Daredevil is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, with an unspecified amount of input from Jack Kirby, and first appeared in Daredevil #1 (April 1964).
Living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle. While he no longer can see, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability. His father, a boxer named Jack Murdock, supports him as he grows up, though Jack is later killed by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight. After donning a yellow and dark red, and later an all dark red costume, Matt seeks out revenge against his father's killers as the superhero Daredevil, fighting against his many enemies including Bullseye and the Kingpin. Daredevil's nickname is "the Man Without Fear".
While Daredevil had been home to the work of comic-book artists such as Everett, Kirby, Wally Wood, John Romita, Sr., and Gene Colan, among others, Frank Miller's influential tenure on the title in the early 1980s cemented the character as a popular and influential part of the Marvel Universe. Daredevil has since appeared in many various forms of media including several animated series, video games and merchandise, and the 2003 feature-length film Daredevil, where he was portrayed by Ben Affleck. Charlie Cox will play Daredevil in Marvel's upcoming Daredevil live-action television series set to premier April 2015.
Daredevil is a 2003 American superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the film stars Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who fights for justice in the courtroom and out of the courtroom as the masked vigilante Daredevil. Jennifer Garner plays his love interest Elektra Natchios; Colin Farrell plays the merciless assassin Bullseye; David Keith plays Jack "The Devil" Murdock, a washed up fighter who is Matt's father; and Michael Clarke Duncan plays Wilson Fisk, also known as the crime lord Kingpin.
The film began development in 1997 at 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures, before New Regency acquired the rights in 2000. Johnson shot the film primarily in Downtown Los Angeles despite the Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan setting of the film and comics. Rhythm and Hues Studios were hired to handle the film's CGI. Graeme Revell composed the Daredevil score which was released on CD in March 2003, whereas the various artists soundtrack album, Daredevil: The Album, was released in February.
Reviews of the film were mixed, praising Ben Affleck's performance but criticizing the lack of character development. The film was still a profitable theatrical run and became February's second biggest release: it was successful enough for a spin-off film, Elektra, which was released in 2005. In 2004, an R-rated director's cut of Daredevil was released, incorporating approximately thirty minutes back into the film, including an entire sub-plot involving a character played by Coolio. The director's cut was intended as an improvement over the theatrical version.
Elektra is a 2005 Canadian-American superhero film directed by Rob Bowman. It is a spin-off from the 2003 film Daredevil, starring the Marvel Comics character Elektra Natchios (portrayed by Jennifer Garner). The story follows Elektra, an assassin whose weapon of choice is a pair of sai.
For the screenplay, Zak Penn, Stuart Zicherman and Raven Metzner received "written by" credit. Mark Steven Johnson received credit for "motion picture characters" and Frank Miller for "comic book characters." Filming started around May 2004 in Vancouver. It was the first superhero film released in 2005, followed by Batman Begins, Fantastic Four, and Sky High.
Daredevil premiered on Netflix April 10, 2015.
Marvel's Daredevil, or simply Daredevil, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the first in a series of shows that will lead up to The Defenders crossover miniseries. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios and Goddard Textiles, with DeKnight Productions for the first season. Steven S. DeKnight serves as showrunner on the first season, with Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez taking over for the second; Goddard serves as a consultant on both seasons.
Charlie Cox stars as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, a blind lawyer-by-day who fights crime at night. Daredevil entered development in late 2013, a year after the film rights to the character reverted to Marvel, with Goddard initially hired in December 2013. DeKnight replaced him as showrunner and Cox was hired to star in May 2014, with Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D'Onofrio also starring. Additional season one stars include Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Bob Gunton, and Ayelet Zurer, while Jon Bernthal, Élodie Yung, and Stephen Rider join the cast for season two. Filming takes place in New York City, in areas that still look like the old Hell's Kitchen.
All episodes of the first season were released on Netflix on April 10, 2015, while the second season was released in its entirety on March 18, 2016. In July 2016, the series was renewed for a third season. A spin-off series, centered on Bernthal's character Frank Castle / Punisher and titled Marvel's The Punisher, was ordered by Netflix in April 2016.
