‘Daredevil’ another hit for Marvel


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Charlie Cox arrives at “Marvel’s Daredevil” on April 2 in Los Angeles.

Christopher Joseph, Staff Writer

Marvel Studios have been transitioning well from the big screen to the small screen, with shows like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter.” “Daredevil” now joins the rank of its brethren.

The first time we saw the red devil was in 2002 with Ben Affleck as Daredevil. That movie was critically panned by critics and by fans alike as one of the worst Marvel movies in history.

With the news of a Netflix adaptation of Daredevil, skepticism is to be expected because of the bad taste the first film leaves in your mouth.

However, the first episode this new series shocked me: it was good.

The show follows Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) a blind lawyer by day who, with his business partner Franklin “Foggy” Nelson (Elden Henson), will help the people who he finds innocent by night. Matt Murdock becomes the blind crime-fighting vigilante Daredevil.

The show didn’t muddle around and take a whole episode establishing Daredevils’ backstory. Instead, they told his story through flashbacks to help viewers understand where he is now as an adult. While uncovering Daredevil’s past, the episode progresses as he tries to stop the villain Wilson Fisk’s plans.

There were times when it feels as if it was a lawyer drama like “Law and Order,” but that tone quickly left when the action starts. It felt as if the show copied the comic when it comes to Daredevil’s stealth and fighting style. The show’s fighting scenes really show that Daredevil packs a punch.

What sets this show apart from other comic book television series is that the tone of this series exactly matches the tone of the comic. While other series have been toned down to accommodate a more family-friendly atmosphere, Daredevil will be talking about legal activities in one scene and kicking butt in the next.

As this show develops, I hope to see more of the lesser-known Marvel roster, such as the superhuman defense attorney She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters). It has been confirmed that this show is tied into the Cinematic Marvel Universe, so let us hope that in the near future we will be seeing Daredevil on the big screen again.

The whole first season of Marvel’s Daredevil was released on April 10 and is only available on Netflix.