With Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” less than a month away, the first (and successful) season of “Agent Carter” finished and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” well through it’s second season, it’s not hard to get lost in the cohesive and impressive universe the company’s built over the last several years through its numerous movies and television shows.
This week, Marvel seeks to extend its reaches into familiar, addictive territory for many, Netflix, in its most daring crime drama television show attempt yet, “Daredevil.”
The show bears no connection to the horrid 2003 film, and instead, will fit neatly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. “Daredevil” follows the events of the first Avengers film, where we’ll see the gritty tale of a lawyer-by-day, vigilante-by-night Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and his rise to challenge powerful crime syndicates in New York City.
Blinded in an accident from childhood, Murdock, over time, develops extrasensory powers, allowing him to take the brutal fight to crime within the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, N.Y., the rough district in which he calls his home. There are no superpowers here, just good old-fashioned beat downs and bruises (with occasional bone breaking and blood splatters! Yay!).
It’s no secret that Marvel’s wanted to work on a grittier, more mature project, and they’ve set that promise in “Daredevil.” In the world of PG-13 movies and broadcast television (which Marvel was previously stuck in), that feat can be difficult to accomplish, but with the move to Netflix, all bets appear to be off. It’s also great to see a more grounded, serious series come into the universe (are you happy, DC fans?).
“Daredevil,” to some, is considered an iconic character, so it’s truly exciting to see Marvel get the on-screen rights to use the character back from Fox. But this is just the beginning.
Over the next few years, Marvel plans to work with Netflix to produce shows revolving around other street-level crime fighters Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, with an eventual lead-up to a supergroup team-up mini-series between the four called “The Defenders,” (how creative!) hoping to duplicate the large success of “The Avengers,” on a smaller scale, of course. Hopefully, the glowing partnership between Marvel and Netflix will produce some truly rewarding results, for superhero fans and newcomers alike.
All 13 episodes of “Daredevil” will be available for your glorious binge- watching needs April 10.