Daredevil Episode #1 "Into the Ring"
Matt Murdock begins his vigilante career and opens a law firm with his friend, Foggy Nelson. Their first client is Karen Page, a secretary for constructions company Union Allied who has accidentally uncovered a massive pension embezzlement scheme. Murdock protects Page from an assassin hired by Union Allied representative Wesley to retrieve Page's copy of the file and exposes it through a local newspaper, the New York Bulletin. Wesley covers up the involvement of his employer, Wilson Fisk, in the scandal, while the Russian mafia arranges a young boy's kidnapping to lure the vigilante into a trap. Page volunteers to work for Murdock and Nelson in retribution for their help.
Daredevil Episode #2 "Cut Man"
After being lured into a trap by the Russians, a severely injured Murdock is found by nurse Claire Temple, who tends to his wounds. One of the Russians locates them, but Murdock is able to overpower and then torture him into revealing the boy's location. He then infiltrates the building, fighting off the rest of the gang, and rescues the boy. Meanwhile, Nelson comforts Page in the wake of her traumatic experience.
Daredevil Episode #3 "Rabbit in a Snow Storm"
Murdock and Nelson are hired by Wesley to represent John Healy, an enforcer who was arrested for the murder of one of Fisk's rivals. Suspicious of Wesley's connection to Union Allied, Murdock convinces the jury to acquit Healy of murder and later forces him to name Fisk as his employer, prompting Healy to commit suicide to avoid punishment. Meanwhile, Page enlists struggling reporter Ben Urich to find evidence connecting Union Allied to Fisher's murder.
Daredevil Episode #4 "In the Blood"
Russian mobsters Anatoly and Vladimir are pressured by Fisk to eliminate the vigilante. Upon learning that Temple is connected to him, they kidnap her to lure Murdock into a trap, but Murdock is able to fight them off and rescue her. Meanwhile, Fisk invites art dealer Vanessa Marianna on a date, which is interrupted by Anatoly, making Marianna suspicious. In a fit of rage, Fisk beats Anatoly to death and frames the vigilante for the murder. Meanwhile, Urich begrudingly accepts Page's help to investigate Union Allied, which has been dismantled, and acquire its old computers in an auction.
Daredevil Episode #5 "World on Fire"
Murdock begins searching for Vladimir, who becomes convinced that the vigilante is on Fisk's payroll. Fisk brokers a deal with drug lord Madame Gao to replace the Russians as her dealer, and later pursues Marianna, claiming that Hell's Kitchen needs to be destroyed before it can be reborn, and they develop a relationship. Murdock locates Vladimir's hideout just as Fisk triggers a series of bombings throughout Hell's Kitchen.
Daredevil Episode #6 "Condemned"
Fisk sends corrupt police officers to eliminate Vladimir and the vigilante, but Murdock manages to evade them and carry Vladimir to an abandoned building to tend to his wounds. Vladimir confirms to him that Fisk is trying to take over New York City's criminal underworld and instructs Murdock to locate Fisk's accountant Leland Owlsley to acquire evidence of his crimes. The duo attempts to escape through the underground access tunnels, but Vladimir stays behind to hold off Fisk's men, while the vigilante is blamed for the bombings. Nelson, Page and Temple deal with the fallback from the bombings.
Daredevil Episode #7 "Stick"
Murdock's mentor Stick, who taught him to master his abilities as a child, returns to New York City and enlists Murdock's help to destroy Black Sky, a weapon the Japanese led by Fisk's associate Nobu have brought into the city. Murdock agrees on the condition Stick restrains himself from killing, but Stick breaks his promise and attempts to kill Black Sky, whom is revealed to be a young boy. Murdock stops him and, after a violent fight in Murdock's apartment, Stick agrees to leave the city.
Daredevil Episode #8 "Shadows in the Glass"
Matt is brought into the plan to take down Fisk with Foggy and Karen who also introduce him to Urich. Matt advises them to take down Fisk by the way of the law instead of doing it on the down low like they were. Meanwhile, the vigilante visits Urich and gives him information on Fisk while Fisk himself is haunted by flashbacks that reveal he and his mother were dominated by his abusive father, Bill Fisk. Fisk eventually murdered his father after he saw him beating up his mother, and decided to cover it up. Fisk also goes public on his plans to make the city a better place.
