Daredevil on Netflix – Cinematic Universe Model Hits the Small Screen

Daredevil premiering on Netflix, April 10
Daredevil premiering on Netflix, April 10

Daredevil is on Netflix. Considered part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Daredevil joins its network counterpart, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as a small screen endeavor of the larger story that’s been unfolding on the big screen.  Daredevil is simply part one of a four-part series of interconnected shows that lead up to The Defenders, joining together all of Marvel’s Netflix properties in one large adventure.  The other series’ main characters, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (Power Man) and Danny Rand (Iron Fist), will each get their own 13-episode series before joining with Matt Murdock for the big mini-series final event.

Marvel’s Daredevil has been released in full on Netflix.  Casting Vincent d’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin seems to be a brilliant move.  He has the depth, chops, and versatility to handle the role excellently.  Will they give him enhanced strength?  Will his large body be one massive muscle as it was in the comics?  It’s curious to know how Marvel will develop Matt Murdock’s character.  How much of his comic book origin story will remain in tact?  How will they develop Matt’s Daredevil costume let alone his powers?  We’ve only seen him in action wearing a black mask over his eyes.  Will he wear the familiar red costume and will there be a yellow “bridge” costume in-between?  So many questions but with all of the answers coming in just a couple of weeks.

From Marvel’s press release, it seems as if each of these series will only be one 13-episode run.  What they all have in common is the location of Hell’s Kitchen, NY. Like the comic book characters they are based on, they have a shared territory or base of operations and each one has deep ties to the area.  It would be great if somehow Luke Cage and Danny Rand end up forming Heroes for Hire as they did in the comic books.  How it all ties in to The Defenders though remains to be seen because the core line-up is the one difference that varies greatly from Marvel lore.  The original Defenders were the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Namor, and the Silver Surfer.  With Marvel’s current character restrictions due to a contract with Sony it seems that Silver Surfer and Namor are out of reach, but how will Marvel justify using the name for a very different group of characters?

Needless to say, we’ll have to watch the episodes to find out the answers to some of these questions.  But one thing is for sure, this is going to be a series worth watching.  Of course, I’ll follow up after watching the series! (Which I now have…read about it in this blog post!)

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