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Marvel's Helstrom Sure Looks Like a Show That Exists

Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon as the Helstroms on Hulu’s new Marvel series.
Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon as the Helstroms on Hulu’s new Marvel series.
Photo: Hulu/IGN (Other)

At one point Hulu seemed like it was going to be bursting at the seams with Marvel shows. Ghost Rider, Howard the Duck, you name it. But in the end, after all those shows were hack and slashed with Wolverine-like rage, only a select few remained. One is Helstrom and its first photos are now here.

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IGN has the exclusive reveal of the images, which primarily show Daimon and Ana Helstrom, played by Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon, as they weave their way around this new Marvel universe. Daimon Hellstrom (as the name was spelled in the comics; the TV show loses one “L”) came to be in the pages of Ghost Rider before spinning out into other facets of the Marvel Universe along with Ana. There, they were the spawn of the devil. Here they’re merely described as “the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer” (who, we’re guessing, will be revealed to be more), and will team up to hunt similar bad people, with their own unique superpowers of course.

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So think a brother-sister family crime procedural with superpowers and maybe Hell. Here are a few of the images.

Head over to IGN to see more photos including Supernatural and Watchmen star Robert Wisdom, who plays the Caretaker.

We’ve gotta say, for our first real look at a big Marvel series, these photos... are kind of bland? There’s nothing particularly exciting about them. If you didn’t already know this was a Marvel show, you’d never guess it was a Marvel show. It could almost be anything. But, we’re literally looking at four frames from a 10-episode season of television, which will presumably be more dynamic when it actually hits screens.

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Helstrom will have a Comic-Con @ Home panel next week, and will debut on Hulu in October.


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michaelcrider
Michael Crider

Okay, normally I’m not one to obsess over what’s canon and what isn’t. I’ve read too many Star Trek books to care about that stuff—-if it’s fun, enjoy it.

But with the sheer freakin’ volume of Marvel things on TV and in the movies, and the uncertainty of what affects what vis-a-vis Disney-owned characters appearing on ABC, Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, I would actually like to know what’s going to be part of the larger MCU and what’s going to be isolated in its own little Pratchett-style parasite universe. I just don’t have the time to devote to stuff that’s never going to affect anything else.

Consider: Agents of SHIELD is frequently awesome in its own goofy way, and doesn’t matter at all. Thor: The Dark World was easily the worst Marvel movie (while still being mostly okay) and turned out to be vital to an 11-year, multi-billion-dollar movie franchise. I must be more selective with my time.