Netflix's Daredevil Trailer Takes a New Path for Marvel

2/04/2015 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


The face of the Marvel shared universe is changing drastically. Last year, we got the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the seeds of Civil War in Captain America with The Winter Soldier, the turnaround of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the first foray into Marvel Cosmic with Guardians of the Galaxy. This year, we have a very much improved Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., including the introduction of The Inhumans, Agent Carter, another potentially universe shattering Avengers installment with Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Daredevil. Marvel could be a very different animal altogether before we even get to Captain America: Civil War in 2016.

 A new taste of that change was provided this morning with the first trailer for Marvel's first of many Netflix shows, Daredevil. There has been very little released about Daredevil thus far, other than a couple images, so this trailer is a big reveal for what can be expected.

There's quite a bit to unpack, but the show (or at least the beginning of the show) appears to stay fairly true to Frank Miller's The Man Without Fear book, which is basically a Daredevil: Year One.  That's where the black ninja looking costume comes from, for anyone unfamiliar.

The clear influence of The Man Without Fear is definitely a good sign, as it ranks in many readers list of top Daredevil stories, or even top comics, ever written.  The show will likely extend beyond that initial phase of Matt Murdock's vigilante career, but the first few episodes of the show, at least, will likely occupy that sort of origins territory.

Also of note is the much darker tone.  This looks a lot more like one of the Chris Nolan Dark Knight movies than it looks like what we are used to from Marvel.  Even Captain America: The Winter Soldier wasn't as dark as this show appears.  The producers have mentioned that it will definitely be differentiated from the movie universe (and definitely the TV side of the shared universe) with a sort of "PG-16" tone.

Anyway, watch for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments!



Daredevil's 13 Episodes will all be released on April 10th, 2015.  Daredevil is produced by Steven DeKnight, and stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdox/Daredevil, Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin, Scott Glenn as Stick, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, and Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson.

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