Review: Daredevil Delivers in Debut [@Marvel @netflix]
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Charlie Cox as Matthew Murdock in Daredevil

Charlie Cox as Matthew Murdock in Daredevil

Marvel’s expansion into the live action world took a gigantic leap forward this past friday with the release of the highly anticipated Netflix series Daredevil. . Portrayed by actor Charlie Cox (The Theory of Everything, Stardust) the story takes place in Hell’s Kitchen, New York and is center around blind lawyer Matthew Murdock who posseses super-enhanced senses that fights crime in the court room by day and as a masked superhero by night.


Charlie Cox as Matthew Murdock/Daredevil in Action in the gritty streets of Hell’s Kitchen, New York


It is proven that when a person looses one of the five senses the others heighten, but how exactly can this be conveyed as an aid to Murdock as well as remain entertaining to the viewer? For die hard fans of the series like myself, I also questioned the realism that would be portrayed in the series and if enhanced senses would be given a reasonable explanation as to how Daredevil can perform the feats that he does. Creator of the series Drew Goddard and Cox helped bridge the gap in what makes Daredevil such a unique hero in this series.

In the series Murdock looses his site by chemicals as a young child after saving a local citizens. After intense training by a man with similar circumstances Murdock is able to hone in on his senses unlike anything we have seen before. Murdock is able to not only sense the sounds around him but can hear the inner function of a person to detect when someone is lying, about to speak, breathing patterns, even down to the blood courses through their veins. Now to clear the air, Murdock is not what you consider to be completely blind, as his vision is appeared to him as “A City on Fire.” These abilities not only come in handy while fighting for his city but also can be considered an aid in the court room when taking on clients. Unlike the comic book Murdock goes into private practice with an old college friend rather than a District Attorney. This would prove more useful in the fight to save his city as he faces corruption on both sides of the field. It will make for great potential in the upcoming seasons as well as numerous possibilities in the storyline. The series lays out perfectly two paths that prepare to cross in it’s Hero and its villain. Hoping to remain in the shadows as he begins his rise to power Daredevil will soon bring to light an man by the name of Wilson Fisk.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk a.k.a Kingpin

Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk a.k.a Kingpin

Portrayed by actor Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Full Metal Jacket) Wilson Fisk remains a social secret with plans to rebuild Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary. The take on Fisk character is a shell of the one fans have seen before. Fisk is normally a man of vast culture and carries himself with a distinguish sense of pride to cannot be match be others. His sense of business and ruthless aggression proves the monarch given to him. D’Onofrio’s Fisk however gives us more depth into this character and how he becomes the Kingpin. In the series Fisk is portrayed more as a sculpture that’s still rough around the edges and needs to be smooth out. We are given the vulnerable side of Fisk and the balance he tries to keep between the man he was and man that he will become. This is often referenced in the series with a painting that he purchases that correlate with his past, present, and future. Fisk gives us the ruthless and iron fisted side when angered or threaten, but appears to not be as confident and intimidating as we are use to seeing. We are given a Fisk that is more comfortable in the shadow and has not yet blossomed into the lovable savior that we are use to seeing when he is in the public eye. Fisk gives off a awkward senses as he adjust to being in the public’s eye while discrediting the cause that Daredevil represents. In the series Fisk appears as the anti-hero in a sense. He is simply a man on a mission to better his city, but understands that he must get his hands dirty in order to do so. Both Fisk and Murdock are the Yin and Yang of Hell’s Kitchen. They both want whats best for their city but have different views on how it should be done which causes the friction between the two.

As the show progresses we see the two beginning to form in the people that they are suppose to be. Fisk embraces the tyrant that he needs to be in Kinpin as his operation is now threaten by the legal system and must do what he can to survive. While Murdock has fully embrace both sides of the field as we see in the season finale as he dawns the Daredevil costume as you can see below.

Charlie Cox as Daredevil

Charlie Cox as Daredevil

Marvel and Netflix has done an excellent job in creating a well diverse cast and in-depth storyline that all viewers can look forward to seeing. Audiences that are not to familiar with the series can enjoy great drama and action. Fans of the series can not only enjoy the series as a whole but can geek at the small references to the cinematic universe in the show. The series is set after the events in New York City during the Avenger’s film. Some of the characters reference other Marvel characters throughout the series and as well Marvel has done an excellent job planting Easter Eggs for us to look for. Overall I would give this series as 100% and a great start for Marvel to begin to campaign into Television programing. Marvel also has in the work several other Netflix originals that we shall see coming within the next two years. The new series A.K.A Jessica Jones staring Krysten Ritter is set to release sometime later this year along with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders miniseries later on. Hopefully we will get to see a cameo from Ritter in the second season of Daredevil. Although not yet confirmed the second season will introduce Electra and Bullseyes into the storyline.