Marvel is on a hot streak right now and isn’t afraid to test the theory that it can do no wrong with ventures into television like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and now Agent Carter. A slate of Netflix-produced series’ are also on the way starting this April with Daredevil starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, the titular blind super hero.
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Daredevil is set to premiere on Friday, April 10, according to a Marvel and Netflix announcement made via a “motion poster” on YouTube. The first season on the streaming service will run for 13 episodes, with the first two penned by Drew Goddard. Showrunner duties were then picked up by Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. producer Jeph Loeb is also attached to the project.
The Netflix Original Series is the first of four planned by the streaming service and Marvel. A.K.A. Jessica Jones starring Breaking Bad‘s Krysten Ritter is coming as well with Mike Colter joining Ritter as Luke Cage. Iron Fist and a Luke Cage series are planned as well. This collection of street level superheroes all leads to a Defenders cross-over series.
Marvel’s Daredevil is expected to be grittier than what we’ve become accustomed to from the current slate of Marvel movies and TV shows. That tone was communicated in the first image of Charlie Cox in costume, as announced by Marvel at the time. The costume is all black with no eye slits, the same as the Daredevil: Man Without Fear origin story from Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr.
Vincent D’Onofrio plays Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin) in the series, with Rosario Dawson and Deobrah Ann Woll also starring. Elden Henson was cast as Murdock’s longtime friend, and fan favorite, Foggy Nelson.
Here is the official synopsis for Marvel’s Daredevil.
“Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, with executive producers Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods), the series also stars Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson.”
We’ll only be able to tell how successful Marvel’s Daredevil, and other the other Netflix Original Series are by if they are picked up for subsequent seasons. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told journalists at the TV Critics association tour Wednesday that the streaming company will not report content numbers, per a Variety report.
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