Marvel Television lets the devil out with the all-new Netflix original series “Daredevil,” the man without fear, setting off this spring with all 13 episodes that began on April 10.
Thrilling, dark, intense, gritty, and humorous are some of the elements integrated into the series’ pilot where audiences will explore the upbringing and development of yet another one of Marvel Comics’ iconic characters.
The series tells the story of Matthew “Matt” Murdock, played by English actor Charlie Cox, a daytime lawyer of Hell’s Kitchen suburban area in New York City.
After the tragic accident that resulted in losing his eyesight, it enhanced the rest of his senses, leading him to become the nighttime crime-fighting superhero Daredevil, set on a mission to make Hell’s Kitchen a crime-free environment.
The pilot has a strong start by keeping it fresh with the source material and current media techniques as the opening scene directly addresses Murdock’s childhood accident.
It then cuts to his well-known habit for confessional pleads of forgiveness at church for all the ass-kicking he is about to do.
We witness his fighting skills as he spoils the operation of thugs, kidnapping girls, and engaging in an all-out-don’t-mess-with-me battle sequence, proving how Murdock can take a punch.
We do not see him in his red devilish costume yet, but in a black leotard with a black bandanna for a mask.
Right from the get-go, the series offers a modern feeling in the live-action adaptation of the character.
It allows fanatics and new audiences to enjoy the dynamics among characters and its narrative structure.
“The series is pretty good. It shows that dark vision that I look up to as it’s supposed to be,” said CSUSB student Alberto Rendon.
“Since he lost his eyesight he has to rely on the rest of his senses to fight,” he added.
“Daredevil” delivers in executing battle sequences, turning an origin story back into character development, understanding the visual language (the dark or light tones) of comics, depicting vulnerable villains, the continuity feature to the Marvel Comics Universe (MCU), and of course, its entertainment value.
In comparison to the 2003 motion picture of the same character, students expressed high expectations for the series in terms of plot structure, creative production, and acting talent.
“I expect a lot of interface action when it comes to superhero films. I want a good story, see the character evolve, his back story, to fully understand it, and look inside the character’s head,” said CSUSB student Ben Moreno.
Aside from Cox, the series lines-up the talents of Elden Henson(“The Hunger Games”) as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, Mudork’s humorous law partner, Rosario Dawson(“Seven Pounds”) as Claire Temple, and Vincent D’Onofrio (“Law and Order: Criminal Intent”) playing the main villain, Wilson Fisk, better known as the Kingpin of Crime in New York’s criminal underground.
Marvel’s “Daredevil” is the first part of a five-part deal between Marvel and Netflix. The others are “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage,” and “The Defenders,” further expanding the MCU onto the small screen, along with “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and “Agent Carter.”