After revolutionizing the superhero genre on the big screen, Marvel Studios has set its sights on television. And while the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in its second season and the first season of Agent Carter has come and gone, the Netflix Original Series Daredevil is truly the game changer that those two series could have been. In short, Daredevil is a supremely well-crafted and entertaining series that finally does live action justice to its long-loved titular character.
Daredevil follows Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), a blind lawyer living in Hell’s Kitchen, NY, who uses his enhanced senses to fight crime as a masked vigilante. While partnered with lawyer Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and secretary Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Murdock takes on various cases that all seem to have a criminal connection. Meanwhile, criminal kingpin Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) slowly unveils his plans to remold Hell’s Kitchen and gain control of all crime in the area. With both men embracing their destinies, it’s clear they are on a collision course.
Of important note, Daredevil is rated TV-MA for its mature content. While there is some harsh language, it’s mostly the brutal violence that earns the series its rating. When Murdock jumps into action, he puts his enemies through the ringer. People don’t go down easily and there are plenty of broken bones, snapped wrists, deep cuts, and many more brutal injuries. But it’s the criminals that inflict the worst of the violence, much of it enough to cause gasps and grimaces in audiences. While the show does have restraint in what it will explicitly show, this is by far the most violent entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But this is the atmosphere the show wants, and it handles it superbly.
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