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Who is Heimdall?

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Who is Heimdall?


Heimdall is a Marvel character based off the mythological Norse god, Heimdallr.  The primary Asir/Asgardian hero in the Marvel universe is Thor, who is generally Heimdall's friend.   Heimdall is generally highly loyal to whomever has the throne of Asgard.  He has battled Thor on a few occasions sticking to orders of Odin.   In the MCU Heimdall has been played by Idris Elba in the films, Thor, Thor 2, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.


 First Appearance:  Journey into Mystery #85


Species:  Asgardian

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Bio:
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Heimdall is an Asgardian born of the nine mothers.  He is the brother of the female Asgardian warrior, Sif.  He is unusually strong and wise even for an Asgardian and is born with a special gift of heightened senses.  His sense or hearing and sight are so strong that he can hear the sap moving the trees or a butterfly flap its wings many worlds away.  He can see onto other worlds, and it has been suggested in certain stories through time itself.

With his wisdom, steadfast loyalty and powers he is appointed to by Odin to guard the bifrost (rainbow bridge) that connects Asgard to other worlds.  In function he is Asgard's chief guardian and its first line of defense.

On a few occasions Heimdall has been put in charge of Asgard and given the magical God like powers called the Odin Force.  On these occasions Heimdall is one of the most powerful characters in all the Marvel universe.

To overcome Heimdall guard of the bifrost generally opposing forces have used magic, technology or in the case of Loki trickery.  He has however been successful on most occasions of controlling the comings and goings on the bifrost bridge.  A few characters such as hyper powered Absorbing Man, the Hulk, and Surtuur have managed to cross into Asgard by defeating Heimdall with brute strength.


Powers:
Amongst all the Asgard, Heimdall is considered to be one of the strongest, and most powerful along with Thor, and Odin himself.  He has defeated Thor once in personal combat (However, Thor's powers were halved at the time).   He also has personally battled the Hulk  and Surtuur but was eventually overcome by both heavy weights.   He is one of the wisest Asgardians having drunk from the well of Mimir like Odin.

Being Asgardian he is far stronger, faster, and more durable than a normal human.  He also ages much slower and can live for thousands of years.  Heimdall is considered unusually strong even for an Asgardian putting him in the company of Odin and Thor.

Martial skills - Considered roughly the equal of Thor and Odin.

Heimdall's primary power is hyper senses that allow him to see and hear on other world's.  These senses make him a formidable sentry.

Magic abilities:
Interdimensional travel, and communication

Magic Items:
Uru Sword - Said to have magical energy abilities


Gjallarhorn - The yelling a horn a horn capable of reaching out to all Asgardians regardless of there location in the world of Asgard to tell there is trouble.

Gulltroppr - Magic horse

MCU:
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Heimdall is in the MCU films Thor, Thor 2 the Dark World, and Avengers Age of Ultron.  He is played by Idris Elba.
In Thor and Thor 2 Heimdall guards the Rainbrow bridge or the Bifrost bridge that connects Asgard to other worlds.  He is depicted as being highly capable and loyal to Odin.





Heimdall has a look in Thor Ragnarok.  He does not appear in his gold armor but instead appears to be undercover.  He is also not guarding the bifrost bridge as he traditionally does.  One theory is that Heimdall is the carrier of the Soul Infinity Gem.  Hela could be searching for him to add the gem to her powers.  This causes Heimdall to go into hiding.

While it is unclear if this is true or not Heimdall does have an interesting looking gem set into the chestplate of his armor.  This gem could certainly be the soul gem.


If Heimdall does have the soul infinity gem it would also closely tie him to the events in Avengers Infinity War where Thanos is attempting to collect all of the infinity stones to make himself  omnipotent.


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The hidden secrets of the Daredevil Netflix Series

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The hidden secrets of the Daredevil Netflix Series


The Daredevil Netflix series is amazing all on its own (See our spoiler free review HERE) but it also is riddled with tiny details that many may not notice.  Details that are references to other characters, Marvel projects and even foreshadowing for the future of the series.


Lets go through these!


Spoilers:


The Boxing Gym:
The first major Easter Eggs occur during the second episode of Daredevil called the Cutman.  In the boxing gym we see Jack Murdock (Daredevil's father) talking to a character known as the Fixer.  The Fixer is a known criminal in the comics.  We also see the name Barton in the background of the walls of the gym, this is a reference to Clint Barton aka Hawkeye on the Avengers.

The biggest reference is that Jack Murdock is set to battle Carl "Crusher" Creel who will later be known as the Absorbing Man.  The Absorbing Man has also appeared in episodes of Agents of SHIELD.





Ben Ulrich's Office:
On the wall of Ben Ulrich's office are some interesting headlines.
Harlem Terror, Battle of NY, and Finally Busted.

Harlem Terror has a picture of the Hulk on it.  This is a reference to Hulk's battle with Abomination in the film Incredible Hulk.  When I first saw this I thought it could also reference the Luke Cage villain known as Mr. Fish.  Mr Fish is certainly a Harlem Terror!  Mr Fish was created by Bill Mantlo who also created Rocket Raccoon.  It would have been neat for them to bring him into the MCU.  However, looking closely at the picture I am positive it references the Hulk.

