mogat (Matt Mullins). Going on to confirm that Anton survived that battle with Moon Knight but the pipe he fell down would lead him to fall into chemicals which later led to his death. It was only in his father's death that Jeffrey learned the kind of man he really was and he wanted to redeem his legacy alongside the man who bested his father.

    Unsure of what to do following this, Marc would reach out to Elisa Warsame and Frenchie for guidance. Both of whom seemed to agree that any help for Marc would be beneficial. Meanwhile Ray Landers would also offer his services to Marc as he stated that he didn't hold any resentment for the lies he told and didn't hold him responsible for the death of his brother. Unlike his mother Gena who still remained distant from Marc as she believed that him coming into their lives brought death and trouble. Which unfortunately would be an omen of things to come as that very night Detective Flint was summoned for a meeting with Moon Knight. Instead of meeting Moon Knight however he would be confronted by the Knights of the Moon before coming face to face with the Shadow Knight which was Randall Spector in a costume of his own. Using a hatchet Randall would brutally kill Detective Flint in what was a shocking death to the series. News of Flint's demise would get out fast but Randall didn't hang around in targeting others in Marc's life with his next act breaking into the home Marc provided for Bertrand Crawley before viciously murdering the man in similar fashion.

    What Randall didn't count on however was the resourcefulness of Marlene Alraune who was able to make a desperate escape from the clutches of Sandahl and her knights of the moon. Beaten and badly injured Marlene managed to make it to Marc's home where she collapsed on his door step and was brought inside by Samuels and Nedda to rest. It was here that the jaw dropping news would get out as Marc and Frenchy would learn that all this death in the city was down to Marc's brother Randall. Several sessions with Elisa followed as Marc spoke of his brother and the man he become. Elisa was quick to remind Marc though that the difference between Marc and Randall was that Marc cared. That he let people in and that he was not a monster. Which is why she advised Marc to accept the help of both Midnight and Ray Landers. Having heard of Marlene's escape an angered Randall realized that by now the element of surprise had been lost. Which is why he ordered Sandahl and her knights to kill Marlene and anyone else who gets in there way. When asked what he will do, Randall revealed that Marc was coming for him so he might as well make sure he was prepared.

    In the run up to his confrontation with his brother, Marc having become a more stable and confident individual. Confronted Khonshu in an effort to stop the god and his wicked, abusive taunting. Reminding Khonshu as to how he chose him to deal out justice, Marc informed him that all Randall would do with the gift is strike down innocents and disgrace Khonshu's legacy. This appeared to be a turning point in their relationship as Khonshu appeared to partly accept and respect what Marc said before telling him that in this battle. There cannot be any mercy and that one of them must die to truly end it. As he sought out his brother, Marc would find that Randall had left him several clues to his location which would lead to him being transported thanks to Ray Landers' pilot abilities to New Orleans. All the while Frenchie and Midnight would arm themselves in an effort to protect Marlene as well as Nedda and Samuels. Spector's home would soon be attacked by the Knights of the Moon but while Frenchie and Midnight as well as Samuels and Nedda were able to shoot them down. Upstairs Marlene would find herself confronted by Sandahl Swarn. Remaining devoted to Randall, despite Marlene rightly saying that he would kill her the second he no longer needed her. Sandahl attacked Marlene in what was a short fight which only ended thanks to Marlene shooting Sandahl through the head killing her instantly.

    With the knights of the moon defeated, this just left Randall Spector/The Shadow Knight to deal with. As Marc in his Moon Knight guise arrived in New Orleans with Ray Landers. He would find the place over crowded thanks to a carnival. One in which would see Randall resorting to mind games as he disguised himself as a priest and used this opportunity to blindside Marc before stealing some of his weapons. As the battle took place on the streets it became clear that Randall truly had a blood thirst as he didn't even hesitate to kill innocents using Marc's crescent darts. However on running out of ammo, Randall quickly changed tact as he took a hostage in Ray Landers and revealed that he had a bomb attached to his cheat as he dragged Ray towards the docks. Taunting Marc that he couldn't beat him now, Randall declared he was the true host of Khonshu but his arrogance only appeared to anger the god who gifted Spector with the Sapphire Crescent. Throwing the sapphire crescent the weapon would quickly dart past Ray and cut the throat of Randall open. taking a step back with the crescent still in his neck, Randall fell back first into the water before sinking below as his bomb triggered killing him in an instant. Returning home Marc Spector would then reconcile with Marlene Alraune as she apologized for leaving in the first place ending what was a dark season on a happy note.

    True to form as Moon Knight's second season came to an end we was treated to a post credit scene. This one packed a real punch compared to many as we saw Elisa Warsame in her office preparing for her next session when she was joined by the mayor Carson Knowles. What followed was a shocking scene as it was revealed that this entire season Elisa had been a plant in the life of Marc Spector and his associates as she had manipulated him and his allies to help Carson Knowles rise to power. With a confident smirk Knowles then stated that now he could not be stopped and it was time to finally bring an end to Moon Knight!

