After conquering the big screen and dipping their toes into the traditional small screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe now has their eyes on the streaming screen with it’s upcoming slate of Netflix shows. The first of those shows is Daredevil, the fan favorite Marvel hero known in his normal life as blind lawyer Matt Murdock. The series stars Charlie Cox as Murdock and will also feature Vincent D’Onofrio as the corrupt businessman Kingpin and Rosario Dawson as nurse Claire Temple. The nunchuck wielding hero will clean up the streets of Hell’s Kitchen when all the episodes are released on April 10th 2015, but until then the teaser trailer for the series has been released and is embedded below;
The biggest thing to note based on this trailer; Marvel appears to be going gritty, but not in a false way. We’ve seen many a show set within a comic book universe attempt to keep an overtly darker tone, but usually fail and just come off as silly (looking at you, Gotham). Instead, the tone here feels appropriate and consistent for the story of a blind vigilante attempting to clean up the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. The emphasis on blood in particular shows that Marvel appears to be taking their characters to an extreme they normally wouldn’t be able to on a network television show or even with a big budget feature film. Yet at the same time, that risk doesn’t appear to have a sacrifice of budget, with the few glimpses of action and the general aesthetics of the show giving off the vibe of a brooding yet action packed story. At the same time, the character of Murdock doesn’t appear to be lost in the shuffle of action either. It helps that Charlie Cox’s performance gives off a quiet demeanor, but still has something boiling underneath that makes him a potentially believable force to be reckoned with once he dons the outfit. Still, we’ll have to wait until the show debuts in April to see Murdock in full on Daredevil mode.
In the meantime, are you all excited by this trailer? Does it make up for the Ben Affleck movie already? Post your thoughts in the comments below!