The Battle of NY references the Chitauri invasion and subsequent battle with the Avengers in the film the Avengers.

Finally Busted - likely references the crack down on one of the early crime figures in Marvel's NYC.

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 The China Connection:
Madame Gao at first seems to be the leader of the Chinese Triads in Fisk's criminal network.  However there are a variety of reasons to believe she is more than a simple old lady.  In fact I believe her to be a specific, and powerful Marvel character that has close ties to the Marvel hero Iron Fist.


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A few facts on Madame Gao:
  • Madame Gao reveals to Owlsley that she is going home.  He asks her if she means China and shes says "Considerably farther."  
  • Madame Gao also tells Fisk that she can speak ALL languages fluently.
  • She is able to down Daredevil with a single blow
  • She has followers that are so cultishly loyal to her that they blind themselves
  • The drug she uses is called Still Dragon and uses the Steel Serpent symbol
All these facts lead me to believe that Gao is a specific character. Many think Madame Gao is from the city of Kun Lun.......This is not correct. She is from one of the other 7 Heavily Cities one called Kun-Zi.  Not only is she from Kun Zi but I think she is the leader of the city a character named Mother Crane.  Mother Crane is a thorn in the side of the hero Iron Fist.  She is also not above sacrificing her followers.  Mother Crane works with the nemesis of the Iron Fist.  She gives the Steel Serpent special Crane Daughters that provide Steel Serpent with great power.  The fact that Madame Gao uses the Steel Serpent symbol is another sign that she is really Mother Crane.
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Madame Gao's drug uses the Steel Serpent symbol


The Owl
Leland Owlsley is a character through out the season.  However, he never has a chance to truly become the comic version of the Owl.  At one point Fisk's armorer costume man Melvin Potter makes Owlsley a suit that begins to look vaguely like his comic counterpart.  Maybe in the next series either Leland or his son could appear as the Owl.

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Sticks and Stones
In the episode "Stick" we are introduced to the MCU version of Stick.  This version of Stick trained Matthew Murdock / Daredevil to be a warrior just like his comic counterpart.  We also learn that he is battling the Hand as part of his group the Chaste.  He assassinates a boy who is called the Black Sky.  Black Sky is referred to as a weapon of the Hand.   In the end of the episode Stick is talking to Stone a fellow member of the Chaste.
Stone asks if Murdock will be ready when the Gate is opened.

A few thoughts on this episode.


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Blacksky - I do not know what the Black Sky is/was.  One thought is that he could be a resurrected warrior.  There is some precedence of this amongst the Hand/Chaste.  At one point the Chaste protect a child who they believe contains the soul of the resurrected Stick.  One warrior of the Hand he could is Kirigi the undying.

The Gate - This could refer to the coming of the 7 heavenly cities to Earth.  Cities like Kun Lun return to Earth every 10 years.  Potentially, Stick and Stone are looking for a warrior to become the Iron Fist and they are unaware of the existence of Danny Rand.


Nobu and the Hand
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Nobu is introduced as being the representative of the Yakuza.   However, it is revealed that he is actually a representative of the evil ninja group called the Hand.   Nobu himself is shown to be a very capable ninja warrior.
Nobu is definitely a ninja, could he be the famous Hand warrior Kirigi the undying?  If he is Kirigi he could return to life in the next season.


Melvin Potter the Gladiator
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Melvin Potter is introduced as a man who is skilled at creating armored suits for the Kingpin Wilson Fisk.  Daredevil shows up the show where the two battle.  At the end of the fight Melvin reveals that he simply does not want Fisk to hurt someone he loves.  In the end he agrees to use his skills to create Daredevil his first real costume.
A couple more things on Melvin.  He is one of the first villains faced by Daredevil in the comics but later reforms.  It seems that this Melvin has already reformed.  In his work shot there are what appears to be long legs.  Could these long legs be the future costume of the super villain called Stilt-Man.  While Stilt-Man may sound a bit silly he is one of Daredevil's longest lasting foes.  He appeared way back Daredevil #8 and continues to battle Daredevil to this day.  He uses a hardened suit of armor combined with telescopic legs to pull off heists.


SWAT Bullseye:
An assassin is hired by Fisk to frame to Daredevil for shooting police officers.  This man is shown as having a playing card in his gun bag.  This is likely a sign that the man is in fact the card loving psychopath, Bullseye.
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The Greek Coed:
During the Foggy Nelson and Matthew Murdock college flash back Foggy mentions a Greek girl.  This girl apparently had a relationship with Matthew Murdock.  This is a reference to one of Daredevil's most famous romantic relationships the one with Elektra Natchios.  Elektra is also trained by Murdock's sensei Stick.  She however is kicked out of the Chaste warrior order due to darkness in her heart.  She ends up becoming a successful assassin of the Hand ninjas.  Look for Elektra to show up in a future series.


Locations:
One other great thing about the Daredevil series is that it is filmed in New York City so the backdrops we see are real.  The show also showcases many of the famous locations in the comic like Josie's Bar, and the Office of Nelson & Murdock. These are locations within the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood that Daredevil is famous for protecting.

