‘Daredevil’ to Showcase Marvel’s Dark Side

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[dropcap size=small]C[/dropcap]harlie Cox is bringing Daredevil to life in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix original series, and the actor recently revealed that the show will present a darker side to Marvel that has yet to be seen in the studio’s Cinematic Universe.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cox explained the darker feel to the series:

“I’ve read comics after comics after comics – I’ve never read so many comics in my life, and we’re finding moments from the comics to reference in the show. We’re trying to make a show that’s new and much, much darker than anything I’ve ever seen Marvel do before.”

In addition to the first official photo of Cox in costume as Daredevil, it can be safely assumed from his interview that the show will draw significant inspiration from Frank Miller’s seminal comic miniseries The Man Without Fear.

Charlie Cox as the Man Without Fear.
Charlie Cox as the Man Without Fear.

Miller’s take on the superhero, as with much of the writer’s other work, comes from a darker place than many of the character’s other stories, so it will be interesting to see how this translates to the series.

Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer had previously given Screen Rant a similar glimpse of the show’s direction:

“This is the street level noir side of the Marvel Universe…something that you haven’t really, really seen in any of our Marvel movies, and probably more ground level than I think you’ve seen. This is not like us doing Batman, Dark Knight or any of that stuff. This is very Marvel doing street level superheroes.”

It remains to be seen just how much Daredevil will stray from the feel of the previously released films in the MCU and delve into the back alleys of New York City. Marvel has the opportunity to push the envelope with the freedom of producing the series for Netflix, but only time will tell how mature the studio will make Matt Murdock’s story. Is it May yet?

Marvel’s Daredevil will premiere exclusively on Netflix in May 2015.

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