The Best of the Best Of the Marvel TV Universe: A Definitive Ranking

The Best of the Best Of the Marvel TV Universe: A Definitive Ranking

Full Disclosure: I'm only talking about Marvel TV on Netflix (sorry my fellow Hulu peeps).

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If Marvel knows one thing for certain, it's how to make great entertainment. And while the entire world gave a collective *gasp* because of Marvel's "Infinity War", there's another aspect of Marvel that goes largely ignored in the mainstream and that's their television universe. Now, I'll admit that I'm a bit late on the Marvel TV bandwagon because I used to be one of those "DC only" freaks who never gave Marvel a shot, and it wasn't until I watched - sorry, pirated (don't @ me FBI, go grill someone else please) - "Infinity War" did I decide to delve further into the vast Marvel universe.

With that all out of the way, allow me to rank and rate 5 series' that are currently on Netflix right now: "Daredevil", "Jessica Jones", "Luke Cage", "Iron Fist" and "The Defenders". I didn't know how else to rank these shows, so I'll rate them based on similar categories like the Emmys or Oscars, but with my own spin on them.

Best Title Sequence - "Daredevil"

When I first started watching "Daredevil", I was thrown off by the long title sequence for the show (only to then find out that all Marvel TV show openings are like that). I at first did not understand the symbols that are in the sequence: the bridge, the water tower, the city scape, a sad angel and especially lady justice. Yet, as anyone who has watched "Daredevil" knows that these all represent Matt Murdock's journey into becoming Daredevil.

Best Music - "Luke Cage"

"Luke Cage" definitively has the best music by far in the Marvel TV universe. Harlem's Paradise, the club frequented by the rich and affluent individuals of Harlem, has live performances for the patrons to dance to. I personally love "Love Live The Chief" sung originally by Jidenna. Take a look at the lyrics, they echo sentiment about Harlem and growing up "how to make a silver spoon out of plastic." What's more Harlem than that?

Best Editing - "Iron Fist"

Anger management issues much there Danny?

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To tell you the truth, I'm only saying Iron Fist has the best editing because most of the other series' have severe continuity errors with their editing. Iron Fist has great editing because of the show's amazing action sequences (see below for more on that). Then again, when it comes to Marvel action scenes in general, the editing is great.

Best Supporting Characters/Cast - "Luke Cage"

While yes, all of the series' have great supporting casts, I think "Luke Cage" has the best cast because I legitimately as if I'm in Harlem with them whenever I watch the series. From hanging out at Pop's shop in the series opener to Harlem's Paradise with Cottonmouth and Mariah, you get a sense of the neighborhood itself. The camaraderie and "I got your six" attitude of Harlem is what makes "Luke Cage" so special: You understand why Luke wants to protect Harlem because of the people that populate it.

Best Dialogue - "Jessica Jones"

Indeed it does, Jessica.

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Now, I could totally be biased when I say this, but "Jessica Jones" has the best dialogue, hands down. I have a bit of an attitude myself from time to time, but damn Jessica's one liners just crack me up. Check out her lines from "The Defenders" here or lines from season one here.

Best Action Sequences - "Iron Fist"

Ninjas, swords, and Colleen Wing in brutal fight-to-the-death-for-cash cage fights. 'Nough said.

Best Character Development - "Daredevil"

Remind me to not piss Matt off... not that I need reminding.

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Truthfully, I can't get enough of Foggy, Karen and Matt as a team. And while (*spoiler!*) they don't remain as the beloved Nelson and Murdock team long after Matt (*again spoiler!*) reveals he's Daredevil to Karen at the end of season two, I still yearn for the day to see them all in season three sometime this year.

Best Crossover Character - Claire Temple

Arguably one of her best delivered lines ever.

