Over at IMDb, the entertainment industry powerhouse took a look at the 10 television series which their users are most eager to watch in 2017. The site explained the rankings are based on traffic data to their TV series’ pages, which has millions of visitors and users. Out of the 10 on the list, three are comic-book adaptations, and all are of Marvel properties, with two being Netflix shows and one being an X-Men title from FX. Herewith, are excerpts:
The rights to Marvel’s X-Men properties are owned by 20th Century Fox, hence FX’s creation of Legion, helmed by ‘Fargo’ mastermind Noah Hawley and it is only the second live-action TV series based on an actual X-Men comic book (don’t forget the forgettable Mutant X series of 2001). It tells the story of Charles Xavier’s son David Haller (Dan Stevens), a mutant whose psychiatric illness turns out to endow him with a set of incredible powers. There’s an almost feverish hope that new – or established – X-Men will show up once in a while. The look and feel of the show, too, promises a great show.
Premieres Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
One of Marvel’s most hotly-anticipated TV properties is Iron Fist, debuting as a part of the company’s deal with Netflix. Yet another vigilante – though probably not clad in his comic-book counterpart’s bright yellow and green get-up – will help clean up evil off New York streets. This is actually the fourth series borne of the megadeal with Netflix, and viewers will be introduced to billionaire Buddhist monk Danny Rand (Finn Jones) after he returns to the Big Apple after over a decade. The only difference is that he’s back loaded with remarkable martial arts mastery and even more remarkable supernatural powers. Heavily-viewed trailers suggest a stylish show which will be packed with action and character. Returning from the recent hit Luke Cage, Claire Temple (played by Rosario Dawson), will make it her fourth Netflix Marvel series.
Premieres Friday, March 17, on Netflix.
Much in the way standalone Marvel movies came together into the now-classic Avengers film by Joss Whedon, the Netflix deal was begun to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe to streaming audiences, eventually building to the team series called The Defenders. Set to launch at a yet-to-be specified date in 2017 and comprising eight episodes, it will unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist for an epic face-off against evil in New York City. We suspect that’s the character being played by living legend Sigourney Weaver, even though details about the big bad are as of yet pretty scarce. Interestingly, in the comic-book version of The Defenders, recent Marvel movie addition Dr. Strange was a mainstay, playing a crucial role in that super team, making us wonder if the good doctor will appear in a super-surprise cameo. That would make ours Marvel indeed!
Premieres sometime in 2017 on Netflix.
The full list, with ranking according to generated interest, follows:
10. “Legion” (FX)
9. “24: Legacy” (FOX)
8. “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
7. “American Gods” (Starz)
6. “The Defenders” (Netflix)
5. “Twin Peaks” (Showtime)
4. “Iron Fist” (Netflix)
3. “Taboo” (FX)
2. “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Netflix)
- “Prison Break: Sequel” (FOX)
Do head on to IMDb.com for more details of the remaining seven.
By Abdulkareem Baba Aminu