4/10/15, will be remembered as the day Marvel finally placed a worthy contender against DC's superhero television dominance. That threat, known as Daredevil, has arrived - by way of Netflix.
The new 13 episode series, "Daredevil" is produced by Marvel Studios; the same company responsible for "The Avengers," "Iron Man" "Agents of SHIELD," etc. But, this series serves as Marvel's first "actual" superhero television show within its growing "cinematic universe."
Its fair to note that Daredevil is also Marvel's first live action, hit show since the "Incredible Hulk" aired from 1978 to 1988. (Agents of Shield is barely hanging on.)
The 13 episodes of Daredevil are all available on the online service Netflix and tell the tale of Matt Murdock, a blind Hell's Kitchen lawyer (played by Charlie Cox) who fights crime at night with sonar/echolocation and ninja like powers.
The series, much darker than Marvel's usual fare, was met with overwhelming acclaim and reviews. And visually, it could almost be called "Batman: Year One - a la Marvel" due to its vigilante, violent and outsider hero seeking to protect the crime ridden city he loves.
The series principal stars are:
Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil: A blind lawyer with powers who goes out at night night to do very things to criminals. (Or just think blind Batman with powers and without money.)
And Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin: A huge, violent and tortured businessman who wants to improve Hell's Kitchen by only his means. (Think Lex Luthor with the violent streak of the Joker)
Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page: secretary and potential love interest for Matt and Foggy. And Elden Henson as Franklin "Foggy" Nelson: Matt''s best friend and law firm partner.
And while this 13 episode serial does drag significantly at times, the overall experience of this new entry into the MCU is very welcome and one to relish.