First Look at Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock
August 8, 2014 By Trevor Richardson
Marvel knows how to give their fans what they want. With a growing cinematic universe, a dedication to honoring the original source material, and a sense of humor lacking in DC’s more brooding, heavy-toned offerings, it has become clear to everyone that they are the player to beat. After last year’s foray into television, Marvel has expanded the universe even farther, teleporting into people’s homes weekly rather than annually. Now, with the steady increase in streaming television and DVR, broadcast, appointment-based television threatens to go the way of Uncle Ben as it rapidly diminishes to the entertainment equivalent of snail mail. Unlike some, Marvel Television appears to have gotten the memo after last year’s announcement to take their heroes to Netflix, following the success of Netflix Originals like “House of Cards.”
As their core audience, particularly their younger viewers, are already leaving the traditional television market, Marvel will follow with their first Netflix series, Daredevil.
After cast announcements and long-awaited updates for the show debuting in 2015, the first image of actor Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, the legendary blind attorney and alter-ego of Daredevil, has been released to entertainment media the world over. Following a few leaked Instagram photos, this shot was released through giants like Entertainment Weekly:
Murdock’s characteristic grey suit and red-tinted sunglasses are gratefully in place and we see the moonlighting vigilante is sporting a few cuts and bruises and what looks to be a noteworthy shiner. Likely the result of leaping off rooftops and taking on baddies when you should be catching up on the finer points of American law. Plot details are still being carefully guarded, but cast members and subsequent roles have been announced including True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, the long-time romantic interest of Murdock in the comics, Elden Henson as Murdock’s legal partner and eventual confidante, Foggy Nelson, and Vincent D’Onofrio as The Kingpin. The character identity of Rosario Dawson, whom comic fans will likely associate with her role in Sin City, is also being held secret, although it is difficult not to suspect the Greek assassin, Elektra.
Also of note, the first two episodes will be penned by Drew Goddard who worked with Joss Whedon on “Cabin in the Woods” and also wrote for “Lost,” and the series is Executive Produced by Steven S. DeKnight of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” fame, among other shows like “Spartacus” and “Angel.” Marvel Television’s own Jeph Loeb is also involved, having already worked on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and other comic-related franchises.
The series, centering around Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, will run for 13 episodes and will be the first of four highly anticipated Netflix originals. The other three to follow will be Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones. The four will meet up in a miniseries entitled “The Defenders,” another Avengers-style hero teamup following these “street level” heroes. Those of us familiar with the cameraderie between Cage and Iron Fist can likely expect some cross-over opportunities between the two shows as they are the founding members of “Heroes for Hire,” something this writer fondly refers to as “Marvel’s ‘The A-Team.’”
More details will likely filter in as the debut draws nearer, questions surrounding the story arc of the thirteen episode run, how the origin will be handled, or what other little surprises are in store still abound, but one thing is certain: Marvel has thrown down the gauntlet.
With multiple franchises, various forms of media to deepen the stories that can’t fit into a two hour run-time, and the ability to make concepts as outlandish as “Guardians of the Galaxy” not only work, but own the box office, they have clearly found the right formula for good storytelling and brilliant branding. It would appear that, even for character’s as grounded and flightless as The Daredevil, Marvel has decided that the sky is the limit.
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