St Agnes Orphanage:
Was the Orphanage that Matthew Murdock went into as a child the same as the one that Skye from Agents of SHIELD went to?  Its possible. 



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Avengers News
Who are the Chaste? 

Who is Daredevil?
 
Elektra
Black Widow
Stick 
Daredevil
Shaft 
Stone 
Master Izo
Kirigi
The Absorbing Man
Hawkeye
Hulk 
The Hand  
Luke Cage
Jessica Jones
 Chaste
Who is The Owl aka Leland Owlsley
Who is Elektra?  
Who is the Kingpin?
Who is Bullseye?
Who is Stilt-Man? 
Who is Mother Crane? 
Steel Serpent 
Mr Fish 
Who is Gladiator aka Melvin Potter? 
Hell's Kitchen.
Who is Mysterio 

Who is the Punisher (Frank Castle)?


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Who is the Punisher (Frank Castle)

The Punisher is an antihero in the Marvel universe.  He does not have powers but his skills and practical lethal nature make him one of the most feared men in the Marvel universe.  The Punisher has been featured in multiple films and by multiple actors.  In 2015 Jon Bernthal (Known for playing Shane in the Walking Dead) was cast to play the Punisher in Daredevil Season 2.

First Appearance:  Amazing Spider-Man #129 (1974)

Real Name: Frank Castiglione (Castle)

Moniker:  The Punisher

Alias(es):
As a fugitive Frank has used numerous alias(es) including:  Big Nothing, Major Bateman, Ted Bishop, Cliff Callador,  Castigo, Chaloner, Fred D'Amato, Eastman, Charles Fort, Frank Loomis, McRook, Melchior, Joe Rainey, Frank Rook, Richard Rook, Tony Knowlen Ross, Francis Stronghold, Johnny Tower, Dmitri Veilkoff, Frankie Villa, Yousoufian.

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Bio:

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Frank Castle was born in NYC to an Italian American family.  His initial inclination was to become a priest but he found that he was unable to forgive men for the evil they do.  He married a woman named Maria who was already pregnant with his first child.

He then joined the Marines where he distinguished himself and eventually became a Navy SEAL.  He served as a special forces, point man in Vietnam and earned numerous medals including a purple heart.

After leaving the military he rejoined his wife and family in NYC.  They formed a happy family with two children.  Out for a picnic in central park the family witnesses a mafia (Costa Family) execution.  A man is hung from a tree.  To remove them as witnesses the family is attacked, all of the family's members including the children are executed.  Some how Frank survives the execution.  Despite, Frank identifying the culprits  law enforcement is either unable or unwilling to persecute the individuals that attacked his family.  Enraged at the loss of his family and the lack of justice, he goes off the grid, to dispense lethal punishment on the criminal world.

Frank begins to don the symbol of the deaths head on his chest and armaments and begins to use the name of the Punisher.  Due to his vigilantism he is a fugitive of the law.  Other super heroes view the Punisher in different ways some with respect, others with horror, and sometimes as a necessary evil.  He is has both worked alongside heroes, and against them depending on the story.   He has battled the heroes of Spider-Man, and Daredevil.  Frank was shown to have great respect for Captain America and after Steve's death considered taking up his mantle.


Powers:
Frank has no powers he is an ordinary man.  He does however have a great deal of training.  He does not use many high tech suits, or gadgets but uses a wide variety of conventional weaponry.  He is utterly merciless to those he feels deserve his punishment.
He maintains a rigorous training regime and a balance diet to maintain stay in a highest level of human conditioning.

Training:
  •  US Marine Corps basic training
  • Infantry School
  • USMC Reconnaissance School
  • Force Reconnaissance School
  • Sniper School
Experience: 
Fought in special forces in Vietnam
Extensive experience in battling criminal elements and Super Heroes

Villains:

Armaments:
Many many guns and weapons:
Commonly uses:

Guns:
Frank uses a wide variety of Firearms.

  • A variety of automatic and semiautomatic rifles
  • M16 with .223 caliber rounds
  • Sterling Mark 6
  •  9mm Browning Llama
  • .45 caliber automatic frame rechambered for 9mm
  • .223 Derringers

Knives:
Ballistic knife
Gerber Mark II combat knives

Punisher Films:
  • The Punisher (1989) staring Dolph Lundgren
  • The Punisher (2004) staring Thomas Jane
  • Punisher:War Zone (2008) staring Ray Stevenson
  • Dirty Laundry (2012) staring Thomas Jane (See it Here)

None of the Punisher's appearances prior to 2015 occur within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

MCU Film/TV/Netflix Appearances:
Jon Bernthal plays the Punisher in Daredevil Season 2.  In Daredevil Season 2 a series of mass homicides begin occuring against various criminal groups.  Daredevil finds that the man behind the killing is a highly trained killer named Frank Castle who is seeking vengance for the death of his family.  Both men fight each other but their battle is eventually turned toward a larger battle with the Hand.  At the end of Daredevil season 2, Frank Castle is at large.

The Punisher season 1 is set to begin in Nov 2017.



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