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The Dose: Afterthoughts on ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’

The Dose: Afterthoughts on ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’

The Dose: Afterthoughts on ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’
April 20
22:32 2015

Nicholas Friedman / Features Editor & Akshay Mirchandani / Sports Editor

There are minor spoilers in this article. Read at your own risk.

On April 13, “Marvel’s Daredevil” was released on Netflix in all of its thirteen episode wonder. Little did we know as viewers, we were in for a mature treat of ‘The Wire’ meets ‘Kick-Ass.’

Marvel continues to show fans that we are truly in the golden age of comic book adaptations.

Season recap

NF: After finishing all of the episodes of the show, I’m left wanting more. I’m thankful for what we got of course, and it’s a hell of a lot better than Ben Affleck’s take on Matt Murdock, but again I want more. We learn so much about Matt, Foggy, Karen, Claire and Fisk that it’s hard to let go.

AM: This was easily one of the best things Marvel has ever done, and that’s saying something. Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil was one of the best things about this show and I hope we see him in even more Marvel properties soon. Vincent D’Onofrio made a perfect Wilson Fisk, and the other characters were cast nicely as well. This was also darker than anything Marvel has ever done, and perhaps even more thematic. The cool thing was that even though this is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it didn’t feel like it. This show can easily stand on it’s own to someone who hasn’t seen any of the Marvel movies or T.V. shows, but can also backdoor its way into the bigger picture of the MCU.

NF: I can say with total confidence that I think this show will get a second season. We didn’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it, so do yourself a favor, whether you like superheroes or not, and check this out.

A connected universe

AM: So how do the adventures of Daredevil fit in with the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe? The answer, right now, is we’re not quite sure yet. With the show being set in New York, there were references to the alien invasion in the first “Avengers” movie, and we get a few references to some of the Avengers themselves. The answer to how Daredevil fits into Marvel’s bigger plans could be answered in the other Marvel Netflix series that are slated to release (more on that in a bit). How great would it be to see Wilson Fisk battle against Spider-Man on the big screen? Or Daredevil fighting alongside Tony Stark, Captain America and the rest of the Avengers? It could happen in one of the upcoming Phase Three movies, and I’m sure Marvel has a plan.

NF: One of the things you have to take into account when dealing with the shared universe is how closely knit Marvel wants this to be. Some would argue Marvel doesn’t want you to have to watch television just to understand what is happening in the films. Sure, I want Kingpin to show up in the Spider-Man movie, just as I want Daredevil to be in “Captain America: Civil War” but I know it probably won’t happen. What we do get, however, are some radical easter eggs. There was the Avengers Tower in the motion poster for the show, the mention of “a man in an iron suit or a magic hammer” by Wesley in the beginning of the season and we have the newspapers in Ben Urich’s office detailing the Battle of New York (“The Avengers”) and the Harlem Terror (“The Incredible Hulk”). What’s more likely is a Netflix cinematic universe with loose easter egg ties to the big boys.

A Netflix future

NF: Up next on the Marvel Netflix slate is “AKA: Jessica Jones” rumored to be airing this Fall. We’ve seen the set photos of Krysten Ritter as Jones and Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and they look promising. Even more so, we have David Tennant of Doctor Who fame playing The Purple Man, a villain capable of convincing people to do whatever he wants them to. Will Marvel shy away from the original comic’s themes of sexual domination? After the rib-pulling, tendon-showing, skull bashing of Daredevil, I don’t see them shying away from anything. After that is “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders” crossover. It’s an exciting time to be a comic book fan. But after that? I want Ghost Rider, The Punisher, Moon Knight and Blade. The Marvel Knights anthology, calling it now.

AM: Daredevil opened up a whole new world for Marvel. Remember how excited we all were when we realized the first Iron Man movie was part of something bigger? This is the same type of deal. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage can go in so many different directions and may even be as dark as Daredevil. Eventually, they will all cross over into “The Defenders” which I’m sure will have an Avengers-like feel to it. After that, I bet we see Daredevil or someone else like Fisk show up on the big screen. It could be in Spider-Man. It could be in Avengers: Infinity War. Who know. But that’s the great thing about Marvel – they keep us all guessing.

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