“Marvel’s Daredevil” is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.
So, decades after Daredevil got a major motion picture with a well deserved lackluster response, the horned avatar of justice is back for another round. The progeny of Battlin’ Jack Murdock is not taking a fall this time. The new series features an all star cast including Charlie Cox in the lead role, as well as Eldon Henson, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Rosario Dawson to name but a few. The series kicks off with a bang giving you a glimpse into the accident that bestows Matt with his amazing gifts. A few minutes later we are treated to an action filled fight scene where the man who will become the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen takes down some human traffickers. The first costume seems a little lame at first but give it time, it will grown on you.
Marvel’s Daredevil however, is not all fisticuffs and spinning kicks. This is a story that moves by inches rather than miles taking the time to develop each of the characters fully giving you detailed development of Karen, Foggy, Matt, as well as Ben Urich one of the Marvel mainstays.
Even Daredevil’s nemesis gets fine treatment with a full back story and a show stealing portrayal via D’Onofrio. Wilson Fisk is a complex man driven by a desire to reform Hell’s Kitchen even if he has to destroy it first. The first season builds up to an eventual climactic struggle between the two self styled saviors of Hell’s Kitchen. Make no mistake this is a drama in the fine style of Marvel Studios, bringing a barely considered property into the limelight. Miss this new series at your own risk. It is well worth your time.