Yes Daredevil is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the show isn’t similar in tone to what we normally get from the MCU, and that’s a pretty great thing. It’s dark, edgy and very much contained to this effed up city that is Hell’s Kitchen. So let’s discuss Daredevil episode one!
The days of Ben Affleck Daredevil are gone, and we welcome a much better Daredevil. Episode one basically layed out the groundwork for the rest of the season, and was very expository in nature, but that’s to be expected. It didn’t always flow and pace perfectly, but this was just the first episode, so I’m expecting a much smoother ride from now on.
Daredevil episode one introduced us to this world, to Hell’s Kitchen. The connection to the Marvel CInematic Universe is made clear with references to the first Avengers film. However the show is still very much grounded in its own little world which is good.
Daredevil himself has some mad skills! The action sequences were amazing and what Daredevil deserves. The fight choreography was really well done, along with the slow and still tracking shots, created a really great gritty atmosphere. And as we know, Daredevil will eventually get his red suit later on in the season as he becomes more comfortable with his Daredevil persona.
You forget that this is a Marvel Cinematic Universe show, because it can be pretty brutal at times (oh and has a bit of near nudity how scandalous). And it’s easy to make comparisons to Arrow. Season one of Arrow had very much the same feel as this, however Arrow is on the CW, so it can’t go to the lengths Daredevil can and has gone.
Everything was set up really nicely in the first episode. Charlie Cox is fitting in nicely with his role as Daredevil. He’s a total badass, yet in his down time is totally nice and sweet. You get the sense of a desperate man who is trying to do the best he can. Foggy Nelson is your classic joking best friend and provides a great lighter balance to the show when it needs it, and Karen Page is smart and capable, and doesn’t have any of the annoying traits of some other superhero female leads in TV shows.
We didn’t see Kingpin in the first episode, building up the mystery of his character. I like that their making us wait, just feeling his presence in the shadows. We’re not completely sure of the bad guy’s plan just yet, but it’s your classic dodgy bad guys/drugs/money etc etc.
Unfortunately I don’t have the time to watch the thirteen episodes straight away, but I am looking forward to watching the rest of the season when I can. I like that we get access to the full season straight away, but at the same time I like the suspense The Flash gives us, by making us wait week after week to find out what Harrison Wells is doing next. As I haven’t watched the entire season just yet, I’m not sure if there is a big mystery in Daredevil like that, but I’m sure there will be plenty of cliffhangers.
Overall I really enjoyed Daredevil episode one. I’m glad that they weren’t afraid to go a little dark and brutal and edgy with this show. The Netflix shows should be as contained as they can be, and shouldn’t feel the need to be confined to the tone we typically see in Marvel films.
And I’m sure the Marvel vs DC discussion will come up, so I will say this: Marvel can do dark and edgy, and DC can do light. Marvel proved that with Daredevil and DC proved that with The Flash. What’s important is picking the tone that suits the character, rather than shaping everything to fit the constricted mould of the universe.
Anyways have you had a chance to check out Daredevil yet? If so let me know what you thought!
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