It takes years of toil to create a universe, and it is astonishing to think of what an empire as expansive as Marvel has done over the course of 11 years from ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Avengers: Endgame’. They are surely reaping the benefits of long term strategizing, and most of all patience. A part of that strategizing and enterprising would be Marvel’s and its universe’s planned expansion onto television, spread across a number of networks, most popular and sizeable among them being Netflix that houses the ever expanding universe’s ‘Daredevil’, ‘Jessica Jones’, ‘Luke Cage’, ‘Iron Fist’, ‘The Defenders’ and ‘The Punisher’, some of the biggest and most successful shows the universe has put out, although all of them stand cancelled as of now.
Hulu too isn’t far behind, having a slate of popular shows available for streaming, and a number of them upcoming. What that states for certain is that even though ‘The Infinity Saga’ may have ended with ‘Avengers: Endgame’, the continuity in these shows hasn’t. However, there is only a certain time until re-watches can hold up. Out of the 13 shows announced, only 2 currently remain on air, while the rest of them have either completed their limited run or have been cancelled following lacklustre reception. This could also be a planned move by the MCU and Marvel, since they now wish to concentrate most of their audience on the newly announced Disney+ streaming service, due later this year. So with all that said, here’s the list of really good Marvel shows on Hulu that are available to stream right now:
5. Ghost Rider (2020)
I was looking for milder ways to say this, but I have decided against it. Ghost Rider is badass, one of the best Marvel properties that I have come to adore and respect. However, the films starring Nicholas Cage aren’t. They lack the necessary treatment and flair that are required for a movie about a skull on fire riding a spiked motorcycle. The first one was still silly fun, but the second one was plain silly. Thankfully, Ghost Rider is up for a renewed TV treatment, after having the character debut in the fourth season premiere that in and of itself established a very different tone for the season altogether.
‘Ghost Rider’, the series, is going to be a Hulu original and will have Robbie Reyes from ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ being reprised by Gabriel Luna in the role. Ghost Rider will see a marked departure from its Johnny Blaze incarnation, and will focus on Reyes’ incarnation of it, just as the origin story remains mostly the same. The story is set around the Texas-Mexico border and will begin with Reyes unleashing the demonic Ghost Rider spirit and embodying it, avenging the innocent who have been wronged. The setting also unmistakably makes room for a bit of a Southern vibe, and that should be a good addition. Talking of that, one of the best among the few good things about the first film was that they got Sam Elliott to play the Caretaker and the first Ghost Rider. While the show definitely wouldn’t have that of which I am sure, I am still ready to give it a chance when it comes out next year, well, mostly because it’s Ghost Rider.