I just finished watching the entire first season of Marvel's Daredevil. To sum up this series in a few words doesn't do it justice. For the fans of the original comic book, there has yet to be a live-action interpretation that would meet their expectations. That is until now.
Netflix and Marvel have released upon us 13 hours of nonstop action, corruption, drama, and intensity that has yet to be seen in any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. Captain America seldom gets this bloody. Iron Man never gets this terse. And Thor never touches on the emotional intensity and the fallout of relationships as this series has done. This is the darker side of Marvel Comics, and in casting Charlie Cox, Marvel has found someone who can appropriately carry the mantle of Daredevil in a live-action television series that not only lives up to the expectations of the fans of the comic book, but it also cements Marvel's connection between films and television shows.
Let us not overlook the casting of Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk. As the chief villain in the Daredevil history, the Kingpin is the personification of the corruption of New York City and especially Hell's Kitchen. D'Onofrio captures the obsessive intensity and malevolence of the character in a way that no actor previously has. The 2002 film didn't even come close. He has become the villain that you love to cheer on, and Charlie Cox is the hero worth celebrating.
The casting as well as the use of the actual city of New York makes for the gravity of the series to be believable and enjoyable at the same time, while also subtly connecting to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a fan of the various television shows and movies that have been released in this universe, I was initially skeptical of how this series would hold up in comparison. I am happy to say that that skepticism has been swept away. This was a series that has been worthwhile to wait for, and Netflix has created quite a coup in releasing this in a format that anyone can enjoy especially without commercial interruption. This has been both an entertaining and enriching experience, and without a lot of the cheesy dialogue and CGI that had been found in the 2002 film or even the current films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As both a fan and a writer, I look forward to the gems that the second season offers us. If you haven't seen this series yet, it's 13 hours of your time well spent. And then you can go back to watching this season of House of Cards! Watch it for yourself and I am certain that you will agree.