    Marc Spector/Moon Knight - Played by Charlie Hunnam
    Marlene Alraune - Played by Mercedes Mason
    Frenchie - Played by Jacky Ido
    Khonshu - Voiced by Mark Margolis
    Gena Landers - Played by Tawny Cypress
    Samuels - Played by Kevin Corrigan
    Nedda - Played by Jennifer Ehle
    The Profile - Played by Gethin Anthony
    Ray Landers - Played by Tyler James Williams
    Jeffrey Wilde/Midnight - Played by Nick Jonas
    Elisa Warsame - Played by Rhianna
    Carson Knowles - Played by Wes Bentley
    Bertrand Crawley - Played by Ian McElhinney - Killed by Shadow Knight
    Detective Flint - Played by Jeffrey Vincent Parisse - Killed by Shadow Knight

    Ricky Landers - Played by Corey Hawkins - Killed by Slasher
    Ryan Trent/Black Spectre - Played by Pilou Asbaek - Arrested
    Anton Mogart/Midnight Man - Played by Matt Mullins - Died due to toxic exposure

    Phillip Russell - Played by Patrick Fabian - Arrested
    Benjamin Donovan - Played by Omar Dorsey - Arrested
    Randall Spector/Shadow Knight - Played by Phillip Winchester - Killed by Moon Knight
    Scarlet Fasinera/Stained Glass Scarlet - Played by Jaime Murray
    Peter Alraune - Played by Xavier Samuel - Died in explosion
    Robert Markham - Played by Joe Anderson - Killed by Moon Knight
    Sandahl Swarn - Played by Danay Garcia - Killed by Marlene
    Razor - Played by Ty Olsson - Arrested
    Jimmy Crawley/The Slasher - Played by Gil McKinney - Died falling off a roof
    White Dragon - Played by Alain Moussi - Arrested
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    Moon Knight Final season confirmed ~ Characters announced

    After a highly shocking season 2 of Moon Knight. It can be sadly confirmed that the series will wrap up with it's third season. This season is set to branch out from New York as it will also feature in Los Angeles and other locations. It is believed this season will focus heavily on Carson Knowles (Wes Bentley) and his rise to power as well as just why he manipulated Moon Knight in the previous season. While also focusing on some highly personal stories from Marc (Charlie Hunnam) and Frenchie (Jacky Ido) past as mercenaries.

    Wendell Pierce as Buck Lime
    With Moon Knight leaving New York and taking to Los Angeles at a point in this story. He is quick to catch the eye of many in law enforcement. One in particular is a shield agent assigned personally to his case. It is believed that agent Buck Lime has been tasked with assessing Moon Knight and whether he is a viable member of Shield. Playing Buck will be the Wire actor Wendell Pierce.

    Karine Varnasse as Isabelle Kristel
    A former love interest from the past of Frenchie. It is believed that Isabelle is a french agent who has been sent to the US to infiltrate a criminal operation. Whilst there to reconnects with Frenchie and possibly gains some valuable allies. Playing Isabelle will be Revenge actress Karine Varnasse.

    Sarah Jones as Jordana
    An ex lover of Marc Spector from his mercenary days. Jordana similar to Isabelle is now an agent who has been sent to the states in order to gain intel on a criminal organisation. One which has personal ties to her due to this organisation being responsible for the death of her brother. Playing Jordana will be Alcatraz actress Sarah Jones.

    Justin Hartley as Rob Silverman
    A physical therapist referred to Marc Spector and Frenchie by Elisa Warsame. Rob Silverman is said to be a man proud of his work and happy to help those in need. Overtime there is said to be a noted attraction between Frenchie and Silverman. Playing Silverman will be Smallville actor Justin Hartley.

    Elena Satine as Erin Mackey/Anarchy
    An agent of a criminal cabal which has gone global. Erin Mackey also known as Anarchy was once a freelance terrorist before being recruited into this operation. Playing the role of Mackey will be Revenge actress Elena Satine.

    Lou Diamond Phillips as Boom Boom
    An assassin who has long been apart of the criminal cabal. There is little known about the personal life of the mercenary known as Boom Boom. What is known however is that the mercenary is an explosives expert who uses his abilities to make his hits look like terrorist attacks. Playing Boom Boom is Blindspot actor Lou Diamond Phillips.

    JR Bourne as Cajun Creed
    A wanted criminal, mercenary and drug dealer/smuggler. Cajun Creed has long been apart of top ten most wanted lists for many crimes against humanity. It is believed along with having a strong army packed full of blood thirsty killers. Creed has been using an enhancement to increase his strength and durability. Playing Creed will be Teen Wolf actor JR Bourne.

    Robert John Burke as Commodore Planet
    A former navy commander who was discharged thanks to his involvement in arms dealing, drug smuggling and a whole bunch of war crimes. Commodore Donny Planet is believed to be the head of the criminal cabal which is being investigated by Isabelle and Jordana. Playing Planet will be Person of Interest actor Robert John Burke.

    Ashton Holmes as Seth Phalkon
    It appears that Marc Spector may not be the only individual who has had his life influenced by an egyptian god. Because through Carson Knowles manipulations, Marc Spector comes across a weary man known as Seth Phalkon. A man claiming to suffer from a similar condition to his albeit one with a lot darker secrets. Playing Seth will be Revenge actor Ashton Holmes.

    Jared Padalecki as Jacob Russell
    As Carson Knowles continues to manipulate Moon Knight. It seems that Knowles began using Moon Knight to target threats to him. This would include a man known as Jacob Russell. While to the untrained eye Russell is a reclusive millionaire who keeps only to the grounds of his family estate. It is said that he harbors a dark secret which will put him in Moon Knight's crosshairs. Playing Jacob will be Supernatural actor Jared Padalecki.

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