Daredevil Episode #9 "Speak of the Devil"
In the wake of Fisk's public revelation, Urich, Foggy, and Karen begin to think about how to uncover Fisk's past, while Matt still tells them to go through the legal system. Matt meets Vanessa and Fisk, all while contemplating whether or not he should kill Fisk. The firm's client, Mrs. Cardenas, is killed, presumably by Fisk. Meanwhile, Nobu demands a promised city block from Fisk. Fisk asks that Nobu provide him with a "specialist" in return to deal with the vigilante, which turns out to be Nobu himself. Fisk makes a public speech designed to lure the vigilante out. Matt and Nobu fight, with Matt eventually winning. Fisk confronts the injured Matt, beating him nearly to death. Matt barely escapes, only to collapse at his home in front of Foggy.
Daredevil Episode #10 "Nelson v. Murdock"
Foggy discovers Matt's alternate identity and confronts him about his apparent blindness and powers. Foggy removes himself from Nelson and Murdock. Meanwhile, Karen tricks Ben into helping her find Fisk's mother, who they interrogate for information about Fisk's troubling past. Fisk and Vanessa attend a fundraising party after Fisk's successful speeches to the public that earned him the respect of the Hell's Kitchen. People begin to drop because of poisoned champagne, and Vanessa is one of them.
Episode #11 "The Path of the Righteous"
Still recovering from his injuries, Matt finds Melvin Potter, a mentally unbalanced engineer who has been coerced into working for Fisk, and asks him to make a suit of body armor like the ones he has made for Fisk. While Vanessa is recovering in the hospital, Karen and Ben locate Fisk's mother and learn the truth about his father's death. While at the hospital, Wesley receives a phone call from Fisk's mother and learns that Karen and Ben have tracked her down. He confronts Karen and attempts to blackmail her into not exposing Fisk, threatening to hurt her friends. In desperation, Karen grabs his gun and shoots him.
Episode #12 "The Ones We Leave Behind"
Matt dismantles Madame Gao's drug smuggling operation, prompting her to leave the city. While Karen begins drinking heavily to cope with Wesley's death, Matt and Karen make amends, and Ben attempts to publish his expose on Fisk, but is rejected by his editor. When Ben decides to publish the expose online, Fisk breaks into Ben's apartment and strangles him to death.
Daredevil Finale Episode #13 "Daredevil"
Matt and Karen attend Ben Urich's funeral, and Matt reassures Karen that Fisk and his co-conspirators will face justice. Meanwhile, Fisk learns that Owlsley and Madame Gao conspired to poison Vanessa, whom they deemed a distraction, and that Owlsley has been hiding Detective Hoffman as an insurance policy. When Owlsley tries to blackmail him, an infuriated Fisk throws Owlsley into an open elevator shaft, killing him. Matt and Foggy meet at Matt's gym and reconcile their differences, and they begin building their case against Fisk. In his vigilante disguise, Matt finds Detective Hoffman and convinces him to agree to testify against Fisk. With Matt and Foggy serving as his lawyers, Hoffman goes to the police and turns state's evidence. Acting on Hoffman's testimony, federal agents arrest Fisk and his co-conspirators, but Fisk manages to escape custody. Before he can flee the city, Matt intercepts him, wearing the new set of armor made for him by Potter. After a brutal fight, Matt defeats Fisk and leaves him to the police, avenging Ben's death. Fisk is arrested, Vanessa leaves the city, and Matt, Karen and Foggy celebrate their success and resume their work. The vigilante is named "Daredevil" by the media.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Tie-ins
Daredevil is the first of the ordered Netflix series, and will be followed by Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage, and Marvel's Iron Fist, before leading into the miniseries, Marvel's The Defenders. In November 2013, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that, if the characters prove popular on Netflix, “It’s quite possible that they could become feature films." In August 2014, D'Onofrio stated that after the "series stuff with Netflix", Marvel has "a bigger plan to branch out". In December 2014, Loeb explained that "Within the Marvel universe there are thousands of heroes of all shapes and sizes, but the Avengers are here to save the universe and Daredevil is here to save the neighborhood ... It does take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s all connected. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we would look up in the sky and see [Iron Man]. It’s just a different part of New York that we have not yet seen in the Marvel movies." Dawson later elaborated that "When you've got that level of superpowers, the fighting is different, the stakes are different, and it has a grander feel. In that world, they exist in it, so they know it and it's normal to them. But in reality when people are fighting and doing really bad, elicit crimes on the ground and there are guns and drugs - bones are going to break. People aren't hitting each other and nothing's going to happen because they're indestructible. These are people. They're vulnerable and you get to experience that."