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Come on, you can't expect me to write a glorified love letter to Netflix and Marvel with this article and NOT mention the greatest character of the Marvel TV universe, do you? Claire Temple is a goddess, period. The amount of crap this woman puts up with for our vigilante heroes is astounding. Not only does she patch up Daredevil when in need and takes defense classes to defend herself from bad guys, but she also saves Luke not once but twice from death. Claire Temple is the unsung hero of the Marvel Universe and should rightfully get the key to the city (or a promotion from Tony Stark, one of the two).

Best Standalone Villain - Kilgrave from "Jessica Jones"

Yes, yes, this one is arguably very controversial to rank as the best villain in the Marvel TV universe, but hear me out. Kilgrave is - sorry, was (*delayed spoiler*) - an individual who abused his powers for his own benefit and at the expense of every human being he encountered. And before you get defensive and say, "But hey, what about the Punisher? What about Wilson Fisk and the Hand?", might I remind you that Kilgrave once took an entire precinct hostage (see the last scene in the video above) and ordered his own parents to commit suicide? Might I also remind you that the Punisher is more of an anti-hero (a twisted one at that), that Wilson Fisk is a wannabe Soprano and that the Hand is… just a mess all around? There, I rest my case. Hopefully Matt Murdock and Jeri Hogarth will be proud of my defense there.

Best Hero - The Defenders

Classic.

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Like I can pick between the four of them! Come on, they're all great.

We truly live in a golden age of television and superheroes. Don't mind me while I continue to sell my soul (and time and frankly money) to Netflix and Marvel as I watch the rest of the universe unfold on the silver screen. If you haven't already dug into the universe, I highly suggest you do so before the Hand plans to *ahem* resurrect itself (pun definitely intended there) to try to take over the world again.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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6 Things I Never Miss To Have In My Handbag

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I take my handbag everywhere and carried everything at times even junk, worn out receipts, tickets, coupons for a long time. Thought it would be the right time to come to terms with it. I have started organizing or should I say customize my shoulder companion with things that are needed every day for me so that I could share it with you peeps. I really like my handbag that I became a sucker for naming it and you can see it why.

My Nutcracker Case

It might seem different but that is how I like to call my cute little box with nuts. I fill them up with almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnut and dried fruits and sorts if I go out. My nutcracker case helps me with my hunger pangs and snacking habit. I can munch them on when I have to skip my eating during my studies or if I have some work or travel. It is just a simple healthy alternative I do instead of grabbing fries or burgers. I've been taking healthy choices lately and this idea is helping me a lot. Try it!

My Perfume

I literally cannot survive without my perfume. It keeps me going and it really helps me on the go. My perfume is like a part of me so I am very choosy about it. So that said, I always keep my perfume in my handbag. How do I choose my perfume? My nose has a sharp sensitivity over the fragrances. So it says, what is the best perfume for women.

My Tech Space

I use to put up a fight every time with my handbag in the name of searching for my charger and headphones. So I gave it a thought. My favorite clear pouch came to the rescue and I gave it a name, my Tech Space. I carry my two headphones, my power bank, pen drives, travel phone charger, memory cards, and USB connector within the Tech space!

Money Banks

Well you would have figured it out by now. Yes, it's my wallet . Something I would never miss to have. I do have a separate small coin pouch. I am not a big wallet person so I always prefer a small comfortable wallet with many racks where I put my cards and ready-cash. I don't just put my wallet in my bag; I specifically have them in a zipped compartment. Once I had a bad experience when I left my wallet in the room due to 'bag cleaning'. So from then on, I started to put my wallet in a separate zipped compartment, so that it remains safe even when I occasionally take out the bag.

My Journal

I am still an old school. I will better remember the details when I manually write it down. My journal is also my 'To-Do list' so I pretty much use it for everything. I carry a fountain pen with me which I use, so pretty much I am a very old school indeed.

Vanity

I stash all my skin essentials in this pouch. I will have a small bottle of my daily-facewash, a pack of facial tissues, my moisturizer, a concealer, small mirror and a light lip shade, overall a quick makeup fix. I have a side compartment in my vanity pouch where I keep my sanitary needs. I need my lip balm very often, so I usually put it the bag so every time I don't have to open the pouch.

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