With the upcoming April 10 debut of “Daredevil,” Netflix takes its first step into the world of Marvel. There’s a lot riding on the series, which is the first of four that will eventually lead to the event series “Marvel’s Defenders.”
While the blind vigilante definitely has his fans among comic book readers, he’s not necessarily one of Marvel’s top-level heroes. In fact, a large portion of the general public may be most familiar with “Daredevil” through the 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck. Those people might be surprised by the Netflix take on the story, starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock.
It’s a grittier and more violent tale than has been seen thus far from the Marvel Cinematic Universe or “Agents of SHIELD.” However, it’s still rooted deeply in that world and the overall Marvel mythology.
If you’re not quite sure what you’re getting into or you’d like to be ahead of the curve when “Daredevil” premieres, Zap2it has your back. Take a look at the primer below, which will tell you just about all you need to know about the series and how it ties in to the comic books.
While Hell’s Kitchen on “Daredevil” might not look like the New York City shown in “Marvel’s Avengers,” it’s important to note they are, in fact, the same location. The difference is that instead of high-tech battles against space aliens spanning the length of the city, “Daredevil” focuses on the street-level villains and hero of a single neighborhood.
Luckily, the show will find clever ways to remind you about the “New York incident,” so you won’t forget about the super-powered types running around town, even if you don’t see them..
Anyone who’s read the “Daredevil” comics or seen the 2003 film might be expecting Murdock to patrol the streets of Hell’s Kitchen in the hero’s iconic red leathers. You won’t be getting that from the Netflix version of the story, at least not yet.
Still, the all-black suit Cox’s Murdock wears is inspired by the comics. Daredevil wore a nearly identical costume during a portion of the 1993 “The Man Without Fear” series.
While “Daredevil” is Matt’s story, his world is colored by a number of characters pulled directly from the comics.
Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson): If Murdock has one friend in the world, it’s Foggy Nelson. The two went to law school together and are now opening up their own firm. While Foggy may be the man who knows Matt best, he’s in the dark — no pun intended — about his friend’s secret life as a crime-fighting vigilante.
Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll): Karen Page is not only Nelson and Murdock’s secretary, she’s also a love interest to both — at least in the comics. It’s unclear if the Netflix version of the character will follow that route, but the character is largely the same from the beginning.
Page finds herself working for Murdock and Nelson after they clear her of a murder charge. In the comics, the character eventually becomes addicted to heroin and makes pornographic movies to fund her habit. It remains to be seen if that’s how it will play out on the show.
Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio): Every hero needs a villain to fight against, and Daredevil’s is the Kingpin, Wilson Fisk. Much like Daredevil is a street-level hero, Fisk is also very grounded as a powerful crime lord with enough money and influence to make just about anything happen.
That doesn’t mean he won’t fight his own battles, which will be seen in the series. However, he does have a sensitive side that will also be shown.
Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson): While Claire Temple is a character in the comics, this version seems to also include elements of Night Nurse — an entirely different character in the Marvel universe. Temple, a nurse by trade, tends to the wounds Matt receives during his nights of fighting. While she gets to know him pretty well, Murdock tends to keep his two lives separate — don’t expect her to be friends with Foggy right away.
Other than Matt, Claire may play the biggest role in the various Marvel shows on Netflix. In the comics, she’s a love interest of Luke Cage, who will have his own Netflix series. Whether they’ll be connected in the series remains to be seen.
“Daredevil” premieres on Netflix on Friday, April 10, at 12:01 a.m. ET.