In February 2015, Emma Fleisher of Marvel Television stated that Daredevil takes place in the aftermath of the Battle of New York as depicted in The Avengers. "We are still part of the Marvel Universe, but we are not explicitly in that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. world. We're in our own corner. So the aliens came down and ruined the city, and this is the story of Hell's Kitchen's rebuild."
In March 2015, Loeb spoke on the ability for the series to crossover with the MCU films and the ABC television series, saying, "As it is now, in the same way that our films started out as self-contained and then by the time we got to The Avengers, it became more practical for Captain America to do a little crossover into Thor 2 and for Bruce Banner to appear at the end of Iron Man 3. We have to earn that. The audience needs to understand who all of these characters are and what the world is before you then start co-mingling in terms of where it's going."
In April, Cox stated that crossing over with the films is "possible. I think there's a way that the worlds can merge. I think our show feels tonally and thematically a bit different from The Avengers movies, but it's all one universe and I feel like there's a way for Daredevil - and other characters, Luke Cage and street level crime characters - to fit into that universe. I think there has to be a way, and I think it's about finding an autonomous tone for that [crossover] film".
The character of Carl "Crusher" Creel, who is mentioned in the show as having fought Jack Murdock in the latter's final boxing match, appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., portrayed by Brian Patrick Wade. After his father's death, Matt Murdock is raised in the St. Agnes Orphanage, where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 's Skye was also raised.
Daredevil Season 2 (2016)
The second season of the American web television series Daredevil, which is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, follows Matt Murdock / Daredevil, a blind lawyer-by-day who fights crime at night, crossing paths with the deadly Frank Castle / Punisher along with the return of an old girlfriend: Elektra Natchios. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films and other television series of the franchise. The season is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez serving as showrunners, and series creator Drew Goddard acting as consultant.
Charlie Cox stars as Murdock, while Jon Bernthal and Élodie Yung are introduced as Castle and Natchios. Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D'Onofrio also return from the first season, with Stephen Rider joining them. The season was ordered in April 2015 after the successful release of the first, with Petrie and Ramirez replacing the season one showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. Production on the season began in July 2015 and continued through December, with the season focusing on the nature of heroism through comparison of Murdock to Castle and Natchios, and showing how the latter two affect Murdock's life.
The first two episodes of the season premiered in Paris on March 7, 2016, with the full season of 13 episodes released on Netflix on March 18. Critics praised the introduction of Castle and Natchios, as well as Bernthal's performance in particular, the season's action, and storylines. However, many missed the presence of Vondie Curtis-Hall's Ben Urich from season one, and D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk during the first half of season two. The series was renewed for a third season in July 2016.
The Defenders (2017)
Marvel's The Defenders, or simply The Defenders, is an upcoming American web television miniseries developed for Netflix by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and is the culmination of a series of interconnected shows from Marvel and Netflix. The miniseries is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Petrie and Ramirez serving as showrunners.
The limited series stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and Finn Jones as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, all reprising their roles from their individual series. Élodie Yung also stars as Elektra Natchios, reprising the role from Marvel's Daredevil. Development of the miniseries began in late 2013, with Cox the first actor cast in May 2014, and Jones the final of the title four cast in February 2016. Petrie and Ramirez joined as showrunners in April, after serving in the same role on the second season of Daredevil, and filming began in New York City that October.
The Defenders will consist of eight episodes, and is scheduled to be released in 2017.