Written by: PJ Gordon
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a whole lot bigger.
The comics and growing movie super giant is teaming up with Netflix to bring us Daredevil, the first of five television series set in the same universe as its Avengers movies, as well as other TV shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and and Agent Carter. Here they feature two brand new trailers for the new show.
Daredevil is based off the comic book of the same name, about a lawyer that was blinded as a child, but gained superhumanly increased hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting, as well as a “radar sense” that gives him a 360-degree awareness of his surroundings at all times. By day, Matt Murdoch fights for crime in the courtrooms, but when that’s not enough, he takes to the streets as a vigilante to take a more proactive role in the justice system. While various writers and artists have handled Murdoch’s adventures through the years, a defining trait has always been his moral struggle as he straddles the line of the law, as well as the theme of the price a hero has to pay. Think of him as like a cross between Batman and Spider-Man.
The show, which stars Charlie Cox in the title role, as well as Vincent D’Onofrio as nemesis Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin, has gained critical acclaim in early reviews. Forbes calls the show “one of Marvel's Greatest Achievements,” as it marks an expansion of the brand into an entirely new territory. The movies, network TV shows, and the Netflix series are creating a world that is quickly growing to be as vast as those featured in the comic books. If Daredevil is successful, and by all accounts that appears to be the case, Marvel will take a major leap as the continue to change the way stories are told.
Following Daredevil, Netflix will release series based off of characters Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, culminating in “The Defenders” a team-up series that will act as a sort of “street-level Avengers”. The roles of Jones and Cage have been casted, and Jessica Jones’ show has begun filming, while Luke Cage’s has recently landed Cheo Hodari Coker of Ray Donovan and Southland fame as showrunner. Neither series have confirmed release dates.
Every episode of Daredevil will be simultaneously available for streaming on Netflix on April 10th.