The Marvel Cinematic Universe just got a little bigger with the first of a handful of Marvel properties set to hit the small screen. And by small screen, I mean you could watch this on your phone…it is on Netflix after all.
Why Netflix? Is it because it’s the wave of the future to view all of our usual television entertainment online through digital format? Is it because normal network television would balk at the blood, language, and near nudity that Daredevil can get away with on Netflix?
I’m not going to answer that question, although I’m pretty sure there is truth in both answers.
Based on the darker, grittier version of Daredevil Marvel fans have come to recognize from the works of Frank Miller and others, this Daredevil series gives us a grim reality.
The colors are what I’d describe as a “winter” palette, with muted blues and greens mixed with gray and shadows. Even scenes during the daytime seem muted.
There is no background scoring or music to speak of unless there is action on the screen, and then it is only a pulse of techno rhythm. The only time this changes is in a teaser trailer like finale where the music picks up as we see Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) punching his way into a punching bag at Fowwell’s Gym mixed with scenes of the villains we’ve been introduced to being….well….villains. We see the result of the actions these evil men and women have taken during this episode leaving us with the impression that Hell’s Kitchen, New York’s only salvation will come at the hands of a man dressed as a devil.
But he’s not there yet, he’s still in some makeshift black clothes, and without his signature baton.
This series promises to give us an origin of a hero/vigilante with a few flashbacks similar to what we’ve seen on CW’s Arrow. We’ve seen him get blinded saving a elderly man, getting a pep talk from his father, but we have yet to see why he goes out there in the night beating bad guys to a pulp.
We meet Foggy Nelson, brilliantly played by Elden Henson, Murdock’s partner in law, and meet Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) who is currently a victim of villainy but soon to become (Spoilers)part of the team.
We get hints at the existence of Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin played by Vincent D’Onfrio (love that casting), but we do not see him yet. We hear his voice, and we know he’s pulling all the strings, but right now he’s hidden away, planning who know’s what and not caring who gets hurt as long as he gains more power and money.
Overall, I like it. I think it’s a good beginning to what promises to be an exciting and patiently paced show.
Parents should watch with their Marvel loving kids, or view the show before deciding if it’s okay for their youngsters.