Netflix’s iBoy Trailer Introduces a Superhero for the Digital Age

Netflix iBoy

We’ve seen a lot of crazy superhero origin stories over the years. Bitten by radioactive spider? Check. Forced to build power armor while being held hostage in a cave by terrorists? Check. Dead parents and a seemingly bottomless bank account? Check. But how about this one: a kid gets shot in the head while talking on his cell phone, embedding phone fragments in his noggin and giving him all manner of crazy technological powers? Welcome to Netflix’s upcoming original film iBoy.

Starring X-Men: First Class‘ Bill Milner and Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams, iBoy will be debuting on Netflix later this month. Screenwriter Joe Barton (Humans) adapted it from the young adult novel of the same name by Kevin Brooks. The concept is completely bonkers, but it looks like it could be a lot of fun. Check out the trailer.

Here’s more from iBoy‘s official description. (And can we all agree that that’s a terrible title?)

Tom is an average teenager whose world is turned on its head when a violent encounter with local thugs leaves fragments of his shattered smartphone embedded in his brain. He wakes from a coma to discover that returning to normal teenage life is impossible because he has developed a strange set of superpowers. With these new powers he sets out to seek revenge on the gang, who also assaulted his best friend Lucy.

Overall, iBoy looks to be a mix between The Matrix and, well, every superhero origin story we’ve ever seen. Maybe also a bit of Chronicle, since — aside from its cuckoo-bananas core concept, it seems to be staying relatively grounded in the “real world.” No capes or costumes for Tom. They do, however, seem to pretty generous with Tom’s power set. He can overhear phone conversations, visually tap into the internet without needing a device, and possibly even manipulate technology around him, just based on what we’re seeing in the trailers. But hey, if you can go along with “cell phone fragments in brain cause superpowers instead of death and/or cancer,” why not have fun with it?

Netflix has had several interesting below-the-radar originals hitting their catalog. If this one’s as much fun as Spectral, we’ll be on board.

David Wharton

David Wharton

David Wharton has been a freelance writer and editor for over 12 years, contributing to publications such a The Daily Dot, CinemaBlend, GiantFreakinRobot, Cinescape, and Creative Screenwriting. He lives in Texas with three children, four dogs, and his wife. Email him at davidwharton@streamingobserver.com.
David Wharton

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