Marvel’s Daredevil is Damn Good

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It’s been about 2 weeks since Daredevil was released on Netflix, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We loved it, for many different reasons, but also had a bunch of nits to pick! Who’s excited for Season 2 already?

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Anais

At this point, it’s not that I don’t believe that Marvel can’t screw up. They have made mediocre to bad movies in the past, and it will probably happen again. Age of Ultron is coming out tomorrow where I live, and despite being excited as hell, I’m also super afraid of it sucking. This happens to me with every new Marvel project that comes along. However, I must admit that I’ve never been as sceptical as when they announced the Daredevil series. I mostly remembered the movie as being boring as hell – a shame, I always thought Daredevil was a pretty cool superhero- but that didn’t mean that we wouldn’t expect from Marvel to just wipe that bad memory from our minds.

Daredevil is one of the darker Marvel projects and I’m not going to lie: it works. Take that, people who think that Marvel is all about fun and games! Marvel can be dramatic and serious – so much so in this case that sometimes, Matt Murdock’s brooding seems to echo that of a certain Christian Bale in a certain Dark Knight trilogy. Matt Murdock is haunted by his past, by the tragic lost of two different father figures, by a trauma that shaped his mind way too early, putting him on the path to become the tortured but powerful hero that he is. He is the blind man who can see, the devil that will save you, the hero that the city made – or maybe, that the city deserves. The line between the two is blurry. Daredevil paints a morality in shades of grey that blend in even more when you consider who the supposed antagonist is. Wilson Fisk is a troubled man with a deep love for his home town. He is violent and refined, socially awkward, sensitive. He falls in love.

Daredevil could be a simple matter of good and evil. Instead, it presents both its protagonist and antagonist as equals, if not for Fisk’s outrageous wealth, and makes us love them both, enough so that when the time comes for Daredevil to triumph, you might just be feel a twinge to the heart that it means that Fisk has to lose. It’s a show where the characters earn their peace with sweat and blood. It’s a show where the only difference between good and evil is how far you’re willing to go to reach your goal. All of this with beautiful cinematography and an opening sequence good enough to make me watch it every single time.

Daredevil is probably my second favourite Marvel series so far and the first one came out barely three months ago. I don’t know when Marvel’s winning streak will end, but I sure as hell am loving it.

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Nadin

Binge-watching Daredevil in basically 1 day was the best and the worst thing that ever happened to me – the best because it was awesome, and the worst because I ran out of episodes too soon. Also, because I don’t have a life *ahem*

Admittedly, I still think that Agent Carter is THE BEST show Marvel ever made, but Daredevil is definitely a close second. Although we might just face the truth here – it’s got Charlie Cox. I’d watch Charlie Cox paint walls or read a morning newspaper, and still find it exciting. Okay, let’s face it – if I wasn’t already unhealthily obsessed with Robert Downey Jr. (AWWWWWW!!!!), I’d probably be unhealthily obsessed with Charlie Cox.

So, Daredevil… I’ve got to admit I had my doubts about it, what with being traumatized by Ben Affleck’s film. I mean, who wasn’t? The TV show however was just short of perfect. The characters, the storylines, EVERYTHING ELSE – I don’t even know where to begin. For one thing, I’m happy that Foggy and Karen are not diminished to the role of Daredevil sidekicks – their personal stories are making them real, multidimensional, and much more relatable than I initially expected. I guess I blame Arrow for this particular feat. Also, Matt’s storyline is explored deeper and much better than in the film (something that I also was uncertain about), which is a bonus. And don’t even get me started on the shirtless Charlie Cox – it’s like a special bonus, which I’m endlessly grateful for.

I’m also quite happy that Marvel keeps making believable villains – they’re not evil for the hell of being evil. No, we actually get to see how they ended up on the dark side. They have motives, they have purpose.

The things I hope they’ll fix in the next season: lighting, just so I could see and not just hear what’s going on. I get it that Matt is blind, but I’m not, so…. The pace could be a tad more dynamic. It wasn’t a constant problem, but some scenes felt unnecessary long or wordy. I actually have the exact same problem with Agents Of SHIELD – somehow, Agent Carter makes both these shows feel slower. And for heaven’s sake, add some humour! Obviously, no one expects this story to be ‘haha’ funny, but without comic relief it feels a bit heavy.

That being said, I absolutely enjoyed the first season of the show, and I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeve for the next one!

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Rachel

This shit is INTENSE.

Daredevil is undoubtedly one of the best superhero TV shows on the air right now, and possibly one of the better shows, period. They’ve managed to create a permeating, sepia-toned universe that can stand up to the rest of the MCU as an equal. Charlie Cox’s Daredevil is one of the most human and realistic approaches to the character. Of course, references to the MCU are apparent and satisfying, but unnecessary, as the show holds up on its own quite well.

Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk (not yet Kingpin) is everything. They’ve managed to make him adorable and menacing at the same time. I mean, how often do you get to see a bad guy fall in love? You know you’re doing it right when you start to sympathize with the villain’s agenda. The best thing about the show is how visible the contrast (or lack thereof) is between the protagonist and the antagonist. On the surface, they might seem like they’re aiming for the same goal. They’re both trying to make the city a better place, they’re both trying to achieve it through violent means, they both have serious daddy issues, and honestly, if Matthew Murdock had a little bit more money, he’d probably be right where Wilson Fisk is right now. He draws the line at killing people, but does that really make him all that different?

However, there’s one key point that Matt apart from Wilson. The key point is that he isn’t ‘good’. He isn’t ‘evil’, either. Justice is blind, and so is he. Matthew Murdock’s insistence on following the letter of the law in his business suit, translates well into when he’s wearing his costume. Yes, he’s gonna crack a few skulls and break a few arms, but he’s doing it for justice and the future of the city. That’s the difference.

It’s not without faults. Some of the action beats are a bit repetitive (too many arm twisting scenes!), and at the moment, the secondary characters seem a little one-dimensional (I would personally like to know more about Foggy and Karen’s background). However, I’m glad it’s been slated for a second season, so I can only imagine it gets better from here. Very, very excited!

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Roz

The buns are so right. Daredevil is amazing. It’s a great show, not just a great version of a superhero show. I’ve been thinking a lot about characters and motivations. Matt does the right thing for the right reasons, he’s after justice. Fisk does the wrong thing for the right reasons, because he’s after change. At any cost. That makes Fisk more interesting to me and I think the show really delves into those motivations with his past, the new romance, and that goddamn white painting. Karen is interesting to me because she is often put into the same positions as Matt, but she will do the wrong thing for the right reasons, like break the law and even kill someone. I also really like Madame Gao, the villain who does the wrong thing for the wrong reasons. She’s blinding people and only after personal wealth. She doesn’t even care that much about power and she certainly doesn’t give a shit about the city.

It’s funny because they’re filming another Marvel antihero not far from me. Deadpool kind of does the right thing for no reason. I heart Marvel.

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